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

Rapprochement: The Sensible Approach to Scientific and Medical Misinformation

The COVID-19 crisis has created a large divide amongst communities, particularly within the scientific and medical ones. Dr Hardie and Ms Yamada explain that one resolution to this problem may be through coming together of all members of the scientific and medical communities to reassess the validity of the information on which to base policy and treatment plans.

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Punished for Doing the Right Thing?

The College of Physicians and surgeons of Ontario recently released their deliberations on a motion hearing by three Ontario physicians. The three medical doctors have had their licenses suspended for acting outside the recommendations of their regulatory college thus providing individualized care to their patients.

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Interview with Dr. Patrick Provost

Dr. Patrick Provost is a faculty member of Laval University. He shares his experiences with being suspended from his university for publicly challenging the consensus regarding COVID-19 genetic vaccines, particularly for children.

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