Technology and Spying

The Issue: To more effectively fight a pandemic, enormous benefits can be realized from drawing upon the integrated use of “big data”– immigration records, cell phone locational tracking data, health status records, drone technology using facial recognition software, and credit card data. Effective advances in disease control however must be weighed against personal privacy and

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Rationing: Who Gets Care

The Issue Who should receive priority attention when they are suspected of falling victim to COVID-19? There are serious consequences to the difficult but realistic situation where choices must be made to determine who can be treated and who cannot. These consequences of making such individual treat-do not treat decisions often includes guilt, harm and

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Planning for a Workplace New Deal

The Issue: The current seemingly inexorable spread of the COVID-19 virus will have an enormous impact on workers. Entire sectors of the economy are being shuttered—dine-in restaurants, movie theatres, event halls, airlines, day cares, libraries and schools. Plant and office workers are being asked,

University Authority: A Tale of Two Generations

The Issue: A generation ago, at the time of the Vietnam War, I was a student government activist on a major Canadian university campus. I was acutely aware of patrician-trained university presidents who in the face of serious social upheaval were intent on assuming their authority over a campus in turmoil. They invoked a doctrine

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Public Shame, Hoarding and Panic Buying

At a time of great stress, up to and including the prospect of fatal loss of life for thousands to an inexorably growing pandemic, we see acts of panic, desperation as well as courage. Many of us are still able to put aside personal concerns to focus on doing acts of simple kindness and compassion for others.

Cure vs. Care: Flattening the Curve

One of the tactics emerging from global health scientists and national health care spokespersons is the importance of prophylactically addressing the virus pandemic. They speak of suppressing the rate of new infections – that is, control or fighting, rather than curing it—for two reasons: