The 2023 Stapleford Lecture


Medical Assistance in Dying: An Aging Population and End of Life Choices

Presented by Dr. Lilian Thorpe, MD, PhD, FRCP


Thursday, 16 February 2023
7:00 - 8:30 PM
La Cite, room 215


ABOUT THE LECTURE: As the population ages there has been increasing focus on the end of life, including discontinuation of interventions no longer bringing benefit, improving care, and most recently allowing patients to access a medically assisted death. This has brought with it major clinical, legal, and ethical challenges, with highly polarized debate at many levels of society. This presentation from a geriatric psychiatrist will place MAID in the continuum of end of life care and explore the difficult balance between autonomy and protection of vulnerable people.

Dr. Thorpe is a geriatric psychiatrist in the Saskatchewan Health Authority and Professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology and Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine.

The video of this lecture can be found here.


About the Stapleford Lecture

Each winter, the Faculty of Arts is pleased to present the annual Stapleford Lecture, a free lecture funded through the generosity of the Ernest William Stapleford and Maude Bunting Stapleford Lecture Fund. This endowed trust was provided to the University of Regina by Dr Elsie Stapleford, as a memorial to her parents. The endowment allows the Faculty of Arts to bring a distinguished guest lecturer to the University to speak in the area of human justice, the status of women, the education and care of children, the rights of disadvantaged groups, and/or the history and art of Saskatchewan.

Rev. Ernest Stapleford (1874-1959) was the president of Regina College from 1915-1934. He guided the college through the crisis of World War I and the economic depression of the 1930s. He was one of the formative presidents of this institution. His wife, Mrs. Maude Stapleford (1884-1962) was very active and engaged in the community, and took a particular interest in the arts, and in the advancement of women's and children's rights. Daughter Dr Elsie Stapleford helped create and implement the Ontario Day Nurseries Actof 1946, which provided provincial government funding for day care centres, and implemented licensing and inspection measures. As Director of the Day Nurseries Branch, Dr. Stapleford made the Ontario program a model, and helped to transform the way child care is thought of and delivered in this country. Elsie Stapleford passed away in 2004.

Past Stapleford Lectures

Past Stapleford Lecturers have included Zarqa Nawaz, creator of the hit CBC show Little Mosque on the Prairie; Nettie Weibe, noted thinker and social activist; and playwright/author Maria Campbell.

2022: 'Unimaginable Fury': White Men's Violence Against Indigenous Women
by Dr. Sherene H. Razack, Distinguished Professor and the Penny Kanner Endowed Chair in Women’s Studies in the Department of Gender Studies, UCLA
View Lecture on YouTube

2019: Disability, Art and Activism
by Dr. Nancy Hansen, Professor of Disability Studies, University of Manitoba.
View lecture on YouTube

2018: Are Prisons Canada's New Residential Schools?
by Nancy Macdonald, National Reporter, The Globe and Mail
View lecture on YouTube

2017: The Gender of Homesteading: Women and the Contest for Land on the Canadian Prairies

by Dr. Sarah Carter, Professor and Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of History and Classics and the Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta

2016: Ronald Bloore & The Art of Provocation
by Timothy Long, head curator, Mackenzie Art Gallery
View the 2016 Stapleford Lecture on YouTube.

2015: The Fierce Urgency of Now: Global Education as a Gateway to Creating Critically Informed, Motivated and Globally Competent Citizens
by Dr. Michael O'Sullivan, grandson of Rev. Stapleford and Associate Professor at Brock University
View the 2015 Stapleford lecture on Youtube.  See the 2015 Stapleford poster (230 KB) pdf

2014: Senate Reform: is it necessary and can it be done?
by Dr. Gordon Barnhart, historian and former Lt. Gov. of Saskatchewan
View 2014 poster (230 KB) PDF

Listen to this year's lecture.

2013: Librarians Unplugged: How and why librarians are speaking out about crucial social issues
by Toni Samek, School of Library and Information studies, University of Alberta.
View 2013 Stapleford Lecture  poster (566 KB) PDF
View a video recording of the 2013 Stapleford Lecture video (opens a new browser window)

2012: One Law for All: Understanding Canada's indigenous constitution
by Dr. John Borrows, Professor and Robina Chair in Law and Society, University of Minnesota Law School
View 2012 lecture poster (984 KB) PDF

2011: Islam, Gender and the Future of Multicultural Citizenship
by Mohammad Fadel, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto
View 2011 lecture poster (605 KB) jpg
Download transcript of ' Islam, Gender and the Future of Multicultural Citizenship' (93.18 KB) PDF

2010: Quality Care for Patients, Above All
by Anne Doig, President of the Canadian Medical Association
View 2010 lecture poster (332 KB) JPG

2009: Implementing Self Determination: A leader's vision
by Perry Bellegarde, former Grand Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations
View 2009 lecture poster (501 KB) GIF

2008: Citizenship, Governance and Duty
by Lynda Haverstock, former Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan
View 2008 lecture poster (220 KB) JPG