Euthanasia in Canada: Progress or Runaway Train?: A Public Q & A Session

Date(s) - May 1, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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Join us on Zoom for a public Q&A session with a panel of practitioners from a range of fields—including palliative care, priestly ministry, and disability advocacy in Indigenous communities—each of which is deeply and negatively affected by Canada’s MAID legislation.

This event serves as a follow-up to our well-attended February 2 public lecture, “Euthanasia in Canada: Progress or Runaway Train?”

The session will begin with opening remarks from each of the panelists. Once the panelists have been introduced, audience members will be able to submit their questions to the event moderators.


This is an online-only event. To participate, please RSVP and we will send you the Zoom link.

For more information, please email the Houston Centre at [email protected].


Neil Belanger is Chief Executive Officer of Indigenous Disability Canada (IDC) and the Executive Director of the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS).

The Rev. Dr. Andrew P.W. Bennett is Program Director of Faith Communities at Cardus. He is an ordained deacon in the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in the Eparchy (Diocese) of Toronto and Eastern Canada.

Dr. Margaret Cottle is a palliative care physician in Greater Vancouver, BC, working in home hospice programs. She is a clinical assistant professor at the University of BC, in the Division of Palliative Care in the Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Cottle speaks internationally about end-of-life issues and palliative care and addressed members of the Canadian Parliament in 2006 and 2017. She completed her training in Dignity Therapy with Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov in 2012 and has a special interest and expertise in dignity-conserving care.

Isabel Grant is Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at UBC’s Peter A. Allard School of Law. Her main research interests lie in the areas of criminal law. She has also worked with advocacy groups representing women and people with disabilities on more than 20 interventions in the Supreme Court of Canada and other appellate courts.


The Houston Centre for Humanity and the Common Good is a five-year initiative of Regent College, grounded in Dr. James M. Houston’s comprehensive vision of integrative scholarship. Its main task is to foster interdisciplinary and interreligious dialogue on the central question of the late-modern world: what does it mean to be human?

Inviting a range of philosophical perspectives through collaboration with the University of British Columbia and other institutions, the Centre explores a holistic understanding of humanity that accounts for the unique social, political, and theological issues of our time. Comprising a community of leading scholars, the Centre generates dialogue across disciplines—theology, philosophy, biology, cognitive science, political studies, and more—in order to navigate the mystery of the human person.

Through public lectures, seminars, and a variety of publications, the Houston Centre helps others engage theological questions of humanity for the common good.

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