Ethics

We've Heard Ezra Levant's Pipeline Rhetoric Before – From Trump

Gerard Montpetit | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Gerard Montpetit

Ezra Levant is angry with the NO delivered to Energy East from the 82 mayors of Montreal's Urban Community to TransCanada Pipelines last January, and is accusing Mayor Coderre of favouring "Shariah" petroleum by saying NO to the "ethical" petroleum of Canada. But there is an important major flaw in Mr. Levant's argument.

We Need To Be Able To Question Our Own Opinions

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Living
Rabbi Ben Hecht

Is it any wonder why evil individuals see themselves as doing good? Once they have an opinion, they can argue that it is even wrong to question such an opinion so they must be good. The fact is that such inflexibility can also lock someone into defending generally positive opinions in a dangerously rigid manner.

For The Federal NDP: Power Or Purpose, Which Is It?

Glen Pearson | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

The belief in a fairer and more just world, never fully prioritized by the other parties, has been the shining "city on a hill" for the NDP for decades and remains a stirring vision. It still sustains them as they move forward and Canadians still require their outlook. The question is: will it remain their principal and overriding passion or will their recent nearness to power have them seeking more power than purpose?

Nosey The Circus Elephant Back In The Lime Light

Sangita Iyer | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada
Sangita Iyer

The saga of Nosey the Circus Elephant is back in the limelight, with dissident voices getting louder. Despite nearly 200 animal welfare violations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recently renewed Hugo Liebel's license, so the ailing animal can be exploited for human entertainment, decries People for Ethical Treatment of Animals PETA.

As A Mom, I Think Trudeau's Nannies Make Him A Hypocrite

Lydia Lovric | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Parents
Lydia Lovric

As both a taxpayer and a stay-at-home mother, I am upset with the Trudeaus on so many levels. Not only is the Prime Minister clearly a hypocrite, but the fact that his wife (who seemingly does not hold a full-time job) requires not one, but two nannies is offensive no matter your political stripe.

How Would You Like To Die, Sir?

Camillo Zacchia, PhD | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Living
Camillo Zacchia, PhD

When I ask clients, friends and family how they would want to die, so far no one has chosen, "I'd like to die after lying in bed for two or three years, in a diaper, and barely aware of my surroundings." Yet isn't this scenario -- or a variant of it -- how a large percentage of us will die?

It's Time To Get Serious About Ad Blocking

Joseph Donia | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Business
Joseph Donia

The reason ad blocking has been met with so much fervor, is that it challenges the very basis upon which much of the internet is run and financed. The public accesses content for free, in exchange for seeing ads that produce income for the creators of such content. The ethical dilemma has been framed as the following: does the public have a right to both consume the content, and block ads?

Who Do Citizens Get To Lobby?

Gerard Montpetit | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada Politics
Gerard Montpetit

As a member of the minority of 99 per cent, I am dreaming that a high-ranking volunteer of the new government would give me advice on how to influence the newly-elected prime minister who will negotiate next December's Paris Conference and the necessary reduction of greenhouse gases.

Every day, I Discover a New Reason to Vote out Harper

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Carl Duivenvoorden

I am a reluctant activist. I don't like rocking the boat. But when our federal election was called in August, it occurred to me that the entries in my blog might be worth sharing. So I'm posting 78 of them to a Facebook page, 78 Days, 78 Reasons. It's my hope they'll help reasonable Canadians, particularly young people and small c-conservatives, see that we deserve better.

The End Does Not Justify the Means

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

We shouldn't encourage that thinking. We need to create a revolution of people who reward others for "doing the right thing". We need Canadian companies to be ethical, to be honest, and to want to do the right thing, because it is the right thing to do.

Surviving a Business Ethics Crisis

Mark Pastin | Posted 09.08.2015 | Canada Business
Mark Pastin

Many business crises -- whether it is the BP oil spill or the GM ignition switch -- escalate into ethics crises. What turns a business crisis into an ethics crisis is often an initial unwillingness to accept responsibility for the wrong actions. The public will judge this unwillingness to accept responsibility as a sign of poor ethics.

How Should a Board of Directors Oversee Ethics?

Richard Leblanc | Posted 08.27.2016 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

In all of my interviews with directors over the years, when I ask about a director's greatest regret the answer is consistently, "I should have spoken up when I had the chance." Chances are several of your colleagues are thinking the exact same thing.

