On Nov. 23rd, 2015, Michael Hennessy was invited to participate in a panel discussion hosted by the University of Sudbury regarding the topic of Doctor Assisted Death and End of Life Care. Mr. Hennessy was joined by Mary Huska, Clinical Bioethicist at Health Sciences North and Dr. Rachel Haliburton, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sudbury. The presentation was organized by Dr. Paolo Biondi, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sudbury, who also moderated the event.
The discussion specifically focussed on the Feb. 6, 2015 Supreme Court of Canada landmark decision in the “Carter Case”. This decision struck down existing laws related to physician-assisted death in Canada, with a one year suspension of the decision to allow for the creation of legislation to make physician-assisted dying legal across Canada. Mr. Hennessy’s areas of practice include end-of -life planning, making this historic court case one of interest to Michael. He has followed the progression of this case from beginning to end and written on it in the past.