Right-to-die ruling: Win for families, loss for common decency
The Supreme Court of Canada’s 5-2 decision in Rasouli is a clear victory for the family. Sadly, it is a loss for common sense and common humanity. It is also a blow against physician integrity and potentially damaging to the Canadian health-care system.
The First Loser
Sport culture inevitably reflects and reinforces the values of the larger society in which sport is embedded. In sport, as in society, the unscrupulous competitor wins the race, gets the gold, gets the endorsements and gets the girl (or boy, depending on sex or sexual preference). The values of our corporate socio-economic system are almost perfectly mirrored in and mutually reinforced by the values of corporate sport.
Whose Bread You Eat, His Song You Sing
The sad fact is that virtually all of modern medicine floats on a sea of drug company money. So when your doctor pulls out her prescription pad, chances are high that the doctor’s decision to prescribe a particular medication will have been influenced by industry-sponsored clinical trials, published in industry-funded medical journals and extolled at industry-funded continuing medical education events.
Who’re Ya Gonna Call? Not the Corporate University
You’re wondering about the safety of genetically modified food, or its harmful environmental impact; you’re confused about whether to continue taking Vioxx for severe arthritic pain; you’re mystified by the apparent scientific controversy concerning climate change; you’re apprehensive about the cloning of Dolly the sheep and wonder whether catastrophe beckons when this new technology is used to create a clonal human being.