BC Civil Liberties Association

BC Civil Liberties Association

August 24, 2014 12:00 ET

Media Advisory: Disability and Rights Groups File Arguments in Death With Dignity Supreme Court Case Arguing Ban on Assisted Dying Is Unconstitutional

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 24, 2014) -

Attention News Editors:

National and local media are invited to a press conference hosted by the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) in Toronto, tomorrow (August 25).

What: The civil liberties watchdog responsible for launching the death with dignity lawsuit will host a press conference with interveners who support the right to assisted dying for the seriously and incurably ill. Maureen Taylor, the widow of Dr. Donald Low, will also make a public statement in support of the case.

The interveners will announce the filing of their arguments in the case, which must be filed by August 29, 2014. The Supreme Court of Canada will hear the case in the fall.


  • Grace Pastine, Litigation Director, BCCLA
  • Maureen Taylor, widow of Dr. Donald Low
  • Linda Jarrett, patient and member of Dying with Dignity Canada (DWD) (Ms. Jarrett will also read a statement on behalf of the Alliance of People with Disabilities Who Are Supportive of Legal Assisted Dying)
  • Dr. Brett Belchetz, Physicians Advisory Council, DWD
  • Françoise Hébert, Board Director, DWD
  • Vyda Ng, Executive Director, Canadian Unitarian Council
  • Chris Bredt and Margot Finley, counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association

When: Monday, August 25 at 9:30 am Eastern/ 6:30 am Pacific

Where: Committee Room #3, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto

Note for Canada-wide reporters: Reporters outside of Toronto are invited to join an operator-moderated conference call by calling our teleconference call-in number: Local 416-764-8658, Toll Free 1-888-886-7786.

Read more about the case at http://bccla.org/our-work/death-with-dignity-case

Contact Information

  • (Toronto)
    Grace Pastine
    BCCLA Litigation Director