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A palliative care centre in Sherbrooke, Quebec, is poised to become the first facility to provide access to doctor-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients.

The CEO of la Maison Aube-Lumière, Elizabeth Brière, said the centre will begin offering the service on Feb. 1, 2016, five days before the ban on doctor-assisted suicide is lifted outside of Quebec.

In Quebec, the right to end one’s life with a doctor’s help will take effect in December 2015. The centre’s staff voted 61 per cent in favour of offering the service. Its board of governors voted unanimously in favour.

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