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Registration Open – Virtual Conference 2021 (#ALPM2021)

Registration is open for the CSPCP’s Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Virtual Conference. The conference is open to physicians, medical residents and medical students only.

Virtual ALPM 2021 will run for three consecutive half days:

Thursday, February 25 through Saturday, February 27, 2021
From 9–1 PT/10-2 MT/11-3 CT/12–4 ET/1–5 AT /130-530 NL each day

Link to Register:

Link to Program:

Why attend Virtual ALPM?

  • Advanced palliative medicine content
  • Exclusive to physicians, medical residents, and medical students
  • No stress about whether it’s safe to travel and meet
  • Less time and cost to attend
  • Earn CFPC and Royal College certified CME credits from the comfort of your home or office.
  • Ability to view recordings if you miss a session. Recorded sessions will be available for 30 days.
  • Supports the CSPCP

Hope to see you virtually in February!

Participate in the Canadian Palliative Care Exchange

Health care professionals are invited to participate in the Canadian Palliative Care (CPC) Exchange ( New, interesting topics are added every week.

Join now at: to:

• Ask questions
• Share your experiences
• Teach and learn with colleagues from across Canada

The CSPCP and Pallium launched The Canadian Palliative Care Exchange in July 2020, with support from the Canadian Medical Association, Scotiabank, and MD Financial Management. It is a professional learning site, moderated by members of the CSPCP, and open to all health care professionals including physicians, nurses, social workers, and pharmacists.

Compassionate Care Act becomes law in Ontario

Ontario Bill 3,An Act providing for the development of a provincial framework on palliative care passed third reading in the Ontario legislature and will become law. The purpose of the Act is to develop a framework to ensure that every Ontarian has access to quality palliative care. The Act requires the Minister of Health to develop a provincial framework designed to support improved access to palliative care. The Minister must table a report setting out the provincial framework in the Legislative Assembly within one year after the Bill comes into force. Within three years after the report is tabled, the Minister must prepare and table a report on the state palliative care in Ontario. Each report must be published on a Government of Ontario website.

Passing of the law sets a positive precedent for other provinces and shows demonstrate provincial government support for palliative care. The Bill was supported by 40 stakeholders, including Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, ALS Canada, and health professionals from across the province.

CSPCP Input RE Bill C-7

(November 2020). The Parliament of Canada is currently reviewing Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying). Parts of the proposed Bill have significant implications for palliative care and despite the very tight timelines involved, the CSPCP has been actively working to provide input accordingly.

The first step in the parliamentary process was review by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. The CSPCP submitted a written brief (English; French). We were subsequently invited to give a 5-minute presentation to the Committee and to participate in a question period. CSPCP President Dr. Anne Boyle and CSPCP Member Dr. Harvey Chochinov represented the CSPCP. They focused on the evidence in the literature that addressed the Government’s proposed changes to the law. (View proceedings here. CSPCP presented at 12:25:45)

The second step was review by the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. The CSPCP submitted a written brief (same as the one above). CSPCP Past-President Dr. Leonie Herx gave a 5-minute presentation and participated in the question period that followed. Dr. Herx summarized the CSPCP’s concerns and recommendations for safeguards to minimize harm. View her presentation here. (Full proceedings here: SenVu (

Results of Board Election Oct 22, 2020

Three Directors at Large were elected for a two-year term at the CSPCP AGM on Thursday, October 22, 2020.

Dr. Edward Dubland – BC
Dr. Leonie Herx, Past President – ON
Dr. Timothy Hiebert – MB

Terms are continuing for:
Dr. Amit Arya – ON
Dr. Anne Boyle, President – ON
Dr. Charlie Chen – AB
Dr. David Henderson – NS
Dr. Ebru Kaya, Treasurer – ON
Dr. Lawrence Lee – AB
Dr. Stephen Singh – ON

The Secretary will be chosen and announced within 30 days after the AGM.

Thank you to all of the candidate, nominators, and voters for contributing to a very robust election!