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LEX-ATLAS: COVID-19

CHLPE's Colleen M. Flood and Bryan Thomas are public health sub-editors for Lex-Atlas: COVID-19 (LAC19). With nearly 200 jurists participating, this large-scale international project builds a report and analysis of national legal responses to COVID-19 around the world. National responses have varied considerably. Epidemiological performance is but one measure, and a difficult one to judge when transparency is doubtful. Countries have employed emergency powers differently, but understanding them requires attention to the broader constitutional structure in which they are situated. It is hoped LAC19 will assist policy makers in future pandemic preparedness, to fashion ongoing responses to COVID-19, and to assist scholars and historians to come to evaluative judgments of state responses. The project is also a great source for original news and analysis articles, blog posts, and more.

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Read Editorial (part I): Mandatory vaccination and the law (Bryan Thomas, co-author) >

Read Editorial (part II): Conditional policies and vaccine passports (Bryan Thomas, co-author) >

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2022-04-08
WORK-STUDY STUDENT – ASSISTANT COORDINATOR

We’re hiring an Assistant Coordinator. In this role, you’ll support existing projects and will get an opportunity to provide meaningful contributions to our activities, such as our Summer Institute in Health Law and AI, and our conference on Borders, Boundaries and Pandemics.

This position is only available to University of Ottawa students through the work-study program. Seeking excellent writing skills and attention to detail. Full bilingualism would be a significant asset.

For more information and to apply, please log into the Work-Study Navigator and look for job 823.

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2022-03-22
MACHINE M.D. – 2022 SUMMER INSTITUTE

Do you want to develop deeper knowledge in health law, policy and ethics to supplement your career or studies? Our Summer Institute is a one-week online program for professionals and university students. No prior experience or legal training is required. In 2022 our focus will be on law and health-related artificial intelligence. The Machine M.D. Summer Institute is slated for May 23–27. Enrolment will be limited—if you think this might be for you, you can sign up here to receive notification when the application portal opens:

https://www.ottawahealthlaw.ca/institute

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2022-03-22
THE NUMBER YOU HAVE CALLED IS NOT IN SERVICE

In recent years, some people with visual impairments have regained some degree of sight with the help of “bionic eyes”. But now the company behind the implants has stopped supporting the technology. Hear how that’s left some people in the dark, from Eliza Strickland, Senior Editor at the tech publication IEEE Spectrum, and CHLPE’s Professor Jennifer Chandler. On CBC's The Current:
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See also Their Bionic Eyes Are Now Obsolete and Unsupported, in IEEE Spectrum>

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2022-03-22
EXPLORING THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON ABORTION CARE IN CANADA

Raywat Deonandan is co-investigator on a new grant-funded project led by Angel Foster: Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 on Abortion Care in Canada: A Mixed-Methods Study Dedicated to Service Delivery and Utilization. The project is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) over a two-year period. You can see Angel Foster along with Melissa Upreti, Joanna Erdman, and CHLPE's Daphne Gilbert in last week's webinar, Rights to Abortion: 2022 and Beyond.
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2022-03-22
OPINION: PRIVACY OUTRAGE OVER THE USE OF CELLPHONE DATA BY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS IS UNWARRANTE

Recent outrage by some members of Parliament about an alleged secret collection of Canadians’ data by the Public Health Agency of Canada illustrates how misguided many are about the various kinds of personal data – and how they should and should not be used. Michael Wolfson writes in the Globe & Mail...
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See also Canadians’ health data are in a shambles…
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2021-12-06
THE CANADA HEALTH ACT IS FAILING PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association one in five Canadians is currently living with mental illness. By age 40, half of Canadians have suffered—or are suffering—some form of it. Between 2009 and 2019, there was a 60% increase in emergency department room visits and hospitalizations among adolescents. Only one in five young Canadians gets the treatment needed. The Mental Health Commission of Canada estimates that mental health problems and illnesses cost Canada about $50 billion per year. We can and must do better. Yasmin Khaliq writes in the Ottawa Citizen...

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