News & Updates

Introduction to Advance Care Planning Workshop – April 18 (Toronto)

Our next Introduction to Advance Care Planning workshop on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, from 2:00 pm- 4:30 pm at CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst St (near Bloor & Bathurst).  Register at EVENTBRITE or call (647) 956-3722

This is an opportunity to go step-by-step through our ACP toolkit and learn important terminology, concepts, and available resources. Our objective is to give you the essential information you need to make an informed plan about how you want to navigate a temporary loss of capacity and/or the end of life.

Advance Care Planning workshops can be designed to meet the needs of your community group, employee group, resident association or other gatherings. For more information please contact Maureen Aslin at (647) 956-3722 or maureen@elplanning.ca

Talking About Death & Advance Care Planning – Jan 27 Workshop

How do I talk about dying and what I want to have happen without freaking people out?  What if I say something “wrong” or awkward? How do I ask my friend who is ill what they want for end of life?

Learn how to communicate about these important choices!

Saturday, January 271:00-3:00 pmThe 519 (519 Church St, Toronto, near Wellesley TTC)
Light refreshments will be available.
Accessible space  Allies are welcome. For more information please contact: info@elplanning.ca
Register at Eventbrite

 Rachelle McGuire is the Director of Bereavement and Supportive Care at Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice. Rachelle holds a master’s degree in Thanatology and has spent the last seven years building community-based bereavement programs for hospices across Southern Ontario. Rachelle holds a faculty appointment at McMaster University in the department of family medicine, division of palliative care. She is a longitudinal facilitator for professional competencies at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and a guest lecturer in many of McMaster’s undergraduate programs. Rachelle is a queer-identified woman of North-African & Middle Eastern descent and is a fierce believer that grief is our birthright.

This workshop is the third in a series of five events in the LGBTQ Seniors Speakers Series.

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Wills and Powers of Attorney: LGBTQ Seniors Speakers Series – January 6, 2018

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On Saturday, January 6, 2018, ELPC is presenting a free workshop on Wills and Powers of Attorney.  This workshop is the second in a series of five events in the LGBTQ Seniors Speakers Series and will be held at The 519 (519 Church St, Toronto). ELPC has organized the series in collaboration with Senior Pride Network Toronto (SPN) and with funding support from the Ontario Ministry of Seniors Affairs.

 Judith Wahl LLB, former Executive Director at the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, and an expert in elder law will share practical advice on how to prepare a will and a detailed look at powers of attorney in Ontario. The workshop is at The 519 from 1:00-3:00 pm on Saturday, January 6. Get the new year started with a plan for peace of mind!

Register at Eventbrite    

Upcoming sessions:

January 27 – Talking About Death & Advance Care Planning   

Rachelle McGuire is the Director of Bereavement and Supportive Care at Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice. Rachelle holds a master’s degree in Thanatology and has spent the last seven years building community based bereavement programs for hospices across Southern Ontario. Rachelle holds a faculty appointment at McMaster University in the department of family medicine, division of palliative care. She is a longitudinal facilitator for professional competencies at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and a guest lecturer in many of McMaster’s undergraduate programs. Rachelle is a queer-identified woman of North-African & Middle Eastern descent and is a fierce believer that grief is our birthright.

February 24 – Navigating Care

Kirsten Schmidt has been navigating the world of health care for the past 20 years.  From birth to death, Kirsten has experience in front-line and leadership roles that have made her a dynamic speaker and workshop facilitator.  In the 90s, Kirsten started her career in the AIDS movement in Toronto and Nova Scotia where she learned the art of advocacy.  She got her Masters degree in Health Promotion from Dalhousie University focusing on women’s spiritual health which further informed her work in public health.  Kirsten has worked as the Executive Director of Durham Hospice and the Director overseeing hospice services in Scarborough before taking the leap to return to school to study midwifery.  Kirsten is queer-identified; living with her Two-Spirited partner Kane and their three kids in Oshawa.

