Archive for June, 2012

Unsavoury Death Benefits

One of the general foundational principles of our justice system, is that a perpetrator ought not benefit from his or her crime.  So, for example, someone who murders their spouse will not receive a payout if named as a beneficiary under the  victim’s life insurance policy. Those who have read Lauren Liang’s earlier blog on assisted suicide… View this post »

Physician Assisted Suicide

Section 241(b) of the Criminal Code provides that anyone who aids or abets a person to commit suicide, whether suicide ensues or not, is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years. Under Section 241(b), physician-assisted suicide is also prohibited. The Supreme Court of British Columbia recently… View this post »

Court Ordered Examinations to Determine Incapacity in British Columbia

In British Columbia, the Patients Property Act (the “Act”) allows a person to apply to the Court for a declaration that another person is incapable of managing himself/herself or his/her affairs. Such incapacity may be due to mental infirmity arising from disease, age or otherwise, or disorder or disability of mind arising from the use… View this post »