Elder Law Section Meeting | ONLINE ONLY 

Sep. 7, 2022

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ONLINE MEETING: Medical Assistance in Dying: Law, Practice, and New Developments
This meeting is being hosted by the Elder Law Section.

Speaker(s): Laurel Plewes, MScN, RN with Vancouver Coastal Health
Dr. Adam Sandell, Doctor with Vancouver Coastal Health
Time: Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 4:15pm - 5:15pm (PT)
CPD Hours: 1.00 hour

A higher proportion of people in British Columbia choose medical assistance in dying (MAiD) than in any other province or territory. This seminar will discuss: the current law on MAiD, and what changed last year as a result of Bill C-7. How do waivers of final consent work in practice, and what are their weaknesses? When is MAiD available in dementia? What requirements are there for clients wanting MAiD for non-terminal conditions? How best to navigate clients around common practical and legal challenges with MAiD and MAiD law? How best to access MAiD? Evolving case-law: what do lawyers need to know? Challenges for clients in religious institutions. How is the law on MAiD and mental illness about to change? What’s the Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying up to — and what’s on the horizon for MAiD in Canada?

Speaker Biographies

Laurel Plewes (MScN, RN) is a nurse with a clinical background in pediatrics oncology, intensive care and palliative care.  She was the first employee of the MAID program within Vancouver Coastal Health and has expanded the program improving access to care.  In 2021 she acted as witness to the Canadian Senate while they were debating the MAID legislative changes that took place that year. She is also a member of the national MAID complex care education committee funded by Health Canada. Laurel’s culminating paper for her Masters explored the barriers and practice implications of MAID were to become legal for mature minors. 

Adam Sandell works as a doctor for Vancouver Coastal Health’s Assisted Dying Program. He’s also a medical advisor to the BC Ministry of Health’s MAiD Oversight Unit, teaches at UBC’s medical school, and is a part-time GP and emergency medicine doctor to the Heiltsuk Nation in Bella Bella. In England, alongside his work as a doctor, he worked as a barrister, specializing in health-related public, administrative and human rights law. He acted in a series of cases, including in the UK Supreme Court, seeking to liberalize the UK law restricting medical assistance in dying.

Territorial Acknowledgement
This event will be broadcast from the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Musqueam First Nations. We encourage members to explore the rich history and knowledge of Indigenous people, and to continue learning about their experience in Canada past and present.

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