Lifespan Society of British Columbia

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The Lifespan Society of British Columbia, or simply Lifespan, is a nonprofit life extensionist organization based in Vancouver, Canada.[1][2] It promotes life extension through educational events and community programs.[1] Lifespan has also sought to provide cryonics services, leading it to challenge a British Columbia law against cryonics.[2]

Legal case

In July 2015, the Lifespan Society of British Columbia and member Keegan Macintosh filed a legal challenge against a 1990 provincial law, which apparently prohibited the sale of cryonics. Macintosh wished to buy services from Lifespan for it to, after his legal death, prepare his body and transport it for cryopreservation. The case was initially rejected by the courts, because no formal offer of cryonics services had been made. However, in October 2016, Lifespan proceeded to enter into a contract with Macintosh to provide such services. The case was finally settled in 2018, when the provincial government of British Columbia, according to Macintosh and fellow member Carrie Wong, "clarified its position as not intending to investigate and prosecute responsible cryonics practices in the province."[2][3][4][5][6]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "About the Lifespan Society of BC". Lifespan Society of B.C. "Lifespan's mission is to promote and protect access to science-based strategies for extending human lifespan. [...] Through a variety of community programs and events, we offer exciting insights into present and future health care technologies. [...] To this end, we organize conferences and educational outreach events to stimulate informed and critical discussion on life extension issues. [...] Vancouver, BC"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Gratl, Jason (14 July 2015). "Notice of Civil Claim". Scribd. Vancouver, Canada. p. 3. "The Plaintiff Lifespan Society of British Columbia ('Lifespan') is a non-profit society incorporated under the Society Act, RSBC 1996, c.433. [...] This proceeding is a challenge to the constitutional validity of s.14 of CIFSA, which prohibits the sale or offer for sale of cryonics services."
  3. The Canadian Press (15 July 2015). "Claim challenges B.C.'s ban on sale of cryonics — preserving bodies at low temperatures after death". National Post. Vancouver, Canada. "The Lifespan Society of British Columbia and Keegan Macintosh filed a notice of civil claim Tuesday in B.C. Supreme Court, arguing sections of the province’s Cremation, Interment and Funeral Services Act are unconstitutional because they prohibit the sale of cryonics."
  4. Macintosh, Keegan; Wong, Carrie (November 2018). "A New Chapter for Cryonics in British Columbia" (PDF). Cryonics. 36 (9): 8–10. "In 1990, British Columbia quietly passed a law appearing to prohibit cryonics activities in the Canadian province."
  5. Egan, Danielle (14 March 2017). "Cryonics: The Secret to Immortality?". Vancouver Magazine.
  6. Proctor, Jason (25 November 2016). "B.C. man signs first-of-its-kind Canadian cryonic contract". CBC.