Ethics

The Ethics of Ebola Treatment: Who Gets What and Why?

Johanu Botha | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Living
Johanu Botha

Disaster management is the preparation for, mitigation of, response to, and recovery from adverse events that transcend 'regular' emergencies while political philosophy asks the 'big' questions about power in society -- who gets what, and why? And when a fatal disease without a known cure moves rapidly from human to human it's not just about food supplies and First Aid Kits -- the question of who gets what, and why, becomes central.

Do Evil People Know That They're Evil?

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 09.23.2014 | Canada Living
Rabbi Ben Hecht

The fact is that for such a 'religious' person, what they determine to be ethical comes from a system that may be totally independent from other systems. This can make dialogue effectively impossible for there is no point of connection. What these people accept as right or wrong is solely what the 'deity' in which they believe defines as right or wrong.

The Problem With Deeming Someone "Evil"

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada
Rabbi Ben Hecht

In so many cases, throughout the world, we are fighting enemies that are acting in ways that we find to be totally reflective of evil. The further problem, though, is that these groups actually believe themselves, in their behaviour, to be the virtues of good.

When Back-to-School Shopping for Your Kids, Consider the Kids Who Made Those Supplies

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Every August, I write a blog directed at readers doing back-to-school shopping for their kids. I remind them that while the sales are great at this time of year, there's a story behind every price tag. I urge moms and dads to consider the global economy that keeps Western prices low by paying child garment workers in poor countries next to nothing.

The Most Dangerous Client a Lawyer Could Have? Rob Ford and Legal Ethics

Adam Dodek | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada
Adam Dodek

At various times, Rob Ford has revealed an alarming capacity for lack of candour and an inability to listen to the advice of those closest to him. There is no indication that these sorts of behaviours would be any different with a lawyer. I would not take Mayor Ford on as a client. But then again, he is unlikely to ask me.

The Art of Enjoying Life

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada
Tamara Griffiths

In Hinduism, appreciation of life is viewed as an art one learns through maturity of thought and experience. In contrast, in western countries there i...

Political Corruption Affects Real People

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Akaash Maharaj

Every year, political corruption kills as many as 140,000 children worldwide, by depriving them of medical care, food, and water. Yet, far too often, the perpetrators of the most outrageous acts of corruption are able to use their illicit wealth and power to pervert the very laws and institutions that should call them to account.

The Issue of Consent in Human Research

Marion Roche | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

While the understanding of individual rights merges well with the idea behind consent for human research, this can become very complicated when doing research in countries where vulnerable populations may not be as well informed of their rights as we are in Canada.

How To Ensure the Senate Scandal Mess Doesn't Happen Again

Duff Conacher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Duff Conacher

A fair compromise concerning pay for suspended senators and other politicians would be to establish a rule that if a politician is found guilty of the alleged violation, they would be required to return any pay received after the allegation was first made.

Have You Written Your Ethical Will?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Diane Weber Bederman

What we leave behind will be our legacy; how we want to be remembered at the holiday table when family gets together to reminisce. How do you want to be remembered? I've yet to speak to anyone nearing death regretting not spending more time at work. Regret is always for the hours away from family and friends.

What to do with Orphan Embryos

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

"Did you get all the answers right on your test today?" "Did you make any progress on your research project?" These are the typical questions we ask...

How to Know You're Right While Thinking You Could Be Wrong

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 09.10.2013 | Canada
Rabbi Ben Hecht

The fact is that life does not give us the luxury of avoiding decisions; it does not allow us to simply get by without ever taking a stand. In being called upon to act -- with actions, by definition, being black-and-white -- we are called upon to inherently make clear-cut decisions. You do, or you do not. There is no middle possibility of acting and not-acting at the same time. In action, a definite choice must be made.

Not Just Parliament with Ethics Issues, Watch Your Lawyer

Tim Paziuk | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada Business
Tim Paziuk

Canadian news is mired in ethical debates these days, from questions over government officials' rising salaries, to charity speaking fees, travel expe...

Trudeau Raises the Bar for Democracy and Transparency

Ralph Goodale | Posted 08.17.2013 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

From the beginning of his leadership campaign, that has been Justin Trudeau's strength -- giving Canadians good reasons to vote FOR him, not just AGAINST the other guy. In that constructive spirit, he has also developed an aggressive agenda for Parliamentary, electoral and political reform to strengthen Canadian democracy and improve financial transparency.

Why Should Terrorists Obey Our Criminal Code?

