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The Right to Die: The courageous Canadians who gave us the right to a dignified death Hardcover – Apr 1 2016

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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: LORIMER (April 1 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1459411161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1459411166
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #554,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"On the whole this is an extremely strong book. Bauslaugh's research is thorough, extending to atending some of the key trials and interviewing many of the principals. And his ability to defly render complex policy and legal maters intelligible to the lay reader is commendable. Similarly, his sheer storytelling ability is admirable: somehow he was even able to create suspense in his account of the pivotal 2014 Supreme Court hearing even though the outcome is already well known. We will all lose people we love, and we all will die. This book ably provides a much-needed chronicle of how we arrived at this new era of end-of-life care in Canada. It celebrates the fact that when it comes to the ultimate question of timeliness? when we shuffle off this mortal coil? we will now have a measure of compassionate choice." (Kelley Tish Baker, The Monitor, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives 2016-07-01)

"Who has the right to die? In his new book The Right to Die, author Gary Bauslaugh examines the stories and experiences of those individuals who want to end their life or have given this practical end-of-life assistance. These stories now come in the wake of Canada's new controversial assisted dying legislation, which became law in June, that restricts who qualifies for doctor-assisted death to only those "near death."" ( 2016-08-25)

About the Author

GARY BAUSLAUGH is the author of The Secret Power of Juries and Robert Latimer: A Story of Justice and Mercy. His writing has appeared in many publications and he has served as the president of the Humanist Association of Canada and editor of Humanist Perspectives. Gary, who holds a PhD in chemistry from McGill University, was a teacher and administrator in Canadian colleges and universities for many years. He lives in Victoria, B.C.

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