TORONTO, September 22, 2005 ( – The Toronto Sun reported today that Mark Pickup, one of the speakers at a euthanasia symposium in Toronto this Saturday, is coming to Toronto to emphasize that federal Bill C-407, already making its way through Parliament, is a licence to kill.

Pickup, who resides in Edmonton and has advanced multiple sclerosis, told the Sun C-407 “is anti-disability bigotry disguised as right-to-die legislation” and is “a horrible bill that would open the door to killing the disabled and you wouldn’t need a physician to do it.” He also added, “It’s intended to cull the population of its ill and depressed.”

Pickup, the founder of HumanLifeMatters and a Canadian disability activist, is one of three experts scheduled to speak at the symposium sponsored by the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition at the downtown Toronto Ramada Inn. His speaking topic will be Bill C-407, a bill to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide, and our concern for the lives of people with disabilities.

Stephen Drake, is the research analyst for NOT DEAD YET, a national disability rights organization in the United States that focuses on issues related to euthanasia and assisted suicide. He will address the topic, Euthanasia and assisted suicide world-wide in relation to disability issues and Terri Schiavo.

The topic of Peter Aarssen, an Elder Planning Consultant, will be Understanding demographic change, a subject that is getting increasing, major attention around the world from governments and international organizations at a time of dramatic change in the age balance within nations.

The Ramada Inn is located at 300 Jarvis St. and the conference will take place from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday. Cost is $50.00 per person, $30.00 for students. (Includes lunch). To register, call toll free: 1-877-439-3348

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