The foundation proposes a similar model based on organizations in that country (Switzerland) such as Exit, which has 70,000 members.This means that the Farewell Foundation intends to establish an assisted suicide killing centre/organization that will provide lethal drugs, information and devices and directly assist their deaths. The Farewell Foundation is appealing the decision of the Registrar of Companies and it is also attempting to bring its case further by challenging the assisted suicide Act itself. The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition is watching this case closely and will intervene in the case, if necessary, at the appropriate time.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Farewell Foundation seeks to Challenge Canada's assisted suicide Act
A group of suicide activists, is attempting to establish a non-profit corporation in British Columbia to assist the suicides of its members and to overturn Section 241b of the criminal code, the assisted suicide Act in Canada, through the court. On March 17, 2011 the British Columbia Registrar of Companies refused to register the Farewell Foundation because the aims of the organization contravene the criminal code. The leader of the Farewell Foundation appears to be Russel Ogden, a criminologist who has been involved in the euthanasia lobby for many years. His euthanasia work has included being involved with Nu-Tech. Ogden has always claimed that he was a researcher but in fact he has always been an activist in the euthanasia lobby. In an article written by Tiffany Crawford and published in the Vancouver Sun on April 8, 2011; Crawford quotes the statement by Jason Gratl, the lawyer for the Farewell Foundation who stated: