OTTAWA, April 23, 2003 ( – In a letter to the Ontario Minister of Culture, David Tsubouchi, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) President Dr. Barrie deVeber insisted that the Ministry launch a real, impartial investigation into the grant by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to Dying with Dignity (DWD).  In January LifeSite broke the story that the government funded foundation granted DWD $177,800 over three years for DWD’s counseling program.  Despite clear information provided by EPC, both the Trillium Foundation and the Ministry of Culture continue to deny that DWD’s intended program contravenes Trillium policies. The issues at stake are serious. Government money should not go towards the programs that include illegal activity.  EPC points out that:  – DWD is the largest organization promoting the legalization of assisted suicide in Canada.  – DWD newsletters clearly indicate that one of the purposes of the pilot counseling program for which the Ontario Trillium Foundation allocated $177,800 over three years, is to counsel clients in the issues of “Self Deliverance”, a euphemism for suicide, created by American euthanasia activist Derek Humphrey.  “It is clear from DWD newsletters that the program will counsel methods of suicide, something which is prohibited by section 241 of the Canadian Criminal Code,” says an EPC release today.  “To impart information on methods of suicide, both endangers the law and endangers the lives of vulnerable people, particularly people with disabilities.”  See LifeSite’s original coverage of the story and Interim coverage:  ONTARIO GOVERNMENT GIVES $177,800 TO PRO-EUTHANASIA GROUP Pro-death group gets government cash – Interim, March 2003


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