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When MAID Meets Organ Donation

When MAID Meets Organ Donation

September 9, 2020 at 4:17 pm

Last month, I wrote about the ethical issues generated by the euphemistic and imprecise term Medical Assistance In Dying (or MAID) and the way in which the change in the law which led to the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia had avid supporters (whom I have labelled “optimists”) andRead More

B0NNRP Syringe and a bottle of morphine

Assisted Suicide: A Slippery Slope?

August 19, 2020 at 2:49 pm

In 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada decriminalized the prohibition on assisted suicide, a decision which led to the legalization of assisted suicide (when an individual ends her own life with the help of another, usually a physician) and voluntary active euthanasia (when someone gives permission to another person –Read More

NS COVID-19 Timeline

NS COVID-19 Timeline

March 25, 2020 at 1:23 pm

I have learned that, time-consuming and deeply annoying as verifying the information can sometimes be, making a timeline is an excellent way to understand an event or series of events. In the case of the current coronavirus pandemic, though, events have been unspooling so quickly I needed a timeline justRead More

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Letter to the Editor: Protect Universal Healthcare

March 25, 2020 at 1:15 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the extent to which our individual health is dependent on the health of everyone in our community. Public healthcare is our best defense against this crisis and others like it. However, our ability to endure crises and care for each other has been erodedRead More

Missing Work?

Missing Work?

March 18, 2020 at 1:38 pm

So you have to stay home from work. What that will look like for you, financially, depends on a number of factors. As I write this, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has just announced a whopping $82 billion aid package — $27 billion in emergency aid and $55 billion inRead More

Photo of Dr. Margaret Fraser by Norma Jean MacPhee, CBC

Letter to the Editor: Something ‘Very, Very Wrong’ with CB Healthcare

January 8, 2020 at 12:45 pm

On December 23, amidst all the busyness leading up to Christmas Day, I was privileged to hear an outstanding interview broadcast on the national radio network of the CBC. The program was the public affairs daily The Current and the guest was the president of the Cape Breton Medical StaffRead More

Letter to the Editor: Healthcare Funding Fiasco

Letter to the Editor: Healthcare Funding Fiasco

March 20, 2019 at 10:15 am

Whether it is inadequate healthcare services or inadequate equalization funding, the provincial government is sending a not-so-camouflaged message that this part of the province is not in its future development plans. For this discussion, however, I will focus attention to the healthcare issue — as I see it. As ourRead More

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Rural Medical Scholars

January 30, 2019 at 11:55 am

The issue of healthcare on this island intimidates me so thoroughly that (as you have probably noticed) I largely avoid it. But recently I started thinking about what I could contribute to the debate and it occurred to me that if I approached reporting on the subject the way youRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 25, 2019 at 9:45 am

Deep Dives The banner across the top of this morning’s Cape Breton Post gave me pause, I’ll admit it: The SaltWire Deep Dives: Looking at the Doctor Shortage in Atlantic Canada. Today: Where are all the doctors? “Deep dives?” I thought. “That’s my thing.” I was nervous, but I hadRead More

The Ethicist: Five Reasons to Tax the Rich (#2)

The Ethicist: Five Reasons to Tax the Rich (#2)

November 21, 2018 at 1:04 pm

The Spectator’s Ethicist, Rachel Haliburton, provides convincing — and sometimes counter-intuitive — arguments as to why making the rich pay their fair share of taxes benefits us all.(Read Reason #1) In my last column, I began exploring some arguments that might be given in support of the claim that itRead More