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Considerations by Gary Hambley

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Medical Assisted Dying Bill C-14

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Medical Assisted Dying Bill C-14

June 09, 2016

If you are so inclined, you can email your MP.

I have dealt with chronic pain for more than 27 years. For the most part I have done so well.  What I have is degenerative so it only gets worse.

The Bill was rejected by our Senate and sent back to the sitting Liberal Government amended. My only comment on the process has been, “Get it right”. Getting it right has not happened. Government getting it right involves making decision on who is eligible while avoiding legislation on who can and are to be executed. Not an easy task to perform while negotiating a slippery slope.

There are many of honourable intent that weighed in. I’m certain there are a few of those with less than honourable intent that also contributed to the process.

This is not preaching and is reality. This is consideration that the able of mind and body have to give credence to. If you haven’t dealt with chronic pain be it physical or mental you do not know what it’s like. You cannot fully understand the condition. You cannot be sympathetic because you haven’t lived with it. By living with it I include the families of those who get involved with the direct care of a stricken family member. You can be empathetic and that is appreciated.

This is about me. I shall be as clear as I can so that everyone understands what I think and believe are the differences between expressing, “Just shoot me” on a really bad day and declaring, “It is time to go”.

I had a, “Just shoot me” day yesterday. The weather turned fast. It got cold and damp and I felt it big time! I’ve had days like those before and I’ll have them again. Days like that go with the territory. I don’t just understand the condition. I know the condition because I live it. Every damn day physically and emotionally, I live it.

I’ve had the odd night where I have felt that if I didn’t wake up, that’s okay.

Through all these years I’ve worked with my Doctors. Sometimes my Doctors have thought I’ve been too rigid in the choices I make for myself. There have been times I’ve thought the Doctor wasn’t listening to me.

I have a history that is documented and verifiable. I’ve rejected and accepted the possible and proposed. I’ve tried things and then rejected them. I’ve tried things that have worked, do not interfere with the parameters I’ve defined and continue to make use of. I make the choices for myself and always have. No one else gets a vote.

At some point, if I don’t die first, I will have to make a choice as to when enough is finally enough. I already know what the parameters and conditions are that will trigger the action to terminate my life. Of course I hope that is a decision I never have to make. The choice to terminate your own existence cannot ever be easy or the will to live that humans have would not exist.

I have a set of parameters I’ve created that signal, “It’s time to go”. No one will have to make a decision for me as to whether or not the time has come to go. Someone may have to push that plunger for me, that person, or any person will not have to make a decision on whether or not the time has come.

There are others that have created their own definitive as well so determination to terminate is not left to another person.

Giving the choice to terminate your life to someone else or burdening someone else with that choice is abhorrent to me. This includes legislating Doctors to assist.

Do I believe Doctors should be involved to give statement to an individual’s physical and mental state? Yes I absolutely do. That doesn’t mean a Doctor should be forced by legislation to pull your life plug.

In the moment there is much rhetoric regarding those who are suffering now. I understand and appreciate that fact. Rushing something through to satisfy the Court or those who believe there is immediate need to alleviate the suffering of some is to my mind the wrong thing to do.

Yes the “Assisted Dying” or “Right To Terminate” matter has taken a long time to resolve. Foot dragging also must be discouraged and I believe that was part of the intention of the SoC when they gave a June 6, 2016 date for the legislation to be done.

It’s taken a long time to get this done and it is partly out of fear. Fear of making a mistake.  Fear of being responsible for a wrongful death. I believe to some degree, fear of God in Heaven too. All the things we’ve been taught from our religious and secular belief systems playing a part. No one wants to screw up just in case. I’m just not seeing a problem with those fears and hesitancies as it quite wonderfully displays our humanity.

The Senate removed the, “Near Death Requirement” in the Bill as it was sent to the Upper House. The, “Near Death” requirement was both unconscionable and conscionable at the same time. How’s that for duality! You can read the Senate’s explanation here.

This is a chance to get the Bill all the way right or as close to right as such a Law can be. The SoC could possibly be petitioned for extension.

If a temporary measure needs put in place, do it.

I’ve got myself and my mind right.

For myself and others I demand, even if it takes a bit more time that Government get it right!

If you’re having a hard time getting it right and you obviously are, you let me know and we’ll talk!

G.R. Hambley
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ADDENDUM:

I asked for help to read/proof this story before posting. I’m lucky to have real good help.

If you care to know the root cause of my chronic pain just use the link.

I was asked for my thoughts. Even my thoughts are more question than answer.

I’d have to go deeper in to the Bill as it sits. There was/is serious consideration that assistance be part of a Doctor’s mandate. I see it the same way as a doctor refusing to perform abortion, a matter of personal ethics. My view of Doctor assistance stops at the carrying out of the act.

There are moments when I think if someone shows up and says they choose to opt out you just let them do it. I come by that through experience.

There is a young man, well young by my standards who visits a coffee spot. His name is XXXXXX. He can walk and when he does he needs support and the motion is all herky jerky. XXXXXX has serious speech problems as well. I do not know what the affliction is but I’ve sat with him on occasion and XXXXXX mentally is all there. XXXXXX likes the girls too.  ;-}

People like XXXXXX who may not be able to communicate exactly what they want are the ones we have to protect.

