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Decisions must stand ethical scrutiny over the long term

Gordon Self

April 29, 2013

I have spent a lot of free evenings and weekends lately on kitchen renovations. It is rewarding to use my hands to create something new.

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Speak up, tell loved ones what you want for end of life care

Gordon Self

March 25, 2013

One of my former English literature professors used to say that you can tell a society's hangups by its swear words. If this is true, I leave it to the readers' imagination to consider where our own societal discomforts may lie.

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In a wired world, personal privacy often in jeopardy

Gordon Self

February 25, 2013

A number of years ago my wife and I and our youngest daughter went to New York City and visited the Empire State Building. While up on the crowded observation deck with cameras in tow, I noticed a woman who looked very familiar, there with her own young children.

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Ethical reflection is an everyday task

Gordon Self

January 28, 2013

There is a saying that "good ethics is good business." In 2007, our senior leadership team developed a policy to address the ethical issues related to accommodating special requests. We wanted to define for our staff and physicians how best to respond if asked to accommodate a person of VIP status.

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Public rallies because of respect for diversity

Gordon Self

December 24, 2012

In 1979 I befriended a young refugee family. They were one of thousands of "boat people" who fled their country after the Vietnam War. They were grateful for not only surviving the perilous journey on the sea but being able to settle in Canada where they have since flourished.

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Health Ethics Guide urges us to take care of our life and health

Gordon Self

November 26, 2012

The new 2012 Health Ethics Guide is finally here, and Catholic health care institutions across Canada are busy rolling it out. Covenant Health has been busy with their own education to staff and physicians, including sessions with faith communities.

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Spreading germs ignites moral outrage

Gordon Self

October 22, 2012

Is it time to get mad?" The question was posed during a recent multispecialty rounds at Covenant Health.

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Much of real ethics depends on context

Gordon Self

September 24, 2012

An ethicist in Catholic health care once said there are "no ethics-free zones." Jack Glaser's comment is relevant as we prepare for the launch of the new Health Ethics Guide, addressing both clinical decisions at the bedside, as well as the organizational issues in matters of governance and administration around the board table.

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Ethics demands keen judgment, open heart

Gordon Self

August 27, 2012

Planning is underway for the fifth and final year of the Nothing More Beautiful initiative in the Edmonton Archdiocese. Time and again, catechists and witnesses have reminded us of Pope Benedict's words that "there is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ."

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Addicts, abandoned babies – Covenant Health cares for all

Gordon Self

May 28, 2012

On May 17, the Alberta March for Life event was held in Edmonton. I participated as a representative of Covenant Health. From the steps of the Legislature, I offered this selection of comments in solidarity with the marginalized, in particular those living with addictions and mental illness, a frequently overlooked and underserved population.

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