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SANTÉSHIP APPLICATIONS OPEN

The application process for "Santéships" 2021–22 is now open! Santéships are opportunities for first-year students enrolled at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law to be mentored as a research assistant under a professor in the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics in the winter semester of 2022. Successful applicants receive a bursary of $1,000 and engage in a research project within the professor's broader research program (60 hours total).

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2021-11-11
JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE AND THE "CYBER PANDEMIC"

Digital technologies are briskly transforming how the law is administered. The eco-system in which courts operate has shifted sharply and precipitously during the pandemic, which dramatically hastened "judicial digitization" on a scale and at a pace that our court system would never have contemplated previously. This has culminated, for example, in court proceedings transpiring on Zoom, Teams and the like. This de facto marriage of convenience may in a word best be characterized as an unstructured partnership prematurely born out of necessity… Karen Eltis writes in the Federmann Cyber Security Research Centre's Cyberlaw Blogospace
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2021-11-11
VACCINE PASSPORTS/CERTIFICATES – LAW, ETHICS AND POLICY

When vaccine passports or certificates launched in Ontario it was a development welcomed by some and strongly opposed by others. The launch raised a myriad of legal, ethical, privacy, and policy issues as jurisdictions around the world grapple with the continued global pandemic and the unusual requirements of demonstrating vaccination in order to enter some public or private spaces. On September 27 CHLPE's Colleen Flood, Bryan Thomas, and Kumanan Wilson were joined by Vivek Krishnamurthy, Director of uOttawa's Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), as well as Marie-Eve Sylvestre, Dean of Civil Law. Catch up on the full video of the webinar and discussion here.
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Also hear Colleen Flood on the Law Bytes Podcast, hosted by Professor Michael Geist.
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2021-11-11
HOW MUCH DOES SCIENCE INFORM CANADIAN COVID-19 POLICY? THAT DEPENDS.

CHLPE’s Patrick Fafard was interviewed by Markham Hislop on the role of Science Advisory Groups and scientific evidence and advice in general in how governments manage the pandemic.
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2021-11-11
A.I. IN CANADIAN HEALTHCARE: WILL THE LAW PROTECT US FROM BIAS?

AI in healthcare has the potential to improve clinical outcomes, healthcare quality, and objectivity in clinical decision-making. However, it also has the potential to perpetuate or exacerbate discrimination in healthcare by producing outputs on the basis of arbitrary traits such as race, sex, and sexual orientation taken in ways that are not clinically relevant. Such discrimination may arise from any combination of algorithmic bias (bias in coding or the machine learning implementation) or data bias (the use of non-representative training data, including data masking systemic discrimination). If these problems are not mitigated, the benefits of AI in healthcare AI are likely be realized at the expense of marginalized groups. This is a complex problem that requires concerted responses from government as well as private actors...
Bradley Henderson, Colleen M. Flood, and Teresa Scassa write in preprint, hosted on SSRN.

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Find out more about the Machine M.D. research project >

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2021-11-11
SPENDING MORE ON HEALTH CARE DOES NOT GUARANTEE BETTER HEALTH OUTCOMES

Canada’s federal election results had barely been counted when the Premiers resumed making their well-worn demands for more federal health care money. Instead of thanking Ottawa for the billions it has already provided for fighting COVID-19, or asking for short-term pandemic-related funding, the ritual chorus seeks ever-increasing amounts of money for decades to come. Granted, the need for more money certainly feels urgent right now. A number of provinces are having difficulty even staffing their hospitals, after almost two years of burnout-inducing working conditions for front-line health care workers. However, the premiers’ multibillion-dollar asks have been for unconditional long-term funding, well beyond the scope of the current crisis. It is entirely reasonable to ask them to explain how the money will be used—especially since spending more on health care does not automatically mean better health outcomes. CHLPE's Michael Wolfson writes.

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2021-10-20
PRIVATE HEALTH CARE, PUBLIC SOLUTION?

Ontario's health care system has been battered by COVID-19, medical staff have been pushed to their limits, and there's a massive backlog of diagnostic and surgical procedures built up due to shutdowns. Has the time come for private health care to help fill the gaps? CHLPE Director Colleen M. Flood appeared in a panel on TVO's The Agenda.

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Two Waves of Algorithmic Accountability for Mental Health Apps

w/ Frank Pasquale & Emmanuelle Bernheim. Addressing biases and other problems as “chatbot therapists”, clinical decision support software, and other computational addenda become more common in mental healthcare.

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Race and Triage Protocols

w/ Jennifer Herbst & Monnica Williams.

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Abortion Issues

A panel discussion of issues including recent changes to abortion laws in Texas and their implications for women.

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Ottawa-McGill Colloquium in Health Law, Policy and Ethics

With presentations across a wide variety of topics, the annual Colloquium is a great way to see snapshots across the whole field of health law, policy 
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