Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.
The focus this time: Canada is addicted to death.
First, a little mood music:
Canada and European nations like Belgium pride themselves as having no death penalty. That doesn’t mean that they don’t execute prisoners.
“The Belgian state has once again authorised the killing of a prisoner, 105 years after its last peacetime execution.
“Geneviève Lhermitte was an infamous murderer. She killed her son and four daughters, aged between three and 14, in Nivelles, Belgium on 28 February 2007. On 28 February 2023, she was euthanised, after she successfully invoked her ‘right to die’.
“This case exposes the logical and ethical problems of euthanasia and assisted suicide in Belgium and elsewhere. And, above all, it undermines one of assisted-suicide campaigners’ central claims – that euthanasia is an act of ‘autonomy and choice’.
“After all, how can a prisoner – or someone in a psychiatric facility – make a free and uncoerced decision to die? A prisoner cannot even have a private consultation with a doctor, as guards must always be present. A prisoner is told when to get up, when to eat, when to go to bed. His or her entire life is coerced.
“Belgium is not the only nation to euthanise prisoners. In Canada, where assisted suicide is also offered as a medical treatment, three prisoners have been euthanised to date. The story of one of them, known only as ‘patient one’, illustrates the key problem with this practice. He informed his parole officer that he wished to receive medical assistance in dying (MAID) and was advised to first apply for compassionate release. This was denied, at which point he submitted a request for MAID, which was accepted. He was shackled and guards were present during the assessment of his request.”
It would be a nightmare to a parent to be informed that the state has killed their child. Yet, that is what Canada is being recommended to do by ghouls.
“[A] report was just published by the Canadian Parliament’s Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying (AMAD). Surprise! It calls for even further expansion of the already permissive law that allows terminally ill and chronically ill adults, people with disabilities, and the frail elderly to opt to be killed by doctors or nurse practitioners. The mentally ill are scheduled to be included in this dismal list next month under existing law, but that may be put off for a year because of domestic and international agitation around the issue. But, mark my words, they too will eventually become eligible for the lethal jab.
“The committee has now recommended that ‘mature minors’ whose deaths are ‘reasonably foreseeable’ be allowed to access death — perhaps even without parental consent. From, the AMAD report’s recommendations:
“‘Recommendation 14: That the Government of Canada undertake consultations with minors on the topic of MAID, including minors with terminal illnesses, minors with disabilities, minors in the child welfare system and Indigenous minors, within five years of the tabling of this report.
“‘Recommendation 15: That the Government of Canada provide funding through Health Canada and other relevant departments for research into the views and experiences of minors with respect to MAID, including minors with terminal illnesses, minors with disabilities, minors in the child welfare system and Indigenous minors, to be completed within five years of the tabling of this report.’”
Even if you want to live, Canada will go out of the way to make your life so miserable that you’ll opt in to be killed just to escape their “quality” socialist healthcare system.
“The health authority said those needing home support services are provided assistance with daily living activities such as bathing, dressing or grooming as well as medical administration and catheter maintenance.
“Interior Health said the home support needs of individuals are determined through an assessment and when a client’s care needs change, their personal care plan is updated to reflect any changes to care – which may include offering a client additional appointments.
“Campbell says that since Castanet began making inquiries on Monday, Obenauer has received increased care, but there was a time when Obenauer’s care providers were talking about signing him up for palliative care and B.C.’s medical assistance in dying program.
“‘They asked me if I thought Randy would consider the MAiD program and I said, well, no, he doesn’t want to die any sooner than he’s going to die. I was kind of shocked by that,’ said Campbell.
“Interior Health says MAiD is an option for individuals in B.C. who are approaching the end of life and who meet the eligibility criteria. A spokesperson for Interior Health says MAiD information may be provided to a client accessing palliative care services, but the decision to pursue MAiD as an option is completely up to the individual.”