Will a COVID-19 Vaccine be Mandatory?

A syringe with a golden liquid inside is held up with two hands by a faceless and blurry doctor with brown skin.

Vaccines in some form or another have existed since the early 1000s, though they are commonly thought to have been brought into vogue by Edward Jenner starting in 1796 with the use of cowpox as a vaccine for smallpox. While laws on the mandatory nature of vaccines have fluctuated over time and vary between jurisdictions,… Continue reading Will a COVID-19 Vaccine be Mandatory?

Ethical Plans, Ethical Choices: Thinking through COVID-19

Dear friends. As you might imagine, today's post is about COVID-19, but I want to assure you that it is also very much not a post about COVID-19. Today's post is about how I think it is largely a mistake to think about ethics as a series of individual actions. The further I go into… Continue reading Ethical Plans, Ethical Choices: Thinking through COVID-19

Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID): A Primer

A human skeleton from the skull down to the shoulders.

Given the current conversation around physician-assisted-suicide, aka. Medical Assistance in Dying, aka. MAID, in light of this survey promoted by the federal government, I though that as my first Moral Guillotines of 2020 that I would give a little overview on MAID in the Canadian context, and some of the upcoming issues. What is MAID?… Continue reading Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID): A Primer

The Federal Election: A Retrospective

As a disclaimer, today's blog is not going to be about philosophy, but rather a retrospective on the recent Canadian Federal Election and some of my thoughts on the matter. Last night, the election was a dubious celebration- primarily because we won't be facing 4 years of conservatives in power federally as well as provincially… Continue reading The Federal Election: A Retrospective

Privacy, Free Speech, Hate & Harassment

Scrabble letters on a pale beige background spell out the words "HI HATERS"

My partner recently brought the following case to my attention. As has been the case in recent weeks, it has to do with the upcoming Canadian election, and comes from CBC. The case is this: A far right nationalist, white-supremacist group is attempting to gain political party status. To do so, they need 250 signatures… Continue reading Privacy, Free Speech, Hate & Harassment

The Next Digital Economy? 3 Blockchain Related Ethical Issues we Need to Tackle First

In Policy Horizons Canada's new Economic Futures: The Next Digital Economy white paper, Blockchain is identified as one of 9 key technologies that will cause disruption to the economy, labour force, and ways in which individuals interact with businesses. Blockchain is lucrative. It's flashy. Even Facebook has one now! Whether or not you think it's… Continue reading The Next Digital Economy? 3 Blockchain Related Ethical Issues we Need to Tackle First

Fitbits, Insurance, and Discrimination

So, I woke up this morning to this lovely article from CBC detailing how the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT is looking into using FitBit trackers to incentivise workers into healthy activities as a means to cut healthcare insurance costs. Now, this, when I read it was shocking and appalling and OBVIOUSLY TERRIBLE, but apparently the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT… Continue reading Fitbits, Insurance, and Discrimination

Cannabis, Obesity, and Trust’s Role in Healthcare

Welcome to cannabis legalization Canada, a place where there are approximately 100 cannabis thinkpieces per day that range the gamut from where the shortages are to how cannabis will impact employment practices and relationships. In addition to these though, I have noticed a concerning trend of stories, where cannabis use is seen by doctors as… Continue reading Cannabis, Obesity, and Trust’s Role in Healthcare

Comments on a National Pharmacare Strategy

Hello ghouls and ghosties, welcome to October! My life is a little crazy right now between the PhD, and upcoming travel for some writerly related appearances, more on that on my other blog, if you're interested. As a result, this week instead of a traditional blog, I'm posting the comments I provided to the Government… Continue reading Comments on a National Pharmacare Strategy

Quality vs. Quantity at the End of Life

Welcome back to the final pre-PhD Moral Guillotines! This will be my last post until mid-September, but I promise I'll be back soon. On that note, today's post will be about death. As humans, we generally like to avoid unpleasant things. Some of these things are concrete, like harm, some of these things are social,… Continue reading Quality vs. Quantity at the End of Life