Pro-life supporters march in this year’s March for Life in Ottawa. (Peter Stockland photo)

‘I will never forget you’ is national March for Life theme

Thousands of pro-lifers packed onto Parliament Hill and spilled out onto Wellington Street May 9 for the 27th annual National March for Life. The crowd gathered on the Hill at noon with its members bearing both homemade and professionally crafted signs pledging to stand fast for the unborn and vulnerable. The march’s theme “I will never...


Medically-provided euthanasia: From so-called ‘Compassionate Offer’ to ‘Unspoken Hint’

By Peter Oliver, Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan In January 2024, the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan (CHAS) identified working with the Saskatchewan Bishops to develop a provincial response to medically-provided euthanasia (known as Medical Assistance in Dying or MAiD) as a top priority. Instinctively this felt right, but I’m prone to ask questions and I...

The Archdiocese of Montreal has filed an appeal to overturn a Quebec Superior Court ruling compelling a palliative care home to offer assisted suicide. (Unsplash photo)

Palliative care ruling threatens Montreal archdiocese’s work

The Archdiocese of Montreal argues in a court filing it is being obliged to “assist in what constitutes ‘murder’ ” by being denied a temporary exemption to keep MAiD out of a local palliative care centre. The claim came in an appeal filed March 15 seeking to overturn an earlier ruling by Quebec Superior Court...

The B.C. Catholic has filed a Freedom of Information request seeking detailed information about MAiD’s costs and savings to B.C.’s health care system.

‘Dead people don’t cost money’: Calculating the cost of ending 2,700 lives with MAiD

The grim calculus of tracking the cost of Medical Assistance in Dying shows that B.C. doctors receive $283.85 for every “MAiD Event preparation and Procedure” they perform. Moreover, the Ministry of Health’s payment schedule lists six specific euthanasia-related services for which medical practitioners can be paid, from “MAiD Assessment Fee—Assessor Prescriber” ($43.24) to “MAiD Medication...

St. Raphael Palliative Care Home and Day Centre in Montreal

Judge denies MAiD stay on Montreal centre

A Quebec Superior Court judge has denied the Archdiocese of Montreal’s request for a stay of the legal obligation placed on a Montreal palliative care centre to offer assisted death to its residents. Justice Catherine Piché said in her March 1 ruling that “the balance of convenience does not favour the issuance of a stay.”...

Protester holds up a sign in preparation for the Feb. 27 rally on Parliament Hill calling for a halt to expanding MAiD to the mentally ill.

More supports, less death, say MAiD opponents at Parliament Hill rally

Speakers at a rally on Parliament Hill demanded the federal government provide more life-saving supports for those deeply suffering from mental illness rather than giving them access to medical assistance in dying (MAiD). Expanding MAiD to people solely on the basis of mental illness was to begin March 17, but Bill C-62 is calling for...

Deacon Larry Worthen speaking at “What Wrong with MAiD?,” a February 8 event in Sherwood Park.

Edmonton Catholics rally against culture of death

Nohl Macdonald is still in high school, but that hasn’t prevented him and many others in the Edmonton Archdiocese from speaking out against the expansion of assisted suicide and euthanasia in Canada. Macdonald was amongst the crowd of more than 500 people (in person and online) who attended a Feb. 8 public lecture to equip Catholics and...

The St. Raphael Palliative Care Home and Day Centre in Montreal. The Archbishop of Montreal has launched a legal appeal of Quebec’s end-of-life law that forces palliative care hospices to offer “Medical Assistance in Dying.” (Google Street View image)

Archdiocese of Montreal suing Quebec government over MAiD forced upon hospice

In what could prove to be a landmark case for religious and conscience rights in Canada, Montreal’s Archbishop Christian Lépine has taken on the Attorney General of Quebec. In an appeal for judicial review submitted to the Quebec Superior Court on Feb. 5, Archbishop Lépine asked for an immediate stay of the application of an...

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