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End-of-life care
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Nonreligion in a Complex Future

Nonreligion in a Complex Future

Lori Beaman

In the last 15 years, there has been a rapid increase in the number of people who identify as having no religion. In many countries where Christianity has traditionally made up the religious majority, nonreligious populations are now significant. Many approaches equate nonreligion with atheism or reduce it to "the secular", which limits nonreligion to only a small part of the phenomenon this project is investigating. More than atheism, nonreligion includes agnosticism, humanism, spiritual but not religious, indifference, and other varieties of nonbelief. More than just the secular, there are many ways to understand nonreligion and its links to concepts such as nationhood, democracy, secularism, laïcité, values, morality, culture, and heritage. The Nonreligion Project investigates the shape of nonreligion, observes how nonreligion and religion are negotiated in society, and develops evidence-based constructive policies to address the tensions that arise from those negotiations. This touches health policy, ethics, and law—for example, in the debates over medical assistance in dying.


Recent Publications

Faith and/in Medicine: Religious and Conscientious Objections to MAiD
Daphne Gilbert. Dalhousie Law Journal. 2020. (OPEN ACCESS)

Interpreting Canada’s medical assistance in dying legislation
Jocelyn Downie & Jennifer Chandler. Institute for Research on Public Policy. 2018. (OPEN ACCESS)

Organ donation in the context of medical assistance in dying (MAID): Ethical and legal issues facing Canada
Jennifer Chandler (co-author). McGill Journal of Law and Health. 2018. (OPEN ACCESS)

Medical assistance in dying
Colleen M. Flood, Jennifer Chandler (co-authors amongst others). CCA. 2018. (OPEN ACCESS)

Transcendence/religion to immanence/nonreligion in assisted dying
Lori Beaman, Cory Steele. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare. 2018.


Recent Media

Nova Scotia now a leader in medical assistance in dying
Jocelyn Downie, Daphne Gilbert. The Guardian. Sept 2019.

“Can we die? The seriously ill need clarity
Jocelyn Downie, Jennifer Chandler. The Conversation. April 2018.

Webinar: Interpreting Canada’s medical assistance in dying legislation
Jocelyn Downie, Jennifer Chandler. Institute for Research on Public Policy. 2018.

Organ donation and assisted death
w/ Jennifer Chandler. CBC Sunday Edition. Jan 2018.

Reframing assisted dying: Nonreligion and the law
Lori Beaman. Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network. Sept 2017.

Event Videos

The Privilege of "Best Interests": Why Family Decision-Makers in Health Care Should Not Be Considered Fiduciaries
Jennifer Herbst. Feb 2020.

Access to Medical Assistance in Dying for Persons with Mental Illness: Perspectives from Psychiatry and Law
Mona Gupta, Jennifer Chandler, Colleen Flood. Feb 2019.

Ottawa Conference on Medical Assistance in Dying – 1
What Carter Said: The Interface of Law, Medicine, and Humanity
        Vanessa Gruben, Isabelle Marcoux, Catherine Frazee
Liability Issues
        Lorian Hardcastle, Michelle Giroux, Daniel Boivin
Conscientious Objections
        Harvey Schipper, Carolyn McLeod, Richard Moon

Ottawa Conference on Medical Assistance in Dying – 2
Patients Presently Excluded from MAiD
        Jennifer Chandler, Colleen M. Flood, Randi Zlotnik Shaul
Oct 2016.