March 24 – After Death Options  

Ellen Newman is a licensed funeral director specializing in green, natural and family-led funeral, burial and end of life care options. She is the co-instigator of The Good Green Death Project.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Green Burial Society of Canada. She is a graduate (2014) of the Contemplative End of Life Care program at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Toronto. She is the host/facilitator of the Halton Hills Death Café. She serves as a member/trainer for the Infant and Pregnancy Loss Doula program of the Home Hospice Association and for the National Lay Chaplaincy Steering Committee of the Canadian Unitarian Council. She firmly believes that if people do not know what options are available to them, they do not have any. She is committed to working toward change that allows for a more participatory, empowered experience at the end of life.

Survey of end-of-life concerns and experiences

In conjunction with the speakers series, we are conducting a survey of end of life concerns and experiences. The online survey takes 3-7 minutes to complete. All individual responses are confidential and will be used by ELPC to better support the needs of LGBTQ seniors and allies. You can fill out the survey here. 

For more information about End of Life Planning Canada visit our home page.

 

 

LGBTQ End of Life Speakers Series Schedule

 

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Upcoming sessions:

January 6 – Wills and Powers of Attorney

 Judith Wahl LLB, former Executive Director at the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, and an expert in elder law will share practical advice on how to prepare a will and a detailed look at powers of attorney in Ontario. The workshop is at The 519 from 1:00-3:00 pm on Saturday, January 6. Get the new year started with a plan for peace of mind!

January 27 – Talking About Death & Advance Care Planning   

Rachelle McGuire is the Director of Bereavement and Supportive Care at Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice. Rachelle holds a master’s degree in Thanatology and has spent the last seven years building community based bereavement programs for hospices across Southern Ontario. Rachelle holds a faculty appointment at McMaster University in the department of family medicine, division of palliative care. She is a longitudinal facilitator for professional competencies at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and a guest lecturer in many of McMaster’s undergraduate programs. Rachelle is a queer-identified woman of North-African & Middle Eastern descent and is a fierce believer that grief is our birthright.

February 24 – Navigating Care

Kirsten Schmidt has been navigating the world of health care for the past 20 years.  From birth to death, Kirsten has experience in front-line and leadership roles that have made her a dynamic speaker and workshop facilitator.  In the 90s, Kirsten started her career in the AIDS movement in Toronto and Nova Scotia where she learned the art of advocacy.  She got her Masters degree in Health Promotion from Dalhousie University focusing on women’s spiritual health which further informed her work in public health.  Kirsten has worked as the Executive Director of Durham Hospice and the Director overseeing hospice services in Scarborough before taking the leap to return to school to study midwifery.  Kirsten is queer-identified; living with her Two-Spirited partner Kane and their three kids in Oshawa.

March 24 – After Death Options  

Ellen Newman is a licensed funeral director specializing in green, natural and family-led funeral, burial and end of life care options. She is the co-instigator of The Good Green Death Project.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Green Burial Society of Canada. She is a graduate (2014) of the Contemplative End of Life Care program at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Toronto. She is the host/facilitator of the Halton Hills Death Café. She serves as a member/trainer for the Infant and Pregnancy Loss Doula program of the Home Hospice Association and for the National Lay Chaplaincy Steering Committee of the Canadian Unitarian Council. She firmly believes that if people do not know what options are available to them, they do not have any. She is committed to working toward change that allows for a more participatory, empowered experience at the end of life.

Survey of end-of-life concerns and experiences

In conjunction with the speakers series, we are conducting a survey of end of life concerns and experiences. The online survey takes 3-7 minutes to complete. All individual responses are confidential and will be used by ELPC to better support the needs of LGBTQ seniors and allies. You can fill out the survey here. 

For more information about End of Life Planning Canada visit our home page.

LGBTQ End of Life Speakers Series starts with Retiring on Low Income workshop

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Retiring on Low Income: Plain Language Advice on December 2, is the first event in our LGBTQ End of Life Speakers Series.

Saturday, December 2, Noon – 2pm

This workshop will take place at Wellspring, 4 Charles St. East, Ste 400, Toronto. This space is accessible by elevator.

Register at Eventbrite

Speaker: John Stapleton, Open Policy Ontario http://openpolicyontario.com/retiring-on-a-low-income-3/

Download PDF WORKBOOK: Retirement on a Low income – 2018

Do you know how to get the most from income security programs? -Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement, Canada Pension Plan, Ontario Disability Support.
Many financial advisors are unfamiliar with how they work – together and with other income.