Toronto's 2024 Olympic Bid Process Suffers from a 'Democracy Deficit'

Janice Forsyth | Posted 08.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Janice Forsyth

Discussions about the 2024 bid were supposed to take place soon after the conclusion of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games on August 15th. The Games have passed, the September 15th deadline is looming, and the trio of organizers -- Bob Richardson, Marcel Aubut, and Mayor John Tory -- have gone commando silent. They haven't offered a peep about procedures or timelines. We don't know with whom or how these discussions will take place. Why the secrecy? Where is the transparency and accountability in the Toronto 2024 bid process?

5 Tips for Choosing an Ethical Employer

Mark Pastin | Posted 08.14.2016 | Canada Business
Mark Pastin

One of the most important ethical decisions most of us make is who to work for. You may think that your choice of employer will not affect your ethics, but this is unrealistic. When you work for a company that engages in unethical conduct, it is hard to survive without participating in or at least condoning that conduct.

Why is Cecil Different From the Billions of Animals We Eat?

Pamela Tourigny | Posted 07.31.2016 | Canada Living
Pamela Tourigny

Cecil's death has caused an Internet uproar. It's almost all that I am seeing in my newsfeed. Most of it is unadulterated outrage directed at the perpetrator. The world (or North Americans, at least) are experiencing collective grief, horror, devastation and anger in a way that I haven't seen for some time.

A Strange Turn in the Road of Life

Lisa Abram | Posted 07.28.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Abram

There may be a point in our life when we approach the stop sign of mortality at the same intersection of humanity and friendship. As my husband and I ...

Medicine Hat Proves Idealism and Realism Can Walk Hand in Hand

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.19.2016 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

This year, Medicine Hat became the first city in Canada to effectively end homelessness. Almost 900 people in this small town of 61,000 have been placed in rent-free apartments or houses. And the benefits are clear: police calls and hospital emergency room visits are down. "You're going to end homelessness? Yeah ok, good one," he recalls thinking. But the society argued that the $20,000 per year cost of housing someone was as much as four times less than the expense of policing and health care when that person lived on the streets.

The Public Has a Right to Expect Integrity From Journalists

Wade Rowland | Posted 06.11.2016 | Canada Business
Wade Rowland

Integrity in this context means that what you see is what you get. In the immediate aftermath of Evan Solomon's dismissal by CBC, lots of people wanted to know why him, and not Amanda Lang or Peter Mansbridge? If there is an answer to this (and I'm not sure there is) then it lies in issues of transparency.

Make Data Your Friend by Using it Properly

Joseph Donia | Posted 06.11.2016 | Canada Business
Joseph Donia

Without careful attention to some of the ways data can be misused, we run the risk of acting on those insights with potentially damaging outcomes. Identifying mistakes individuals and organizations make when dealing with data is important not just to data analysts and decision makers, but to the public too.

The Medical Marijuana Industry Needs a Code of Ethics

Greg Engel | Posted 06.03.2016 | Canada Business
Greg Engel

Last year Canada garnered global headlines when it made an historic shift to a federally legal, commercial medical cannabis industry. In the rush to establish new companies, produce consistent supply of quality products, and develop relationships with physicians and patients, the industry has failed to clearly articulate a common code of ethics.

Integrity Is Good for Business and Boards

Richard Leblanc | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

Western industry will mistakenly argue that integrity laws will disadvantage them or cost their industry jobs, but the reality is the opposite. Tough integrity laws will prevent substandard competitors from offering bribes, will disincentivize recipients from receiving bribes, and will strengthen Western companies who compete on the basis of price, quality and service.

It's Time for a Big Data Code of Ethics

Joseph Donia | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Business
Joseph Donia

At present, there is no one governing body that oversees data usage by marketers and media platforms. There are codes of ethics put out by the Canadian and American Marketing Associations, as well as individual ethical codes drafted by marketing research associations among others, but who is accountable to them?

B.C. Clinical Trials Oversight Shows Need For Health Sheriffs

Dermod Travis | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Until Health Canada chooses to honour its commitment to the auditor general, the FDA and OHRP may be the only health sheriffs in town.

Don't Tie Graduate Salaries To Their School's Reputation

Murtaza Haider | Posted 02.13.2015 | Canada Business
Murtaza Haider

Discounting the school reputation because of the lower wages earned by its alumni makes no sense because wages usually reflect the local cost of living, which again is higher in large urban centers. Those who choose to work in small towns are unlikely to earn the high salaries that will make their schools shine in the MBA rankings.

Will MPs Empower Themselves and Restrict Their Powers?

Duff Conacher | Posted 02.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Duff Conacher

A committee of MPs is considering important and unprecedented changes that will either restrict the power of federal party leaders and empower MPs to represent voters, or not, and will also either make MPs much more accountable for their conduct, or not. What the committee decides will reveal a lot about the state of democracy in Canada.