Ethics Lens

New Series: Ethics Lens


The pandemic has been a challenge for each one of us in many ways, not the least of which revolves around the question: what behaviour is expected of individuals, as part of a collective, when facing a crisis?

Reflecting upon our actions with respect to their impact on others is the essence of ethics, and is an absolute necessity if we hope to live in a civilized society. How well has this been done during the pandemic? Have we focused sufficiently on the ethics of our various policies, recommendations or mandates? What can we learn about ourselves and our values going forward?

Our series ‘Healing the Heart of Medicine: Trusting Our Moral Compass’ attempts to explore those questions, because the process of doing so, and the insights gained, have far-reaching implications for each of us individually, and for our society as a whole, both now and in the years ahead. Thank you for joining us!


The CCCA Ethics and Law Committee

Ethics Lens Articles

Ethics Lens – Article #2 Medical Mandates

In the event of a medical crisis affecting the health of the population at large, can our moral compass help us to answer this question: To what degree can a government supersede individual human rights, like bodily autonomy, and mandate an individual to accept an intervention to improve the health of that individual or their society?

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What's New in Ethics and Legal

And Now Human “Resurrection” Through AI is Possible

Technology has crept into human life in a variety of ways.  Artificial Intelligence is now being used to create avatars of the deceased to ease the mourning process for their loved ones.  This essay is the second of a series examining how far this intrusion has gone and raises many ethical concerns of these ghostbots and grief-tech.

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Review of Order Paper Question 2265

Dr. Steven Pelech, Co-Chair of the CCCA’s Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee (SMAC) was asked to review the Public Health Agency of Canada response to Order Paper Question (OPQ) 2265 submitted by the Hon. Colin Carrie, the MP for Oshawa. 

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