For me, I can take a lot on the physical side and cope very well with the mechanical problems. I don’t know what my physical threshold is. No one does until they hit it. If I lose the cognitive, it’s time to go, period end of story.

Secular or Religious; Read Multiple Sources

Secular or Religious; Read Multiple Sources

Lets begin with The Toronto Star is a Liberal propaganda page. In all fairness right?

I swear the Star only takes the odd shot at Prime Minister Feminist so the Star can say they are presenting all sides when they really don’t.

This is the story that ran in, “The Toronto Star” on April 19, 2016. The link opens in a new tab. Canada’s news media are contributing to mistrust of Muslims

John Honderich and John Cruickshank like to have their publication tell people how they should think and feel. This makes John Honderich and John Cruickshank emotionally controlling. Trying to exert Emotional Control is wrong on so many levels! If they didn’t like it, it wouldn’t be happening.

Former Toronto Star Columnist “Haroon Siddiqui” calling Post Media “Black”. Gee this makes me think of a few questions? “Do you want the Columnist job back” is one. Throw a few shots in at rivals and you are looking good!

No where in the story does “Siddiqui” address the factors impacting the Non-Muslim. He wants those that are not of the Muslim faith to, “Don’t find excuses to attribute crimes by Muslims to their religion. Use the same standard for them as for other people.”

No where in the story does Siddiqui show empathy or understanding for anyone but Muslims. You want it you gotta give it, and he doesn’t.

In the story it says a tiny minority, a few dozen in Canada wear the niqab. I live in the core of Toronto, I’m not buying the statement of a few dozen nation wide. I am not buying the statement made by the writer of the story. What I see when I extrapolate and add in probability theory makes me believe different.

Hey if you wanna seal yourself for whatever reasoning suits you, I really don’t care. In the winter, to my mind, makes damn good sense! So this isn’t a year round issue cuz we not of Islam do the same thing when we venture outside in winter.

I do care about the ability to identify people that have committed a crime. Come on folks, we can’t be chopping off a hand from everybody we can’t identify just to be sure the perpetrator is punished now can we.

Islam is a Theocracy. I’m reasonably certain if certain Christian Fundamentalists could get away with it they’d want a Theocratic society as well. The Islamic Republic of Iran is an example of the Theocracy. Saudi is an Absolute Monarchy and not a Theocracy. North Korea is an Autocracy.

I get it that it isn’t all Muslims. Just like it wasn’t all Germans, Japanese or Russians. I get it.

I also get that there are Muslims fighting against those that want the world turned in to their Theocratic way. I thank you for the job you are doing against that oppression!

What is the difference with Islam? The difference is that Islam is not a country. There are no easily recognizable borders. For some the niqab or the head scarf stand as the uniform, the border between us and them. Not a surprise and not a secret. And yes, not right.

The story notes there many kinds of Muslims. Fair enough there are many kinds of Christians too.

Lets define what it is that has many wondering, thinking possibly, or flat out believing any and every Muslim is, if not active wants the world as an Islamic Theocracy.

These are all things a goodly number of people that are not Muslim know and the things we know are of legitimate concern to those that like their heads just where they are.

Something else we infidels wonder is this, “why would a Muslim care”? No matter how it goes the Muslim will be here. If anyone can lay a bigot tag on that thought with what is going on in the world then I have to believe you’re looking to be controlling and shut people up.

If you are Muslim and cannot empathize with the “why would a Muslim care” statement then you either just don’t care because you’re good either way, or you want that Theocracy.

Education, “The Taqiyya”. That document makes it permissible with the expectation to lie. Apparently Islam allows no civilians either. If you are aware of these things how can you not question?

Non Muslims see a well documented ideological plan that has been around for about 1500 years. They see that ideological plan being enacted.

The plan has both hard and soft tactics. The attempt to gain Sharia Law for divorce here in Ontario that was quashed a soft tactic. There are 2 cases, one in Ontario and one in The Philippines where those convicted of terror are appealing because they were not tried under the law of the Quran also soft tactics.

Changes in Law, both are tactics to establish a foothold for that Ideological Theocratic Society in other places around the world.

Secular and religious alike, go read about these 4 things. A real good look at the ideology that is driving these perfectly sensible attacks around the world.

The Verses Of Violence.
The Taqiyya
That Zakat can fund Jihad.
Taharrush

My personal position is that all the religious books are manmade and not heaven sent.

Take a look at how the book of Islam was contrived by one person to instill order, fear, allowable atrocities and genocide.

http://www.harvardhouse.com/quran_purity.htm

And then there is the religion of peace’s killing. The Christian killings are there too.

http://markhumphrys.com/islam.killings.html

We of no faith and those of “Other Faiths” are cognizant of those things. The plan is there to be viewed by any who care to take the time.

I have never seen a Muslim show that understanding and I should have. I trust everyone got that when I said, “I haven’t seen it”. Muslims give it voice and recognition. Let those not of Muslim faith know you understand and care about the concerns.

Y’all gotta read. The information is there to be had if you look to multiple sources and read.

I’ll say it again. I know it isn’t every Muslim involved in that ages old plan. To some though, it seems that there are those of the Muslim faith aren’t doing nearly enough to help.

I’m tired of the emotionally controlling trying to shut people down to serve their own agenda.

Honest and open and understanding dialogue to lead us to an honest and open and understanding world that has freedom of religion and freedom from religion!

G.R. Hambley ©
April 19, 2016
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