Genetic Technology: A Blessing or Curse?

Osgoode Health Law Association: Perspectives in Health   Completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 ushered in a new era of genetic technology that offered significant promise of scientific advancement in the areas of medicine, life sciences and biotechnology. However, along with the potential for benefits also came serious concerns about the improper retrieval, …

Osgoode Health Law Association: Perspectives in Health

A Lawyer’s Contribution to Scientific Research: The Link Between Universal Human Rights and Studying Healthcare   Healthcare in Canada is a public concern, governed by acts, statutes, and regulations. Canadians value healthcare as a fundamental human right, as reflected by the sentiments of the Canadian Health Act (CHA) with the promise of facilitating reasonable access …

Perspectives in Health: Canada’s National Access to Necessary Medicines Strategy

Has there been any progress with Pharmacare?   In 1964, the Royal Commission on Health Services, or “Hall Commission,” named after Supreme Court Justice Emmett Hall, produced recommendations for a universal, public Pharmacare program for Canada, following Canada’s introduction of Medicare. Justice Hall argued that access to necessary medicines should be introduced as an additional …

Perspectives in Health: The Devil Called Depression

A Topic of Access to Justice for the Mentally Ill   What makes a mental illness? While the phrase is bounced around quite often, defining the boundaries and understanding the diversity of psychiatric disorders is a very challenging task. Part of this can be attributed to the dynamic nature of psychiatric discovery. While the volume …