Fall Conference 2020

The annual CCE Ethics Conference is changing formats. This year we will hold a series of lectures/panel discussion over three consecutive Thursdays in November. Our goal is to provide an opportunity to reflect on the ethical issues raised during the pandemic in a format that is mindful of both Zoom fatigue and the constraints on everyone’s time. The series is free and more information about the conference theme, speakers, and the webinar links are listed below. We hope to see you at one or all of the seminars in the series!

Our theme this year is Confronting injustice: exploring ethical issues raised during COVID-19.

The Canadian experience of the COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for everyone. The pandemic has made gaps in our social and health care systems deeper and more visible. People who are elderly, racialized, disabled, under-housed, low income, or otherwise marginalized have been — and continue to be — disproportionately exposed to COVID-19 and affected by public health measures.

This series seeks to answer questions such as:

  • What are the lessons we have learned about gaps in social supports or about justice in decision-making during a pandemic?
  • How can these learnings help us reduce the impact of the pandemic on staff, patients/residents/clients, and families in the future?
  • How can we ensure pandemic response and social systems are more equitable going forward (in this wave, future recovery or further waves)?

Series Dates:

Thursday November 19th (12-1:30pm): Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on racialized communities 


  • Roberta Timothy PhD, Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Liben Gebremikael MA, Executive Director, TAIBU Community Health Centre
  • Melissa Stevenson RN, BScN, Waashkeshuyaan Unit Coordinator, Anishnawbe Health Toronto

Thursday November 26th (12-1:30pm): Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people who use substances 


  • Edna Simmons, Trauma Counsellor Advocate
  • Dan Werb PhD, Research Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital

Thursday December 3rd (12-1:00pm): Ethical issues in the COVID-19 pandemic:  local and global perspectives.  Are lessons ever learned?  

Ross Upshur MD,  Professor and Head, Division of Clinical Public Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Assistant Director of the Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health System.

If you have any questions please contact:  Lynda Sullivan, Centre for Clinical Ethics         Telephone: (416) 530-6750      E-mail: Lynda.Sullivan@unityhealth.to

Speaker’s Biographies

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