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No changes planned to assisteddeath law Ottawa says after dying womans plea

first_imgHALIFAX – Ottawa remains confident in its assisted dying legislation, and doesn’t plan changes despite a Halifax woman’s deathbed plea, federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said Friday.She said the government feels strongly the two-year-old legislation strikes the appropriate balance between the protection of people’s autonomy and safeguards for vulnerable people.“We’re not considering changing something in the legislation,” Wilson-Raybould told reporters.“We’re confident in the legislation that we brought forward, that it finds the right balance in terms of being able to access medical assistance in dying, protecting the autonomy of individuals to make the appropriate decisions for themselves as well as protecting vulnerable individuals.”Audrey Parker, a terminally ill Halifax woman, ended her life Thursday with medical assistance, after issuing an impassioned deathbed plea urging lawmakers to change the legislation.Diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in 2016, the 57-year-old woman had been approved for an assisted death but said the restrictive nature of the law forced her to end her life sooner than she would have liked.Parker stressed the law had to be changed because anyone approved for a medically assisted death must be conscious and mentally sound at the moment they grant their final consent for a lethal injection.The issue will be among those considered in a report being drafted by a panel of experts, which is due by the end of the year but is not expected to make recommendations.“We’re looking forward to receiving those reports back on mature minors, on advance directives, and on mental illness alone as an indicator for medical assistance in dying, and we’ll review those reports when we get them,” said Wilson-Raybould.She said her heart went out to Parker and her family.Parker was given a lethal injection and “died peacefully” in her Halifax apartment, surrounded by close friends and family.“I wanted to make it to Christmas and New Year’s Eve, my favourite time of the year, but I lost that opportunity because of a poorly thought-out federal law,” Parker wrote in a Facebook post hours before her death.She asked people to send emails or texts to their member of Parliament to encourage them to amend the law to help people in her category, which she described as “assessed and approved.”Meanwhile, Dying With Dignity Canada spokesman Cory Ruf questioned why the government was being so definitive in its stance only a day after Parker’s death.“It appears callous for the government to so quickly dismiss the lessons of her story,” Ruf said in an interview.“It’s interesting that the justice minister used the word vulnerable. People who qualify for assisted dying, who’ve been assessed and approved for assisted dying, are vulnerable.”Ruf said his organization questions the government’s suggestion that the rule that forces people to confirm their wishes before being assisted in death protects the vulnerable.“In fact Audrey’s story shows us that it does the opposite,” he said.Ruf said his organization is determined to continue a fight that doesn’t end with Parker’s death.“More stories like Audrey’s are going to come their (the government’s) way,” he said. “Her story, the decision she faced at end of life is not unique and government knows that.”last_img read more

More Stars Recount Their Own Refugee Stories For UNHCR Campaign

first_imgA new set of stories from high profile supporters are launched on UNHCR’s online campaign platform ahead of World Refugee Day, June 20.Video: Emma Thompson & her son Tindy Agaba discuss familyThese personal stories draw on a range of experiences from meeting refugees, to their own family experiences. Stories include:• Actress Emma Thompson and her son Tindy Agaba recounting his first days in the UK as a refugee. • Human rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai talking about a girl she met at Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. • American Actress Kristin Davis giving an emotional account of her time at Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. • Author Neil Gaiman talking about a doctor he met at Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. • War artist George Butler has shared a picture he painted of Syrian refugees fleeing in their car. • Film Director Wes Anderson introducing a scene from his recent film The Grand Budapest Hotel. • Actor David Morrissey talking about a Syrian refugee family he met in Jordan.Video: Kristin Davis tells Dadaab refugee storyOther high profile supporters sharing stories include, author Henning Mankell, supermodel Alek Wek, author Marina Lewycka, marathon runner Guor Maker, broadcaster Emma Freud, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Khaled Hosseini, musician Maher Zain, architect Sir Richard Rogers, American actress and singer Kat Graham, UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor, actress Diane Kruger and writer and illustrator Judith Kerr.Find more stories here.last_img read more

New Years Eve safety with Chief Nisleit
New Years Eve safety with Chief Nisleit

first_imgNew Year’s Eve safety with Chief Nisleit KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – If you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve in San Digeo, you can rest assured that San Diego Police will be working hard to keep everyone safe!It’s up to each of us to make the right choices to stay safe, too.San Diego Police Chief David Nislet joined us Saturday morning with more. Updated: 3:07 PM Posted: December 29, 2018center_img December 29, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Just walking around can help you live longer
Just walking around can help you live longer

first_imgEven if you do not sweat it out in the gym very morning, swapping out just a few minutes of sedentary time with some sort of movement can help you live longer, suggests new research.In the study involving over 3,000 people aged 50 to 79, the researchers found that the least active people were five times more likely to die during the study period than the most active people and three times more likely than those in the middle range for activity.“You did not have to even get a good sweat to experience the reduced likelihood of mortality,” said study lead author Ezra Fishman from University of Pennsylvania in the US. “Activity doesn’t have to be especially vigorous to be beneficial. That’s the public health message,” Fishman noted. For the study, the participants wore ultra-sensitive activity trackers, called accelerometers, for seven days, generating data compiled by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For these same people, the agency then tracked mortality for the next eight years.“When we compare people who exercise the same amount, those who sit less and move around more tend to live longer,” Fishman said. “The folks who were walking around, washing the dishes, sweeping the floor tended to live longer than the people who were sitting at a desk,” Fishman noted. Though the scientists did not discover any magic threshold for the amount a person needs to move to improve mortality, they did learn that even adding just 10 minutes per day of light activity could make a difference.last_img read more

PEOPLE Freed named Trade Relations Committee Chair for CLIA
PEOPLE Freed named Trade Relations Committee Chair for CLIA

first_img Thursday, March 23, 2017 [PEOPLE] Freed named Trade Relations Committee Chair for CLIA WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vicki Freed, Senior VP of Sales, Trade Support and Service for Royal Caribbean International, has been named chair of the CLIA Trade Relations Committee.In this role Freed will lead the committee which consists of senior leadership within the sales and marketing divisions of CLIA’s Cruise Line Members. The Trade Relations Committee works to empower travel agencies and agents to grow consumer, media and industry awareness of the merits of cruise travel and the cruise industry’s unwavering commitment to safety, security, health and sustainability.“Vicki Freed wrote the book on trade engagement in the cruise industry and we are thrilled to have her leading our Trade Relations Committee,” said Charles Sylvia, Vice President, Membership and Trade Relations. “Vicki is recognized as a strong supporter of travel agencies and agents, and serving as TRC chair will elevate her ability to champion for the trade at the industry level.”Freed oversees Royal Caribbean International’s sales force, the largest sales team in the cruise industry, and manages the Trade Support and Service division. Prior to that, she served in various roles with Carnival Cruise Lines for 29 years, spending the last 15 as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing.Freed assumes the chairmanship from Ken Muskat, formally Executive VP of Sales, Public Relations and Guest Services, MSC Cruises, who left the committee in 2016. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: CLIA, People, Royal Caribbean Internationallast_img read more