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The Ethicist: Moral Superiority at the Gym

May 16, 2018 at 11:50 am

One of the most interesting features of philosophy is that it forces practitioners to notice the extraordinary in the ordinary. Part of its charm lies in its power to make what we might be tempted to take for granted look strange and intriguing. For the philosopher, everything and anything isRead More

Informing the Healthcare Debate…or Not

Informing the Healthcare Debate…or Not

May 2, 2018 at 11:23 am

A story on the front page of this Saturday’s Cape Breton Post caught my eye — and apparently caught somebody else’s eye too: While I sympathize with anyone suffering from the kind of pain Greg Sharpe describes, I had a very different response to this article than did our mayor/PCRead More

Chickens and Ticks and Lyme Disease and…Super Models?

Chickens and Ticks and Lyme Disease and…Super Models?

April 25, 2018 at 11:36 am

A recent conversation with a relative set me to researching chickens and ticks and what a long, strange trip it’s been. The conversation was about the efficacy of chickens in controlling tick populations. It struck a chord with me because I’ve been thinking of the advantages of backyard chickens latelyRead More

The Ethicist: Taking Cartesian Dualism Too Far?

The Ethicist: Taking Cartesian Dualism Too Far?

March 14, 2018 at 9:36 am

Last month, I discussed Descartes’ thought experiment and its sharp separation between mind and body. This month, I want to look at a bizarre and ethically troubling proposal that arises as a consequence of this way of understanding ourselves: the head transplant operation that Italian physician Dr. Sergio Canavero claims thatRead More

Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot Shows Promise

Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot Shows Promise

February 28, 2018 at 12:34 pm

Perhaps one of Charles Dickens’ most famous lines was Oliver Twist’s “Please sir, I want some more.” First published in monthly installments from February 1837 to April 1839, Oliver Twist was pretty much an attack on Britain’s Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834. As G.K. Chesterton wrote in an introductionRead More

Ideas You Didn’t Know You Had: Who Are You?

Ideas You Didn’t Know You Had: Who Are You?

February 14, 2018 at 12:06 pm

There is a common type of case study presented in many bioethics textbooks. It concerns a person (usually a woman, for some reason) who is suffering from somewhat advanced dementia. She is often described as having been someone who was highly intelligent, who had a professional career in which sheRead More

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Dying with Dignity in Cape Breton

January 24, 2018 at 1:04 pm

The last thing Weldon Bona wanted was for his very private decision to have an assisted death to become a news story, but that’s exactly what happened last week. Bona had done everything asked of him when he chose to take this step, having been diagnosed with a disease thatRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 3, 2017 at 11:15 am

We are a…province? Organizers of the Father Greg MacLeod lecture series promised the talks would explore “radical,” “daring” and “out-of-the-box” ideas and I have to say Senator Dan Christmas, who gave the inaugural lecture last night, delivered. His daring idea? Cape Breton should be a province. Oh, I know, IRead More

NS Health Coalition Says ‘Stagnant’ Healthcare Spending ‘Unconscionable’

NS Health Coalition Says ‘Stagnant’ Healthcare Spending ‘Unconscionable’

September 27, 2017 at 11:54 am

If there was one issue that dominated the 2017 provincial election in Cape Breton, it was healthcare. And it’s not like there was any one healthcare issue that stood out — poke the system just about anywhere and you’ll hit a sore spot, whether it’s lack of access to primaryRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 22, 2017 at 11:09 am

CBRM endorses UN Bomb ban I was hard on the CBRM for proclaiming Right to Know Week (for what I think are pretty obvious reasons), but there was another proclamation made during last Tuesday’s council meeting that made me quite proud of our little municipality. According to Cape Breton University (CBU)Read More