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Human Rights

What does it mean to ''Immorally Use a Canadian-Made Military Vehicle in Saudi Arabia?''

August 10, 2017

The is much value in thinking about what "using a vehicle" means since how this term is defined will determine much of the ethics of the whole problem regarding our selling arms to Saudi Arabia. But the issue is broader than the current issue with Saudi Arabia. It goes to the heart of what it means for Canada to sell arms to countries with poor human rights records.



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Moral Transgression and Anti-Intellectualism: the Trudeau Government’s Abandonment of Voter Reform

February 03, 2017

“Moral transgression” is an accurate term for the Trudeau government’s abandonment of voter reform. I try to make the case. I offer some reflections on the political issues briefly afterwards.



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An Academic Issue is the First Instance of Trump Being Blocked

January 16, 2017

The first issue to seriously get in Trump's way is an academic issue? Seriously?



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Kevin O'Leary -- The Canadian Donald Trump? Let's Take This Possibility Very Seriously.

December 06, 2016

Canadians probably believe that Donald Trump's success could not be duplicated here. In fact, it might just be that we will have an opportunity to test that belief since Kevin O'Leary is contemplating a bid for the federal Conservative Party leadership.



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Upcoming Conference: Building Hospitable Communities for Aging

September 21, 2016

The international interdisciplinary conference Building Hospitable Communities for Aging: Challenges and Opportunities will take place at Saint Paul University from September 28 to 30, 2016. Matt provides a brief outline of the reasons for the conference, the topics it will cover, and the long process of community involvement which went into its planning.



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Is Surfing and Texting During a Lecture Acceptable? No....but why not?

September 05, 2016

Is it acceptable to use a laptop and/or cell phone during a lecture to look up extra information? Is it acceptable to use a laptop and/or cell phone during a lecture to surf or look at Facebook? I say no in all cases. Laptops are for notes and cell phones should be used at breaks.



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Does Voter Reform Require a Referendum? That Depends on what "Voter Reform" Means.

August 09, 2016

To see whether or not voter reform requires a referendum, it is necessary to clarify what "voter reform" means since there are a number of possibilities. This article provides an answer as to when a referendum is needed and when it is not.



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Ethics: Is it just for the Nervous?

July 14, 2016

Ethical problems are by nature incompleteness problems. They are not solved, but only partially tackled and examined. Being truly ethical means never being completely comfortable with one's beliefs.



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Equal Under the Law? "Elbowgate" Trivializes Something Important

May 21, 2016

There has been a confused discussion around recent events in the House of Commons. The main point is that we, as citizens, bypass the partisan views of these events and concentrate solely on the truly important aspect of it: is equality before the law being maintained?



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An open letter to Governor Pat McCrory

April 07, 2016

An open letter to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory concerning the signing of House Bill 2 into law.



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Ethics and Arms: The Strange Saga of the Saudi Arms Deal

March 31, 2016

This is a discussion of the contrast between respecting human rights and prioritizing economic interests.



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