Thursday, 14 July 2016

Welcome to the launch of my blog and podcast, "Euthanasia: Pro and Con"

My Mission: to make information available to you from both the PRO and CON side of the euthanasia and assisted suicide debate.

How?: through my weekly PODCAST, during which, I will interview politicians, ethicists, medical professionals, interest groups, religion experts, and terminally-ill patients.

Why?: because when my friend Jacobo Luis Fuchs was euthanaised two years ago I was surprised at the lack of information and misinformation floating around about euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.

Who am I?: Well, I am a Canadian-based, 70 year old, retired corporate communications specialist with a journalism background. I have 5 children, 4 grandchildren and a wonderful wife. Although I have an opinion on the subject of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, I will neither share it with you nor will I inject my opinion on you - my listeners. I will also ensure that my position does not colour the questions I ask of my guests.

In addition to finding the links to my weekly podcasts on this blog, you will soon find my podcasts on iTunes HERE.

Please note: my podcast is not meant to be a one-way conversation. Please email me - - with your concerns, questions, stories, and comments

And finally:
This blog and podcast is dedicated to my friend Jacobo Luis Fuchs and dedicated to his son, Carlos Fox.

Just in case you missed the link to my podcast... HERE IT IS AGAIN

Our first two podcast guests are:

Sheila Duffy, a retired journalist, is Convener of FATE - Friends at the End, based in Glasgow Scotland.  FATE campaigns to have the law changed to legalise Assisted Suicide, and to allow those who want to, to end their own lives at a time of their choosing.

Margaret Somerville is a Samuel Gale Professor of Law, Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, and Founding Director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University, Montreal, where she has taught since 1978.

Professor Somerville has a distinguished academic record and an extensive national and international publishing and speaking record and is a frequent commentator in all forms of media.

Professor Somerville has also authored The Ethical Canary: Science, Society and the Human Spirit; Death Talk: The Case Against Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide;  and The Ethical Imagination: Journeys of the Human Spirit, which she delivered as the nationally broadcast CBC 2006 Massey Lectures. Her just released book is Bird on an Ethics Wire: Battles about Values in the Culture Wars.

Professor Somerville consults, nationally and internationally, to a wide variety of bodies including governments, NGO’s, UN agencies and the private corporations. She has received many honours and awards including the Order of Australia, eight honorary doctorates and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2003 she was chosen by an international jury as the first recipient of the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science; in 2013 she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for services to higher education; and in 2014 she received the Jean Echlin Award for Ethics in Palliative Care.

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