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Access Awareness Event 2015

June 4, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Carter decision on physician-assisted dying: where do people with disabilities go from here?

Webcast archive available here

The recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Carter has raised serious questions about its impact on persons with disabilities — many are concerned that the decision leaves them vulnerable.

On June 4, 2015, join the ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Law Society for a discussion about the Carter decision. The discussion will address what Carter means for persons with disabilities; explore the community’s concerns about the decision; and offer guidance on how community members can ensure that their voices are heard in any legislative process that develops, in order to guarantee that the interests of all persons with disabilities are recognized and protected.

Program details:

Session 1 (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.):
Carter v. Canada (Attorney General) – Analysis of the Supreme Court of Canada decision – what does it mean for people with disabilities?

Dr. Joan Gilmour, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School

Ivana Petricone, Legal Counsel, ARCH Disability Law Centre

Session 2 (5:00 – 6:00 p.m.):
Moving Forward: Community Perspectives and Safeguards

Michael Bach, Executive Vice-President, Canadian Association for Community Living
Kerry Bowman, Clinical Ethicist, Mount Sinai Hospital, and
Professor, University of Toronto, Family and Community Medicine
Tracy Odell, Citizens With Disabilities Ontario

Tess Sheldon, Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre


For further information, contact: equityevents@lsuc.on.ca | 416-947-3413 | 1-800-668-7380, ext. 3413.

Photographs taken at this public event will be used in Law Society and partner organization print and online publications.


June 4, 2015
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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