The Current | Jan 7, 2014 | 24:07

The story behind Alberta's first assisted suicide case - Jan 7, 2014

Shirley Vann and her daughter Linda Jean McNall simply could not pay the $100,000 they owed in health care bills. They made a suicide pact. Janice Johnston brings us the story of these two desperate women, Alberta's first assisted suicide case.

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