Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Canada - How to Normalize Euthanasia to Its Most Vulnerable

Canada has become one of the world's leading nations in one aspect - the promotion and utilization of euthanasia, benignly labelled as Medical Assistance in Dying or MAiD (which sounds so benign, doesn't it?).  In this posting, we'll look at one of the Trudeau government's moves to normalize euthanasia to young Canadians through funding by Health Canada which is totally funded by Canada's taxpayers.  As background to this posting, my readers should understand that I have spent the past few years volunteering with my local hospice which has given me an insider's view on end-of-life issues.


The document which is the subject of this posting appears on the Canadian Virtual Hospice website which you can find here.  Here is a quote from their website about their programs with my bold:


"The Canadian Virtual Hospice provides support and personalized information about advanced illness, palliative care, loss and grief, to people living with illness, family members, people working in healthcare, educators, and researchers. The Canadian Virtual Hospice is a division of the International Centre for Dignity and Palliative Care Inc., a registered charity.


In 2001, a group of palliative care leaders from across Canada gathered to consider whether a web-based platform could address some of the national gaps in palliative care. They recognized that Canadians need a reputable source for finding information and support, whenever they need it, wherever they live.

They envisioned the creation of a “virtual hospice.” A safe place where:

People without ready access to palliative care specialists can ask questions of a clinical team specialized in palliative care and grief.

People living with illness, families, and others in their care network can find text and multimedia content about managing symptoms and other caregiving topics, accessing financial benefits, navigating the healthcare system, and communicating with their local healthcare providers.

Healthcare providers can easily access evidence-informed, leading tools to better care for and communicate with people living with illness and families.

Educators can access content to supplement lectures and develop assignments for students. 

Researchers can share their latest findings, enabling healthcare providers to stay on top of important developments.

These experts found an enthusiastic supporter in Senator Sharon Carstairs. Her invaluable assistance coupled with financial investments by founding partners allowed the dream of to become a reality."

Interestingly, Virtual Hospice has the following partners:


Veterans Affairs Canada


Health Canada


Winnipeg Regional Health Authority


Healthcare Excellence Canada 


Note that Healthcare Excellence Canada has significant connections to Canada's provincial health care systems through its board of directors.


With that background, let's look at how the Canadian government is using Health Canada to promote its euthanasia agenda.  Here is the cover of an activity book that is being used to help young Canadians understand MAiD:

Let's start by looking at who the activity book is designed for as found in this quote from the Information for adults page on page 24:


The book opens with an explanation of MAiD:


It goes on to explain that a person can have MAiD if they are at least 18 years of age and meet these qualifications:


1.) They have a serious illness, disease, or disability that hurts their body or their mind so much that it feels too hard to keep living.


2.) Medicines have not been able to help their body or mind feel better,


3.) There is no cure; nothing can make the illness or disability go away, even if the person and their health care team have tried everything they could.


The person must also be able to understand their illness or disability, all of the treatment options and supports available to them and what MAiD is and how it works.


In this screen capture, the authors explain to children how MAiD works, making it seem rather benign:



The authors explain why someone would want MAiD to a child that barely understands the concept of death:


1.) Most people who ask for MAiD have an illness that will cause their body to die no matter what. They are not choosing to die instead of live.


2.) They are choosing what will make their body die, when and where it will happen, and who they spend that time with.


3.) Other people might ask for MAiD if their illness or disability will not cause their body to die, but it causes too much pain or suffering for them to keep living with it, and there is no way to make the illness or disability get better or go away.


In this screen capture, children are encouraged to complete this activity:



Children are then offered the following:



What kind of message is the Trudeau government trying to send to Canada's children?  Why are Canadian taxpayers funding what is essentially a colouring/activity book which is normalizing euthanasia to children between the ages of 6 and 12?  Children of this age bracket should not have to face this sort of traumatizing issue until they are adults but, then again, if you normalize euthanasia to the youngest among us, it will be much easier to convince them of the necessity of the procedure for issues like poverty, unemployment, non-life threatening disabilities along with anxiety and depression, mental health issues that are quite common among teenagers.  How far is our society willing to go?


Let's close with this video from Simons, a Canadian fashion retailer:



Glorifying death by choice.  

Canada.  Where hope and socialized health care come to die.

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