Canadian Aiding Suicide Convictions

One of the two dies. Genereux, the first physician in Canada convicted of the charge, is sentenced to two years jail and three years probation. 2004: Evode Pelletier is sentenced to one year in jail and two years probation in Quebec for helping his depressed spouse kill herself with cyanide. 2006: Marielle Houle gets three years probation in Quebec for helping her son, playwright Charles Fariala, kill himself with a cocktail of drugs. Fariala, 36, had multiple sclerosis. 2006: An Ontario judge gives Raymond Kirk three years of probation for helping kill his wife, Patricia, who suffered severe pain from back problems that doctors were unable to treat. 2007: B.C. doctor Ramesh Kumar Sharma pleads guilty to prescribing a lethal dose of drugs to a 92-year-old nursing home patient with heart problems. The woman survived. Sharma receives a conditional sentence of two years to serve in the community. 2013: A woman in Nunavut is convicted of aiding suicide for telling her 17-year-old daughter she didn’t want her, then counselling the girl to kill herself.

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Doctor Who – A Global Phenomenon: Part 2 Canada


Almost $3.4-billion, or roughly 35 per cent, of all physician income in Ontario last year was alternative payments. Most were in the form of what is called capitation compensation based on the number of patients on their roster, regardless of how often a patient seeks medical attention. Has service changed? Dr. Wooder, a family physician from Stoney Creek, Ont., said capitation is attractive to doctors because it offers stability. It also enhances care, he said, by encouraging doctors to spend more time with patients because physicians are not getting paid based on how many patients they see. In Ontario, capitation has prompted doctors across the province to combine individual practices into networks of health-care professionals that include dieticians, pharmacists, nurses, and mental-health counsellors. Theres predictable remuneration, so [doctors] can adjust their practices to meet patient needs as opposed to their own personal financial needs, Dr. Wooder said, adding that many doctors are paid through a combination of capitation and fee-for-service. In Nova Scotia, alternative payments account for nearly half of all doctor income, with the province using them as a tool to recruit talent to its two teaching hospitals and to retain services in rural areas. Kevin Chapman, director of health policy and promotion for Doctors Nova Scotia, cited the examples of a cardiologist at a teaching hospital in Halifax and a pediatrician in a rural part of the province. The cardiologist might be expected to devote a fifth of his time to research and education, time that under a fee-for-service system he could effectively use to see patients and shore up his pay.

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Canadian doctors still make dramatically less than U.S. counterparts: study

Never mind that it was bigger-on-the-inside! How did it TRAVEL so FAR and so FAST? And how could such a gentlemanly old man be so crafty and cunning? It was the winter of 1965: The Beatles had already come to Canada once and were due again, as were The Rolling Stones. It was the peak of the so-called British Invasion of North America, encompassing music and fashion and movies, and a television show seemingly targeted for children, but loved by teens and adults alike. Watching Doctor Who meant we experienced another invasion: The Daleks came into our lives screeching EXTER-MI-NATE in their unnervingly grating voices, scaring even the loudest shrieking Beatles fans into silence (not me, of course: I never screamed, at least not at Beatles concerts! At the Dalekswell maybe just a little)! I am sure many of the first Canadian Who fans from 1965 are still around (and I would love to hear from any and all of them, please!), who, along with millions of other more recent admirers of Doctor Who over five decades, are celebrating its 50th Anniversary on November the 23rd by watching it on TV or in a cinema in one of 9 cities from coast-to-coast, and on Monday Nov. 25th in another 60 plus theatres from coast-to-coast across Canadas 10 provinces: from British Columbia through Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. Sadly, no mention of screenings in any of the three Territories (Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut) which is why I cannot say coast-to-coast-to-coast! But I KNOW there are Whovians out there and I would love to hear from you! It hasnt always been easy being a Whovian in Canada, especially when the CBC cancelled its broadcasts of the show after the very first season and after being the only place in North America you could watch it. So from that time onward until 2005, fans had to watch elsewhere, first on the American public broadcasting network, PBS, which didnt begin carrying it until 1972, and then on Ontarios educational channel, TVO, from 1976 to 1990.

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Canada has more doctors, making more money than ever

It may partly reflect an American society where the mostly highly educated and skilled people in all fields tend to earn a bigger chunk of the overall wealth than similar groups in other countries, Miriam Laugesen, the lead researcher, said in an interview. Regardless, the 2008 figures that Prof. Laugesen and her colleague gathered offer a fascinating glimpse at the profession in six countries, with stark differences in payment between nations, and between private and public payors in those places that have two-tier systems. The average income after expenses, in U.S. dollars, for an orthopedic surgeon in the U.S. was $442,450, compared to $208,000 in Canada, $324,000 in the U.K. and $154,000 in France. Provincial medicare agencies pay an average fee of $652 to surgeons in Canada for a hip replacement. Government programs like Medicaid in the States reimburse almost triple that, while U.S. private insurers offer an average of just under $4,000 per hip operation. What is more, the U.S. has twice as many orthopedic surgeons per capita, providing about 35% more hip replacements overall. Primary-care physicians include family doctors, pediatricians, internal-medicine specialists and obstetrician-gynecologists. Those in the U.S. earned an average after expenses in 2008 of $186,582, versus $125,000 in Canada, $159,000 in Britain and just $92,000 in Australia. The studys authors, though, say all the countries surveyed ought to examine the wide differences in pay for primary-care versus surgical specialities, and how that affects doctor career choices.

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