B.C. judge orders fast trial for woman challenging laws against assisted suicide

ALS sufferer pressing for right to "die with dignity".

A Vancouver woman seeking to fast track a trial in which she is demanding a chance to "die with dignity" has had her wish granted.

Canadian Press has the story:

VANCOUVER -- A B.C. judge has ordered a speedy trial for a dying woman who wants to challenge Canada's laws against assisted suicide.

A lawyer for Gloria Taylor argued his client's case should be heard by November because her condition is deteriorating and she wants the chance to die with dignity.

"I am satisfied the time is urgent,'' said B.C. Supreme Court Justice Lynn Smith.

However, a lawyer for the federal government said such a fast trial should not be considered because the case is too complex to be prepared that quickly.

A four-week summary trial will be held beginning Nov. 15.

Taylor's lawyer, Joe Arvay, said the decision to fast track the trial means his client may now have the chance she wants to use a doctor to help her end her life.

Taylor has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, and Arvay told the court earlier in the week that her condition is getting worse.

"Gloria is an amazing woman. She has lived much longer than the doctors had predicted that she would,'' Arvay told reporters outside the court.

"She told me that she was going to hang on as long as it took in order for her to exercise her constitutional rights.''

Taylor's case is one of two in front of Smith, with right-to-die advocates saying it is time to reconsider a 1993 Supreme Court of Canada decision denying Sue Rodriguez the right to take her own life.

More in City

Living in an apartment with kids? Share your experiences

The City is seeking input from apartment-dwelling families with children to help plan for spaces that better meet their needs. As part of an update to the High-Density Housing for Families and...

Your water wise summer starts early this year

Today City Council approved a new Drinking Water Conservation By-Law to align with the Metro Vancouver Drinking Water Conservation Plan. Under the new by-law, watering restrictions will start on...

Temporary modular housing approved for Kaslo Street

The Director of Planning for the City of Vancouver, Gil Kelley, announced today the approval of a development permit to build 52 new temporary modular housing units at 4480 (formerly 4410) Kaslo...
Speak up about this article on Facebook or Twitter. Do this by liking Vancouver Observer on Facebook or following us @Vanobserver on Twitter. We'd love to hear from you.