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From: Mike Perry to cryonet
Nov. 22, 1994

Recently I wrote a letter to Joan Smallwood, Minister of Housing,
Recreation and Consumer Services, British Columbia, regarding
the anti-cryonics law. Here is this correspondence, and her reply.

September 27, 1994

Joan Smallwood
Minister of Housing, Recreation and Consumer Services
Parliament Buildings
Victoria, British Columbia V8V 1X4

Dear Joan Smallwood:

Section 57 of the Cemetery and Funeral Services Act in 
your province states that:

"no person shall offer for sale or sell any arrangement for
the preservation or storage of human remains based on
cryonics, irradiation or any other means of preservation or
storage, by whatever name called, that is offered or sold
on the expectation of the resuscitation of human remains
at a future time."

It's my understanding that this provision is to prohibit "sales activity"
relating to cryonics. Apparently this means that TV and newspaper ads
would not be allowed, nor telephone solicitations for business, and
the like. However, there are certain issues that are unclear to me;
here are some questions I hope can be answered.

1. Can a person in BC legally have arrangements for cryonic
suspension with some organization, not necessarily in your
province or country?

2. If the answer to (1) is "yes" and a person with cryonic arrangements
dies in BC, can the cryonic suspension procedure be started in BC,
or must the person first be removed to another location?

3. Can a visitor to BC legally give information enabling an interested 
party to contact a cryonics organization?

4. Can literature relating to cryonics organizations legally be taken
within the borders of BC?

5. Could a commercial publication such as *Omni* magazine be sold
within the borders of BC if it contained information enabling a reader
to contact a cryonics organization?
I would greatly appreciate clarification on these issues.

R. Michael Perry, Ph.D.
7895 E. Acoma Dr. #110
Scottsdale, AZ 85260-6916

********************Letter from Joan Smallwood*******************

November 16, 1994

R. Michael Perry, Ph.D.
#110 - 7895 E. Acoma Drive
Scottsdale, Arizona
USA 85260-6916

Dear Michael Perry:

Thank you for your letter of September 27, 1994, regarding
section 57 of British Columbia's *Cemetery and Funeral Services

You are correct in your understanding that section 57 prohibits
any marketing or sales activity of a plan or arrangement, which
is based on the expectation that a deceased may be revived at a
later date with the use of cryonics or similar technology.

I would like to stress, however, that British Columbia's
legislation does not prohibit the practice of cryonics. It only
prohibits the sale of contracts or plans based on the expectation
that human bodies may be revived.

In response to your specific questions, I would answer questions
1 and 2 in the affirmative. The answers to questions 3-5 may only
be determined on a case by case basis. One must ask: does the oral
"information", the written "literature", or the "publication"
constitute marketing or sales activity of a plan based on the
expectation that the human remains may be resuscitated at a
future time? If so, the representations may violate section 57
of British Columbia's *Cemetery and Funeral Services Act*.

The Government of British Columbia consulted widely in the
development of the *Cemetery and Funeral Services Act*. The statute
was passed with the full authority of the Legislature of British
Columbia, with section 57 intact.

Again, thank you for writing. I hope this information is helpful.

Joan Smallwood

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