Author Archives: impact ethics

Moral and Intellectual Gymnastics in Defense of Canada’s Out-of-Control MAiD Regime

Daryl Pullman examines a recent article that defends expanded eligibility for medical assistance in dying on questionable grounds of autonomy and harm reduction.

In a Nutshell: The Special Joint Committee on MAiD Tackles Disability

Eric Mathison summarizes the final report of the federal Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) as it relates to disability.

Independence, Influence & Power: Canada’s Failed Medicine Pricing Reforms

Matthew Herder presents his opening statement to the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Health on May 2, 2023. In February, Herder resigned from the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB).

COVID-19 Vaccines: Did Research Exclusion Affect Informed Consent?

Thomas Milovac looks back at the groups initially excluded from COVID-19 vaccine research, such as pregnant and breast-feeding women, and considers whether their exclusion prevented members of these groups from being able to provide informed consent to vaccination.

Whose Responsibility Are Ethical Issues in Phase 1 Research?

Dessislava Fessenko reveals that ethical concerns surrounding the participation of healthy volunteers in Phase 1 clinical trials have deep roots in broader social conditions, which require social policy responses.