This article was published by the Calgary Herald on October 26, 2020.

Heidi JanzBy Professor Heidi Janz

In recent months, horrific acts of violence and abuse against racialized people who were in distress have forced Canadians to begin to wake up to the reality of systemic racism in Canada. While the need to address systemic racism remains urgent, the fact that our country is on the verge of expanding eligibility for Medical Aid in Dying to include people with disabilities who are not at end-of-life creates an equally urgent need for Canadians to wake up to another form of systemic discrimination that is just as widespread and just as deadly. It’s called ableism.

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