Rachel Haliburton

The Ethicist: Transparency (Part II)

The Ethicist: Transparency (Part II)

February 8, 2017 at 1:35 pm

I have been a member of a number of ethics committees in local health care organizations for a number of years. Entering an ethics meeting at one of these institutions shortly after Christmas, I was surprised to see boxes of chocolates all over the staff room. When I asked whetherRead More

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The Ethicist: Transparency (Part I)

January 25, 2017 at 2:45 pm

Here we are in 2017, and all around us we see signs of turmoil, angst and politicians running afoul of basic ethical principles! I was going to write about Justin Trudeau’s marvelous tropical Christmas vacation, but I have decided to tackle that topic next month instead, since I think thatRead More

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The Ethicist: This Looks Like a Job for Socrates!

December 14, 2016 at 4:04 pm

I still remember my first encounter with the marvelous thing known as “the internet.” In the dark and murky past, when few of us owned computers and aImost no one could go on-line at home, we could go to the local mall, and find a store that allowed customers toRead More

The Ethicist: Taxpayers or Citizens?

The Ethicist: Taxpayers or Citizens?

November 2, 2016 at 7:44 am

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the spaces we move through as our days pass and our lives unfold. While we are all familiar with the concept of physical space—the space we navigate as we drive to work, or wheel our shopping carts through Sobey’s—philosophers also draw attention toRead More

The Ethicist: Public versus Private

The Ethicist: Public versus Private

October 12, 2016 at 7:40 am

Why do we allow our politicians and public servants to get away with elevated rhetoric that is not reflected in their actions? (Full disclosure: as a professor, I work in the public sector.) Why, when they are caught in an expense scandal or ignore their own promises, do we letRead More