Jack's Story

Jack's Story

Meet 64-year old Jack Brown. Jack has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. Doctors suspect he carries the same gene that caused his mother’s slow demise. In Road to Mercy Jack and his wife Riemke learn that his situation is the one that confounds even the most ardent supporters of physician-assisted death.

Making Road to Mercy: My Personal Journey with Assisted Dying

Making Road to Mercy: My Personal Journey with Assisted Dying

My mother died of liver cancer on March 11, 1987 at the age of 52. She endured nearly a decade of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and suffered greatly in the final weeks of her life. As her death neared, even administering the morphine that was meant to relieve her suffering caused her agonizing pain. (via CBC Docs #CBCFirstHand)

Does the Slippery Slope Exist?

Does the Slippery Slope Exist?

The legalization of medical aid in dying in Canada, and around the world, has triggered much debate. What many fear is the development of a slippery slope. Even though the legislation outlines strict eligibility criteria for medical aid in dying and the creation of safeguards, many are not convinced that there’s sufficient protection, especially for the most vulnerable (children, the elderly, the mentally ill).

Director's Statement: Nadine Pequeneza

Director's Statement: Nadine Pequeneza

Nadine Pequeneza is an award-winning producer, director and writer best known for her observational films offering unique access to character-driven stories about social justice.

Can doctors refuse to take a request for MAiD?

Can doctors refuse to take a request for MAiD?

In Canada the rights of health-care providers has been a major ethical and legal concern with regards to medical aid in dying. Are doctors now legally obligated to provide medical aid in dying (MAiD)? What happens if they refuse? 

Does Bill C-14 Protect the Vulnerable?

Does Bill C-14 Protect the Vulnerable?

With the passing of controversial Bill C-14 and the decriminalization of medical aid in dying, Canadians are trying to come to terms with the new legislation. What is it? What does it mean? Is the government now "in the business of death"?