Toronto’s 50 Most Influential: #44, Maureen Taylor
Assisted Dying Advocate
44The award-winning CBC health journalist turned physician assistant became a leading voice for assisted dying after watching her husband, Dr. Donald Low, suffer through the painful effects of terminal brain cancer. She co-chaired a national panel of experts that consulted with Canadians and studied countries with assisted dying laws, such as Switzerland, before handing a 65-page report of recommendations to the government.
Fighting the restriction of “reasonably foreseeable” natural deaths—a provision she considers unfair to patients with chronic pain and dementia.
Toronto's Most Influential People of 2016