Breath of Life and Ethics of Care: asking difficult questions about agency in the context of lives at risk

When faced with parents who refuse a potentially life-saving treatment for their child on the basis of their cultural beliefs, the ethical dilemma that this presents can be complex and hard to resolve. Considering the child’s limited capacity to consent and for self-determination, how does one determine whether the rights of the parents to their […]

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Reflections of a social work intern

During my first year studying social work at McGill in Montreal, I interned at the Tyndale St. Georges Community Center which serves the Little Burgundy community. I worked in the Children, Youth and Families department, was involved in after-school programming and coordinated a ‘boys group’. Many of the frontline staff consider themselves advocates for clients […]

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Performing healing and resilience: on violence, story and the freedom to be

I believe that violence leaves people in a state where they are struggling to not only rationalize their experience but to also convey the unspeakable or what is beyond words or comprehension. Prior to attending Martin Moran’s performance – The Tricky Part: One Boy’s Fall from Trespass into Grace – I was curious about how and […]

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Institutionalized Fear of ‘The Other’ and the Modern Detainment Camp

One of the interpretations of the 1948 UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights is that it is a collective response by humanity to the tremendous suffering and dehumanizing indignities experienced during the Second World War. With the delineation of 30 universal human rights the United Nations aims to facilitate peace, justice and equality within and […]

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