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The daughter of Hassan Rasouli, who is in vegetative state at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, holds her father’s hand in a photo from Dec. 6, 2012.
The daughter of Hassan Rasouli, who is in vegetative state at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, holds her father’s hand in a photo from Dec. 6, 2012.
(Fernando Morales/The Globe and Mail)

What provinces need to learn from the top court's end-of-life ruling

The Supreme Court of Canada decision about the fate of Hassan Rasouli – a man who has been on life support for three years and whose family insists the treatment continue – has been interpreted in many ways: As a victory for families, as a blow to physician autonomy, as a rebuke to bureaucrats who want to ‘unplug’ ailing patients, and as a slapdown for supporters of euthanasia.