Join us for a festival screening of Road to Mercy on May 7th at 12PM in Edmonton.  Metro Cinema 8712 109 St. NW   

Join us for a festival screening of Road to Mercy on May 7th at 12PM in Edmonton.

Metro Cinema 8712 109 St. NW

 

"I want it to happen in a dignified way."

"I want it to happen in a dignified way."

Meet Amy de Schutter, a 29-year-old Belgian woman who has struggled with mental illness for half her life. After six diagnoses and years of treatment, nothing has relieved her psychological pain. She often tries to relieve her suffering through self-harm and has attempted suicide several times. She tells her psychiatrist and family she has lost the will to fight; she would like euthanasia.

4 Misconceptions About Medically-Assisted Death in Canada

4 Misconceptions About Medically-Assisted Death in Canada

In June 2016, Bill C-14 — the law that decriminalizes medical assistance in dying (MAiD) — took effect in Canada. Road to Mercy follows doctors and their patients as they struggle to identify the limits of the newly-granted right to die in Canada. Here are four misconceptions about the new law, explained.

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TIMELINE: The Twenty-Year Battle for Medically-Assisted Death Legislation in Canada

TIMELINE: The Twenty-Year Battle for Medically-Assisted Death Legislation in Canada

In 1993, Sue Rodriguez drew Canadians’ attention to the issue of medically-assisted death by bringing her fight to the Supreme Court. The Court turned her down. In the early ‘90s  Switzerland was the only Western democracy to permit assisted death, but in the past two decades, we've seen a dramatic shift both legally and culturally toward doctor-assisted death.

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Should People With Mental Illness Have Access to MAiD?

Should People With Mental Illness Have Access to MAiD?

Under the new law psychological suffering cannot be the sole reason behind a request for MAID. Additional criteria requires that the individual is suffering from a “grievous and irremediable condition” and death must be “reasonably foreseeable”. Should the law be extended to people with mental illness?

"I just can't do it," says ALS specialist, Dr. Wendy Johnston

"I just can't do it," says ALS specialist, Dr. Wendy Johnston

“Quality of life is whatever you say it is. It is by definition a personal thing.” In Road to Mercy, we meet Dr. Wendy Johnston, Professor of Neurology, and Medical Director at the University of Alberta’s ALS Clinic.