Register at Eventbrite
Light refreshments will be available
Allies are welcome

This speaker’s series is generously
funded by a Ministry Seniors Affairs Ontario Community Grant

Offered with community support from  Senior Pride Network

ELPC on Ontario’s Bill 84

On March 23, 2017, ELPC’s Executive Director, Maureen Aslin, appeared before the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs to address Ontario’s Bill 84, the Medical Assistance in Dying Statute Law Amendment Act, 2017.

Bill 84 is mostly technical in nature, with changes to align provincial practices with the federal MAID legislation. But a key concern for patients is that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s policy requiring an effective referral by physicians who are conscientious objectors to MAID become the standard for referrals in Ontario’s law.

Bill C-14 is Law in Canada

On Friday, June 17 Bill C-14 passed in the House of Commons and the Senate. The law decriminalizes medical assistance in dying (MAID) under the circumstances described below.

The criteria for a person to be eligible for accessing MAID is:

  1. eligible for government-funded health services in Canada
  2. has a grievous and irremediable medical condition, which is defined as:
  3. at least 18 years old and capable of making decisions with respect to his or her health
  4. the person has a serious and incurable illness, disease or disability;
  • the person is in an advanced state of irreversible decline in capability;
  • the illness, disease or disability or the state of decline causes enduring physical or psychological suffering that is intolerable and cannot be relieved under conditions that the person considers acceptable; and
  • natural death has become reasonably foreseeable, taking into account all of the medical circumstances, although a prognosis as to the specific length of time remaining is not necessary.

5. has made a voluntary request without external pressure

6. gives informed consent

 

Further definitions of terms:

Advanced state of irreversible decline in capability: When combined with the requirements that death be reasonably foreseeable and that the person be suffering intolerably, the requirement to be in an advanced state of irreversible decline ensures that medical assistance in dying would be available to those who are in an irreversible decline towards death, even if that death is not anticipated in the short term. This approach to eligibility gives individuals who are in decline toward death the autonomy to choose their preferred dying process.

Reasonably foreseeable death: In the context of medical assistance in dying, it means that there is a real possibility of the patient’s death within a period of time that is not too remote. In other words, the patient would need to experience a change in the state of their medical condition so that it has become fairly clear that they are on an irreversible path toward death, even if there is no clear or specific prognosis. Each person’s circumstances are unique, and life expectancy depends on the nature of the illness, and the impacts of other medical conditions or health-related factors such as age or frailty. Physicians and nurse practitioners have the necessary expertise to evaluate each person’s unique circumstances and can effectively judge when a person is on a trajectory toward death. While medical professionals do not need to be able to clearly predict exactly how or when a person will die, the person’s death would need to be foreseeable in the not too distant future.30

 

References:

Library of Parliament -Legislative Summary of Bill C-14: An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying) 

https://openparliament.ca/bills/42-1/C-14/   summary of the bill and debate

ELPC at Parliament’s Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

Francoise Hebert and Nino Sekopet speak at the committee hearing:

Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

Nino Sekopet  interviewed on The National:  Link

End of Life Planning Workshop Tuesday May 24, 2016

The 519 Church Street Community Centre, 6-8pm, Toronto

RSVP at info@elplanning.ca 

(Space is limited so please sign up in advance. We cannot guarantee space for drop-ins.)

Making your wishes for end of life care known in advance by talking to friends and family is the best way to ensure a death with dignity. Join us in considering what matters most to you at the end of life and how to get the care and treatment you want.

This workshop will be an introduction to ELPC’s tools for end of life planning including: Advance Care Planning toolkit, Patient Rights Booklet, and information about Medical Assistance in Dying. This will be a unique opportunity to speak frankly about death and explore your values and beliefs.

Space is limited for this event so please RSVP at info@elplanning.ca .

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ELPC’s Nino Sekopet profiled in Maclean’s magazine

Nino Sakopet. (Photograph by JC Pinheiro)
Nino Sakopet. (Photograph by JC Pinheiro)

 

Meet Canada’s leading assisted-death counsellor

Nino Sekopet on the questions he most often faces