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The Death Debate - Assisted Death in Canada

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Published on Feb 24, 2016

THE DEATH DEBATE tracks the story behind the recent landmark Supreme Court of Canada case on assisted dying. The story starts in 1993, when the issue was last heard, and picks up with where things are in 2011, when Canada’s most celebrated civil rights lawyer, Joe Arvay, decides it’s time for the issue to be revisited. With the help of the BC Civil Liberties Association and plaintiff Gloria Taylor, a terminally ill 63-year-old woman who wants to end her own life with dignity, Arvay and his co-counsel Sheila Tucker and Alison Latimer, file a lawsuit against the Government of Canada arguing that the current prohibition on assisted dying is unconstitutional. The film looks at the ensuing arguments presented from both sides, with particular focus on the individuals at the forefront of the fight, and in so doing, shows how a small group of people really can change things.
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