"While the government tabled legislation April 14  to clarify the laws around doctor-assisted death, responses from some members of the Anglican Church of Canada's task force on assisted dying show that the church -- and Canadian society -- remain divided about how widely available this measure should be. Canon Eric Beresford, the ethicist who chairs the task force, said he felt the government 'tried hard to balance a number of things', and commended the decision to exclude children from the purview of the act. Another member of the task force, however, suggested its restrictiveness is a problem. Julie Guichon, a lawyer and assistant professor at the University of Calgary's school of medicine, argued that in its current form the bill is unconstitutional." (p. 1). "Meanwhile, the government's promise to spend $3 billion over the next five years for homecare and expanded palliative care was received positively by various quarters. Beresford said the announcement was 'wonderful news', and suggested that with assisted dying now an option, strong palliative care is more important than ever" (p. 12).
The Rev. Eric Beresford has been invited to be a consultant to the Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Dundee, Scotland in September 1999. "He will assist the council in dealing with Lambeth resolutions concerning ethical issues surrounding technology and the environment".
The church's debates about same sex unions were thrown into a completely new context in June when the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that the federal law limiting marriage was discriminatory. The court legalized marriage for homosexual couples immediately. Reactions from churches.
Eric Beresford describes the process on this issue leading up to General Synod.