L’Arche Canada response to Bill C-14
In the Preamble to Bill C-14, the draft bill on medical assistance in dying, the Government of Canada attempts to strike “the most appropriate balance between the autonomy of persons who seek medical assistance in dying, on one hand, and the interests of vulnerable persons in need of protection and those of society, on the other.” We applaud the Government for affirming “the inherent and equal value of every person’s life,” discouraging “negative perceptions of the quality of life of persons who are elderly, ill or disabled” and clearly stating that “vulnerable persons must be protected from being induced, in moments of weakness, to end their lives.” The legislation is rightly focused on medical assistance only to people who are dying.
However, these statements will be meaningless unless mechanisms are developed to provide vigorous safeguards as called for in the ‘Vulnerable Persons Standard.’ With the Canadian Association for Community Living and our other partners, we seek to ensure that these safeguards are incorporated so that the Government lives up to the values stated in the Preamble.
In addition to these safeguards, we must also develop the resources necessary to ensure that access to palliative care becomes a universally available health care service, and to expand supports and services for vulnerable Canadians and their families. We encourage the Government to invest in proactive supports that respond to many of the concerns raised in the Vulnerable Persons Standard.
In their letter published in the Globe and Mail on March 1, 2016, Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche, and Hollee Card, National Leader of L’Arche Canada, wrote, “It strikes us that this is an occasion to reaffirm life even as we permit those facing terrible suffering to choose death. We must ensure that the best safeguards exist, while redoubling our commitment to caring for one another in the most fragile moments of each of our lives.”
Jean Vanier’s comfort and joy:
‘What we have to do is find
the places of hope’
Ian Brown, Globe and Mail, 19 December 2015
Jean Vanier created L’Arche to nurture a different kind of life:
one focused on connection rather than commerce.
More than 50 years later, Ian Brown goes on a journey
to understand how simply admitting our weaknesses can make us strong.
Click here, or on the image below, to read about it.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2015
New book from Jean Vanier
Making an Impact on our Society
In his newest book, Jean Vanier answers the questions everyone asks themselves at one point in their life: Who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose in life? His responses are thought provoking and inspiring, leading readers to examine themselves and their belief in God. Life’s Great Questions is an ideal book for discussion, with everyone sharing their stories, or to read deeply on one’s own. Can be ordered through novalis.ca ($19.95).
“Para Normal” is an award-winning short film by Rostyk Makushak that creatively captures some of the everyday life experiences of three people with intellectual disabilities at L’Arche Ottawa.
Check out the reviews in the Ottawa Citizen, OttawaLife Magazine, then watch it online at cbc.ca or on YouTube.
You can also tune in to watch it on TVO at the following prime time screening times:
o Friday, May 29 at 9:52 pm
o Saturday, May at 30 7:54 pm
o Sunday, May 31 at 10:49 pm
o Monday, June 1 at 7:52 pm
o Wednesday, June 3 at 7:53 pm
o Friday, June 5 at 7:49 pm
Spring 2015 Impact Bulletin
Making an Impact on our Society
Stéphane Bastarache travels to Ottawa - As Stéphane excitedly joined up with fellow travellers at the Halifax airport, his carefully packed suitcase held a suit, tie, bow tie, new shoes – and pictures that Stéphane was carrying to share with the Princess Royal (Princess Anne) in Ottawa, to help her understand an emerging passion of the L’Arche Saint John community, our “Some Kind of Creative Club”. This place of connection with local artists, volunteers, and friends regularly takes us by surprise as we discover new and dramatic ways of sharing hidden gifts and perspectives. Of meeting the Princess, Stéphane recalls, “She was asking questions… I was happy.” [...]
In the News:
Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary
Awarded the 2014 World Mayor Prize by the City Mayors Foundation
Over the years, we’ve interviewed many interesting Canadians for our e-quarterly publication, “A Human Future.” In the Spring of 2013, we caught up with Mayor Naheed Nenshi of Calgary to discuss his ideas about community-building. Click here to read the interview..
"Singing a Song of Hope": Archbishop Fred Hiltz,
Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada,
honours Jean Vanier and L'Arche in his New Year’s message.
To read the full message, click here.
As people of good will everywhere
prepare to welcome the New Year,
yearning for God’s peace on earth,
let us remember that
“It is always the most fragile among us
who are the closest to their humanity,
to their suffering,
and to their need to be loved.
It is they who show the rest of us
the way to live in truth and in love.”
Tune in to CBC Radio One online (English radio only) to hear the December 1st Episode of The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers.
During the episode, Shelagh discusses Jean's books, Tears of Silence and Becoming Human. She also replays an interview that she did with Jean a couple of years ago.
The Next Chapter airs each week on Mondays at 1 p.m. and on Saturdays at 4 p.m., and can be heard anytime at http://www.cbc.ca/thenextchapter/episode/2014/12/01/bruce-cockburn-jean-vanier/
The new Norflicks film "Love and Belonging" will be premiered on Vision TV tonight, November 24, at 10 pm EST, for those who can access Vision.
“Pareil pas pareil”
("Alike, but not alike")
Seven spokespeople, who live with different forms of intellectual disabilities, respond openly to the questions that everyone asks themselves about “differences” and “normality”, about the challenges of living with a handicap and the desire to live like everyone else, on the need to feel useful and the willingness to learn as well as the importance of loving.
[Note: For English subtitles on the video at www.pareilpaspareilenpartage.org,
click on the "cc" at the bottom, right-hand side of the video.]
Jean Vanier and L’Arche
to Receive 2014 Notre Dame Award
for International Human Development
For details, click on the Notre Dame logo above.
L'Arche profiled on the
award-winning radio program,
"Ideas", on CBC Radio One
The two-part series, entitled "How to do ordinary things", aired on Tuesday, Sept. 2nd, and Tuesday, Sept. 9th, at 9:00 p.m. (9:30 p.m. in Newfoundland) on CBC Radio One.
L'Arche Canada "Portal Page"
Now Online at discoverwith.ca
March 21st is International Down Syndrome Day.
Here’s a toast to all those people with Down Syndrome who enrich our lives.