The Dangers of Policy

Last week I had the privilege to attend the Canadian Bioethics' Society yearly conference, and present my work on poetry and microethics. During the week, I made some great connections with fellow bioethicists, healthcare practitioners, and patients. Many challenges with how healthcare is currently practiced were raised and discussed, and I'm sure more than a… Continue reading The Dangers of Policy

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A Speech Against Doug Ford

Today, I attended the Ontario General Strike Protest against Doug Ford's government. Unfortunately, I was unable to get a video, but this isĀ  a transcript of the speech I gave:   I am here because I want us to think today, about what the purpose of government is, about why we want to be governed.… Continue reading A Speech Against Doug Ford

Ethics of Being a Good Employer

As an Ontarian, I have resigned myself to three more years of utter shame and disappointment in my government. I have resigned myself to terrible slogans, abhorrent commentary, and a total lack of compassion for the average person. I have not resigned myself to not being able to do anything about it. So, Ford wants… Continue reading Ethics of Being a Good Employer

How to Promote Autonomy

In the past, I've discussed a number of issues related to paternalism, autonomy, and end-of-life decision making. These are all challenging subjects, where determinations need to be made by individuals and their families, as well as by governments about what sorts of decisions should be made available to people, and what decisions individuals can make… Continue reading How to Promote Autonomy

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

The Murky Waters of Patient-hood

Normally I write about healthcare ethics, and ethics more broadly from an outsider perspective. I write about philosophical theories, and hypotheticals, and news articles, and not about myself. This is because I'm highly privileged (white, moderately well-off despite the student thing, some minor problems with anxiety and panic attacks but no flare ups in a… Continue reading The Murky Waters of Patient-hood

Cute Enough for a Kidney?

One of the (many) major disruptions that social media has brought to our modern world is the ability of ordinary persons to reach out to large groups of people for support. Sometimes, this support looks like a ko-fi or a patreon page. Sometimes it looks like a kickstarter for a new business idea or a… Continue reading Cute Enough for a Kidney?

Redefining the Purpose of Medicine

Medicine is a multi-faceted and complex field, made even more complex by political and social realities which influence our health and our access to healthcare. Usually, when we think of medicine we think about it straightforwardly, however. We think about going to the doctor or hospital, being prescribed some medicine or undergoing some treatment or… Continue reading Redefining the Purpose of Medicine

A Primer on Microethics

A few weeks ago, I gave you all a crash course in the first (and what is considered to be the most basic) form of bioethics: principalism. We talked about some various reasons why principalism might not go far enough with the principles it chooses to include, and we posited some additional principles that might… Continue reading A Primer on Microethics

New Principles for Bioethics

The more I study ethics, the more I think that the fundamental problem is simply this: How to get people to care about others. But in the lack of an answer to that question (and I don't have one, let me know if you do), we rely on theories and principles so that individuals who… Continue reading New Principles for Bioethics