Decision reserved in Delta Hospice Society appeal over membership fight

A decision on the appeal brought by the Delta Hospice Society (DHS) against a lower court ruling that ordered it to accept hundreds of rejected membership applications has been reserved.

The B.C. Court of Appeal heard submissions from both the current DHS board of directors and community group Take Back Delta Hospice, led by three former board members on Wednesday.

Take Back Delta Hospice organizer Chris Pettypiece said that in the interim, judges ordered that the freeze placed on the society’s activities in June remain in place until a decision was rendered.

Underlying the legal action is a fight over offering medical assistance in dying (MAiD) at the 10-bed Irene Thomas Hospice, which is operated by DHS.

The current DHS board of directors voted to ban MAiD soon after coming to power late last year.

They then set about selecting who could and couldn’t join as a voting member, arguing

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