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Ontario wary of challenging court ruling on use of aboriginal traditional remedies to treat leukemia

Ontario wary of challenging court ruling on use of traditional remedies to treat aboriginal girl’s leukemia Aboriginal groups hailed the ruling for recognizing an important First Nations tradition, while many in the non-native world complained that the girl’s best interests had been sacrificed for a legal principle.
Some scholars have criticized the judge for not considering whether using child-welfare laws to force the girl to stay in chemo would be a reasonable limit on that right, the sort of balancing that typically occurs in constitutional cases.

The Ontario government seems eager to avoid appealing a controversial court ruling on the treatment of a young aboriginal girl with cancer, working instead toward an out-of-court resolution of the case, the lawyer for the patient’s family said Thursday. The province announced that the appeal deadline for last November’s decision had again been extended, this time…


 

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