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Interior of the Senate Chamber in the Canadian Parliament.

Canadian bill to allow medical suicide even if death not 'reasonably foreseeable'

Feb 25, 2020

The bill will introduce “new and modified safeguards” for people eligible for euthanasia but who are not predicted to die in the immediate... Read more

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Experts warn Canadian medical suicide law is 'most permissive in the world'

Feb 14, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

A new report has warned against expanding access to euthanasia in Canada to those with mental illnesses.  Read more

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a press conference after a meeting with the German Chancellor in the Federal Chanclery in Berlin. February 2017.

Canadian archbishop warns Trudeau over new 'assisted dying' laws

Feb 3, 2020

The president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau decrying the effort to... Read more

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Perform euthanasia or lose government funding, Canadian hospice told

Jan 22, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

A Canadian hospice is at risk of losing its government funding over its refusal to euthanize patients who request an... Read more

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Euthanasia increases organ donations in Canada amid ethical concerns

Jan 7, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

Canadians who choose medical suicide are being actively solicited for their organs in a practice one Member of Parliament said raises... Read more

Quebec considers expanding eligibility for euthanasia

Dec 3, 2019

Quebec's health minister announced Friday that the province will open a consultation on allowing euthanasia for people who can no... Read more

Cathedral Basilica of Notre Dame in Quebec City.

Relics of Canadian saints stolen from Quebec City's Cathedral

Oct 25, 2019

By Mary Farrow

The Cathedral Basilica of Notre Dame in Quebec is working to replace relics of Canadian saints that were stolen after... Read more

Sole private abortion clinic in New Brunswick to close

Oct 11, 2019

Clinic 554, the only private abortion clinic in the Canadian province of New Brunswick, is closing because of financial instability,... Read more

Family questions criteria after euthanization of Canadian man

Sep 30, 2019

After Alan Nichols' death by voluntary euthanasia at a British Columbia hospital in July, his family have questioned the imprecision... Read more

Be teachers of youth, Canadian bishops' president tells plenary assembly

Sep 24, 2019

Beginning the plenary assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on Monday, Bishop Lionel Gendron of Saint-Jean-Longueuil called his... Read more

Catholic hospital in Nova Scotia required to offer assisted suicide, euthanasia

Sep 20, 2019

A Catholic hospital in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia will now be required to offer assisted suicide and euthanasia... Read more

Silhouette of a doctor walking in a hurry in the hospital corridor.

Canadian man receives assisted death after funding cut for in-home care

Aug 16, 2019

The family of a Canadian man with ALS is urging the country’s government to change the way it treats patients after he received a... Read more

Catholics and First Nations people participate in a procession in Agassiz on St. Kateri Tekakwitha's feast day July 14.  Courtesy: B.C. Catholic

First Nations Canadians celebrate St. Kateri as a bridge between cultures 

Jul 28, 2019

By Mary Farrow

St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American to be canonized a saint, was celebrated by First Nations people throughout Canada... Read more

Quebecois bishops: prohibition on religious garb will 'fuel fear and intolerance'

Jun 18, 2019

The Canadian province of Quebec passed a law Sunday prohibiting future government employees “in positions of authority” from expressing their... Read more

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reviews the highlights of his Liberal government's first parliamentary session, Ottawa, 2016.

Canadian PM to raise 'concerns' on abortion during Pence visit

May 30, 2019

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he intends to raise the subject of American abortion policy with Vice President... Read more

David Anderson MP.

Canadian MPs fight to protect doctors, patients against euthanasia

May 11, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Canadian members of parliament are attempting to pass a law that would protect the conscience rights of doctors, as the... Read more

Participants at the May 9 Canadian March for Life, in Ottawa, Canada.

50 Years of Abortion: Where does Canada go from here?

May 10, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

On May 14, 2019, abortion will have been legal in Canada for half a century. Since it became legal, approximately... Read more

The 2019 Canadian March for Life in Ottawa, May 9.

Canadians march for life

May 9, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Pro-life campaigners from across Canada gathered on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill Thursday for the country’s annual National March for Life.  Read more

Ashiq Mesih and Eisham Ashiq, Asia Bibi's husband and daughter in Rome April 15, 2015.

Asia Bibi leaves Pakistan, arrives in Canada

May 8, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Asia Bibi, the Catholic wife and mother who spent 9 years on death row on blasphemy charges in Pakistan, has... Read more

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More than 1% of deaths in Canada caused by euthanasia

Apr 29, 2019

The Fourth Interim Report on Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada, released this month by Health Canada, showed that from... Read more