Category Archives: Health Law

Medically-assisted dying and the role of professional regulators

As described in a recent Globe and Mail article (here), the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (the “College”) recently dismissed a complaint against a physician, Dr. Wiebe, who provided medically-assisted dying (“MAiD”) to an elderly patient and resident…

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When is an activity within the scope of a restricted practice?

One of the more challenging issues that professional regulators can face in protecting the public from unauthorized practitioners is ambiguity as to whether an activity constitutes a restricted activity or practice. Some activities are obvious, like heart surgery, but other…

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Update on Physician-Assisted Death

As discussed in our previous blog posts, the Supreme Court of Canada declared, on February 6, 2015, that the prohibition on physician-assisted death in the Criminal Code was unconstitutional as it violated the s.7 Charter rights of competent adult persons…

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