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 08.02.2013 | Canada
Rabbi Ben Hecht

When you first heard about the statement of Chiheb Esseghaier -- one of the men charged with plotting a terror attack against a Via Rail train -- that he did not recognize the authority of the Criminal Code because "it is not holy book", how did you respond? The fact is that in a broad, general way, it is not enough for us to see the Criminal Code as morally binding because it is the law of the land. We must go beyond that assertion. We must understand it to be -- again, in a broad and general manner -- the law of the land because it reflects a greater, moral standard that is incumbent upon all humanity.

Does Following a Methodology Make You Religious?

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada
Rabbi Ben Hecht

There is an interesting disconnect in our world today regarding religion. Being an adherent to a certain religion is simply seen, to most people, as a description of the way by which this individual achieves spirituality. This is not, however, the way that religions -- even more so, traditional religious systems -- actually view themselves.

What's the Difference Between a Bystander and a Bully?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada Living
Diane Weber Bederman

Our country prides itself on being a multicultural society -- no moral absolutes for us. Unfortunately, we threw out the most important moral absolute bequeathed to us. The absolute we learned from the answer to the question, "Am I my brother's keeper?" And the answer is "Yes!"

Humanists Are Not Your Average Atheists

Doug Thomas | Posted 03.21.2013 | Canada
Doug Thomas

Some people think that "humanist" is just the new word for "atheist." It is a definable group with definable ethics and philosophies. Humanism is a philosophy that may be atheist based, but the word Humanist does not replace the term atheist.

The Real Biggest Losers? The Show's Audience

Yoni Freedhoff M.D. | Posted 03.16.2013 | Canada Living
Yoni Freedhoff M.D.

While I personally find The Biggest Loser to be an emotionally and physically abusive, misinformative, horror show, it's clearly beloved and trusted by many. And while my personal opinions shouldn't concern you, the peer-reviewed medical literature should. Along with being taught that obesity is treatable by means of incredible amounts of vomit-inducing exercise, severe dietary restriction, and never-ending servings of guilt and shame, the medical literature suggests viewers will also be taught that failure is an obese child's personal choice.

Is Mayor Rob Ford Character Challenged?

Trevor Wilson | Posted 02.18.2013 | Canada Politics
Trevor Wilson

The most recent adventures with our not-so-tiny, not-so-perfect Mayor in Toronto has got me thinking about those ancient but elusive leadership qualit...

Happy Royal News Turns Into Macabre State Of Affairs

Shachi Kurl | Posted 02.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Shachi Kurl

What a mess. It was inevitable that Kate's pregnancy would have given birth to breathless media coverage and celebration whenever it was divulged. It should have been happy, frothy, celebrity news. Instead, a woman going through a very rough, early pregnancy goes to hospital and the whole world knows about it. A nurse, fooled by broadcasters, mistakenly transfers a call that should have been hung up on, and is found dead days later. It is a sad, macabre state of affairs.

When U.S. Weapons are Autonomous, Who is Responsible?

Heather Roff | Posted 11.27.2012 | Canada
Heather Roff

The U.S. Department of Defense wants to enlarge the U.S. military's reliance on autonomous (i.e. self-directed) weapons in conflict. But a mission is not a person, it is a thing, and things cannot be held morally responsible. It is like saying that you want to hold your car responsible for breaking down on the way to work. You wouldn't say that your car "wronged" you, and you wouldn't seek to punish your car. Such a position on the ethics of autonomous systems reduces any questions of morality or responsibility.

No Foreign Investments Can Tarnish Our Ethical Oil

Jamie Ellerton | Posted 11.10.2012 | Canada Business
Jamie Ellerton

In the same week that China's National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) applied for federal approval for its takeover of Canadian oil company, Nexen, Kuwait's state-owned company was reported to have signed a deal with Canada's Athabasca Oil Corp. That's two countries, known for poor ethics, buying a piece of the Canadian oil patch. And yet, our oil remains as ethical as ever.

Should Your Donor Offspring Know Its Biological Parents?

Erica Berman | Posted 10.01.2012 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

As barriers to adoption increase, egg donation is becoming a more popular option for couples who are unable to use their own eggs. Because it is illegal to pay for eggs in Canada, it is often difficult for a woman to find a donor, so they head to the U.S. Many of the egg banks do not yet offer open ID donor programs and this causes a bit of an ethical dilemma. Should these individuals, desperate for a child, and without other options, not proceed with what is often the most accessible and affordable means of getting a donated egg because their hypothetical child may want to know the identity of his or her biological mother?

Ten Things To Know About Non-Profits

Josh Bowman | Posted 04.03.2012 | Canada Business
Josh Bowman

A non-profit executive's salary should be at least somewhat commensurate to a similar position in the private sector, all things being equal, in order to attract talent and ultimately benefit the organization. At the same time, there are also reasonable limits, beyond which a salary becomes outrageous given the organization's need.