Book launch

Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 19, 2023 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EDT
Event Location: 
Cardus (45 Rideau St. in Ottawa) or online
Event Contact Name: 
Jaro Kotalik
Event Contact E-mail: 

A newly released academic book edited by a university professor and a health lawyer is making an important contribution to Canadian public policy on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) while examining opportunities for advocacy for health equity.  

Edited by Dr. Jaro Kotalik, Chair of the Executive Committee of the Lakehead University Centre for Health Care Ethics and a Professor at NOSM University, and David Shannon, a lawyer and disability advocate, the book Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada: Key multidisciplinary perspectives is being published by Springer in the International Library of Bioethics. 

“With over 30 multidisciplinary chapter authors, including Canadian legal authorities, scholars, and clinicians with affiliations to over a dozen universities, this book offers the first comprehensive overview of MAiD,” Dr. Kotalik said. 

“It delves into complexities and problems, and also provides various recommendations on how the MAiD program could be improved while suggesting relevant research topics that could be explored.” 

A national launch of the book is scheduled to take place in Ottawa on Tuesday, Sept.  19 at 7 pm at Cardus, located at 45 Rideau St., which will also be livestreamed.

A Thunder Bay book launch will follow in October.

The book is available online, at the Lakehead University Bookstore, and in the Lakehead University and NOSM University libraries. 

“The publication of this kind of scholarship demonstrates the leadership that Lakehead University and NOSM University are known for. This is a wonderful accomplishment, occurring on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Centre for Health Care Ethics,” Dr. Kotalik said. 

You can learn more about the book and secure your digital or paper copy through the Springer website.  

You can register for the in-person or the on-line event here.