Hal­i­fax, Nova Sco­tia

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Pre­ma­ture eu­thana­sia: Cana­di­ans were de­bat­ing their na­tion’s eu­thana­sia laws this week, fol­low­ing the med­i­cally as­sisted death of a Hal­i­fax woman who had said she was forced to end her life pre­ma­turely. A 2016 law per­mits eu­thana­sia for Cana­di­ans with “griev­ous and ir­re­me­di­a­ble” ill­nesses but re­quires they be men­tally sound at the time of death. Au­drey Parker, a 57-year-old with ter­mi­nal can­cer, wanted to die be­fore her suf­fer­ing be­came acute but wor­ried that the ef­fects of can­cer and med­i­ca­tion would leave her legally un­fit to make the judg­ment. The TV makeup artist opted for an as­sisted death on Nov. 1; in a fi­nal Face­book post, she said she’d been robbed of her wish to see one last Christ­mas be­cause of a “poorly thought-out fed­eral law,” and asked peo­ple to lobby Par­lia­ment to change it.

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