Nova Scotia’s Public Prosecution Service will not prosecute any physicians or members of a health-care team involved in a physician-assisted death so long as it falls within the scope of the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2015 Carter ruling on the issue, Director of Public Prosecutions Martin Herschorn said today, June 16. Mr. Herschorn issued the directive to Crown attorneys across the province. The directive remains in effect until the federal government passes its medical assistance in dying legislation. “We are in an unprecedented situation. In the absence of federal legislation, health-care professionals are concerned and this directive will provide clarity,” said Mr. Herschorn. “Crown attorneys will rely on this directive for guidance to ensure no prosecution of any health-care professional who has acted properly in a physician-assisted death.” The directive recognizes that the work of physicians, pharmacists, nurses and other regulated health-care professionals must be protected to ensure the constitutional right of patients wishing assisted death are safeguarded. The Public Prosecution Service consulted with police prior to issuing the directive. “This directive clearly outlines the procedure police agencies in Nova Scotia, including the RCMP, will follow until proper legislation is passed and it was developed with the understanding that the safety and security of Nova Scotians must remain the top priority,” said Chief Peter MacIsaac, president of the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association. The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service was the first statutorily-based independent prosecution service in Canada. All prosecutions are the responsibility of the Director of Public Prosecutions. About 45,000 criminal code and 10,000 regulatory offence prosecutions are conducted annually by 90 Crown attorneys across the province. The Public Prosecution Service directive can be found at http://novascotia.ca/pps/publications/ca_manual/Physician-Assisted-Death.pdf
Tirupati: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao along with his family members offered prayers at Lord Venkateswara Temple at Tirumala here on Monday. Chandrashekhar Rao, his wife Shobha Rao and other family members worshipped and participated in various rituals conducted by temple priests. KCR, as Rao is popularly known, and his family members had reached Tirupati in a special aircraft on Sunday evening. After the night halt at Tirumala, they offered prayers. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Officials of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which manages the affairs of the hill shrine, welcomed the Telangana Chief Minister. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief prayed at the famous temple for the first time after assuming office as the Chief Minister for the second term in December last year. Interestingly KCR’s visit to the temple in Andhra Pradesh came close on the heels of his bete noire N. Chandrababu Naidu losing power in the state. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations YSR Congress Party of Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, with whom TRS has friendly ties, stormed to power with a landslide victory on Thursday. Though KCR’s party bagged maximum number of Lok Sabha seats (9) in Telangana, the results were disappointing for the party as the BJP made huge inroads winning 4 seats. Congress won 3 seats and TRS ally All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) one. KCR’s daughter K. Kavitha was defeated in Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency and his plans for Federal Front to form a non-BJP and non-Congress government at the Centre were foiled by BJP’s massive victory in the polls. Jagan Mohan Reddy had called on KCR in Hyderabad on Saturday to invite him to attend his swearing-in as the Chief Minister at Vijayawada on May 30. KCR will attend the swearing-in and also pray at Kanakadurga temple in Vijayawada.