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Head of United Church calls for legalization of assisted suicide

photo credit: United Church of Canada

photo credit: United Church of Canada

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United Church Moderator Rev. Gary Paterson says Canadian law needs to change to allow assisted suicide for some Canadians. "Laws change, and this is an area where I think they should change in order to allow physician-assisted dying in circumstances that meet carefully defined criteria," says Paterson.

The last time the United Church of Canada took on the question of assisted suicide, church leaders decided that it wasn't the solution Canadians were looking for. Now the Supreme Court is again considering arguments for and against assisted suicide and the church's moderator says it's time for the church to re-open the conversation too.

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Gender parity in politics, United Church moderator on assisted suicide, New N.E.B. chair

Gender parity in politics, United Church moderator on assisted suicide, New N.E.B. chair
In this episode, Jim's guest Kim Campbell argues for gender parity in federal politics, and Bif Naked calls for a rosier outlook on "pink-washing." The Moderator of the United Church of Canada, Reverend Gary Paterson, explains why he believes that the laws should change to allow assisted suicide in some cases.

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The new head of the National Energy Board wants to do things differently

The new head of the National Energy Board wants to do things differently

It's been just two months since Peter Watson became chair of the National Energy Board, but already the board has halted a project to pipe diluted bitumen across Ontario and Quebec. He says the board had concerns about the safety of the pipe as it crossed waterways, so it gave Enbridge a list of conditions to meet before it could turn on the spigot. But the NEB was not satisfied by the response: "We ended up concluding that Enbridge hadn't yet submitted sufficient information, and we needed them to do some additional work, and that work has to be completed before we'll consider an application to open the line."

So what does that decision say about Peter Watson? He told Jim that safety is one of his biggest priorities in his new job.

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Canada's first female PM, Kim Campbell, says we need gender parity in Parliament

Canada's first female PM, Kim Campbell, says we need gender parity in Parliament
Kim Campbell was Canada's first and only female Prime Minister.
And now she says the Canadian electoral system has to change or it could be a long time before we see another one.
She kicks off our #DemocracyHacks series with her proposal for gender equity in Parliament.
Her proposal? Every federal riding should elect two representatives, one male and one female, to send to Ottawa.

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Bif Naked embraces pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Bif Naked embraces pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and pink ribbons and pink products are everywhere. There's even a heavy equipment manufacturer that has put out a line of hot pink drill bits for its fracking machinery.

Some critics say this "pink-washing" can distract from the real work needed to combat breast cancer, but Vancouver rocker Bif Naked (a breast cancer survivor herself) says they should have a rosier outlook on pink ribbon culture. She's says while her tough-gal image served her well at one point, the pink ribbon has let her show a whole lot of love.

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Head of United Church calls for legalization of assisted suicide

Head of United Church calls for legalization of assisted suicide

United Church Moderator Rev. Gary Paterson says Canadian law needs to change to allow assisted suicide for some Canadians. "Laws change, and this is an area where I think they should change in order to allow physician-assisted dying in circumstances that meet carefully defined criteria," says Paterson.

The last time the United Church of Canada took on the question of assisted suicide, church leaders decided that it wasn't the solution Canadians were looking for. Now the Supreme Court is again considering arguments for and against assisted suicide and the church's moderator says it's time for the church to re-open the conversation too.

Read More »

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