Palliative Care vs. Medical Assistance in Dying at Contactivity Centre

On Thursday, July 13 the Contactivity Centre’s Summer Institute will present Palliative Care vs. Medical Assistance in Dying: What’s the Difference? What’s the Law? What are the Ethics?  The presentation is a lively but respectful exchange with proponents of one or the other (or both) approaches in situations of terminal illness.

The panel will include

  • Dr. M. Boivert, MUHC (retired), a staunch supporter of euthanasia who was consulted in new Quebec legislation on medically assisted dying.
  • Dr. M. Borad, Director, Supportive and Palliative Care Programs, MUHC
  • Dr. Catherine Ferrier, Geriatric specialist at the  MUHC,  and President of the  Physicians’ Alliance Against Euthanasia

Moderator will be Joyce Blond Frank, LLM, a retired lawyer specializing in seniors’ issues.

The presentation is free and open to all interested, but preregistration  at 514-932-2326 is required .

The Contactivity Centre is located in Westmount Park United Church, 4695 de Maisonneuve West, corner of Lansdowne Avenue.

Contactivity Centre is a non-profit community centre for active, autonomous seniors 60 plus. It offers a welcoming, caring and safe place  where a sense of community and social engagement can be fostered.  The centre weekly hosts a variety of courses and interest groups which encompass the mind, body and soul.

Courses and interest groups are presented on a semester basis – Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. In addition to the programming, The Centre is also  open for drop-ins who can borrow a book, purchase low-cost clothing from theboutique, read the Gazette, chat with friends and much more.

The Centre promotes seniors’ optimum mental, emotional and physical health, autonomy and work together to deal with any unavoidable dependencies that may arise with increasing age.

Weekly activities include Line Dancing, Tai Chi, Stretch to Music,  Tango Argentina,  Beginners Bridge,  Supervised Bridge,  Intermediate Bridge,  Inter-generational Choir and French Conversation..

The centre also offers interest groups including Bridge,  arts and crafts,  water colors and sketching classes,  a Thomas More Institute discussion group,  a social action committee, walking groups and chess classes.

Realizing that community meals are important to social integration, the centre offers several opportunities  weekly to break bread together. On Monday s at noon it  offers the  popular Homemade Soups in Webster Hall on the main floor. No reservations are needed.

From September through June  the centre serves a full course homemade  meal Thursdays at 1  p.m. For this meal reservations are needed by Tuesday before the meal at 514.932.2326. Following lunch there is a program that could be a guest speaker, a movie, or musical entertainment.

Members are the life of Contactivity Centre. The majority live in Westmount, but many come by bus and metro from other parts of city. Membership is $20 a year and runs April to April, but membership can be purchased at any time.

For more information about all the programs go to or phone 514.932.2326.


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