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McGill Journal of Law and Health Podcast

McGill Journal of Law and Health Podcast

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The McGill Journal of Law and Health (MJLH) / Revue de droit et santé de McGill (RDSM) is a bilingual peer-reviewed academic journal based at the Faculty of Law of McGill University. The MJLH/RDSM Podcast aims to share informative and interesting episodes about current issues of law and policy relating to health.
If you have any comments or questions about the MJLH/RDSM podcast, please email info.mjlh@mcgill.ca.
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Unpacking Cyberattacks on Healthcare Institutions: Gaps & Possibilities in Canadian Legal Frameworks

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Social Determinants of Health & The Charter: Has the Right to Health Been Realized in Canada?
In a Special 40th Charter Anniversary episode, McGill Journal of Law and Health Editor, Catherine Dunne, and McGill Law Journal Editor, Hanna Rioseco, interviewed Professor Martha Jackman of the University of Ottawa on the status of the Right to Health in Canada. They discussed the evolution of section 7 and section 15 and contemporary legal challenges to realizing the Right to Health in Canada.  Check out the rest of the McGill Law Journal's episodes on their website or wherever you get your podcasts. 
36:12
April 12, 2022
HIV Criminalization in Canada: A Human Rights Challenge
In this episode, Sonia and Catherine discuss the ongoing criminalization of HIV non-disclosure in Canada with Richard Elliott, who has been a prominent advocate and expert in HIV, human rights and health law and policy for over twenty years. They discussed how HIV is criminalized within Canada's legal framework, common myths and misconceptions that contribute to stigma and discrimination for people living with HIV, and how HIV criminalization creates barriers to the realization of human rights for all. 
43:58
March 28, 2022
Emerging health law ethics challenges with Dr. Nicholas King
In this episode, Hailey and Sonia interviewed Dr. Nicholas B. King about health ethics and the law. Dr. King shared insights related to the ethics of requiring COVID-19 vaccination for medical procedures, like organ transplants, the ethics of vaccine distribution and pandemic resources, as well as the evolving ethics surrounding artificial intelligence, technology and health.
36:22
February 23, 2022
Indigenous Health & Climate Change with Dr. Deborah McGregor
The health impacts of climate change have been front and centre throughout 2021 in Canada: from wildfires to flooding. In this episode, Catherine interviews Dr. McGregor, an Anishinaabe woman from Whitefish River First Nation and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice at Osgoode Hall Law School, to discuss the impacts of climate change on Indigenous peoples' in Canada, the limits of Canadian legal frameworks, and possibilities.
35:55
February 08, 2022
Unpacking Cyberattacks on Healthcare Institutions: Gaps & Possibilities in Canadian Legal Frameworks
On October 30, 2021, Newfoundland & Labrador discovered a ransomware attack on their healthcare system that brought down the province's cyber infrastructure for weeks. Yuan Stevens, Policy Lead on Technology, Cybersecurity & Democracy at Ryerson's Leadership Lab, discusses with Catherine the impacts of the attack on patients, government, and employees; why malicious hackers often target health infrastructure; and steps that governments can take to enhance the legal frameworks that govern cybersecurity and health information. 
20:35
January 24, 2022
Episode 10: Global Vaccine Access and Intellectual Property Challenges
In episode 10 of Covid Conversations, Catherine Dunne spoke with Dr. Eccleston-Turner, a lecturer in Law at Keele University. Dr. Eccleston-Turner's research focuses on the field of pandemic influenza preparedness and access to vaccines, and the law of international organizations in the context of global health. In this episode, Catherine and Dr. Eccleston-Turner discussed global disparities with respect to vaccine procurement. They explored the limitations and opportunities of a TRIPS waiver and technology transfer within the current economic and legal frameworks to decrease vaccine inequality around the world. 
23:51
September 29, 2021
Episode 9: Legal Parameters of Proof of Vaccination Requirements & Vaccine Passports with Molly Reynolds
In Episode 9 of COVID Conversations, Catherine Dunne spoke with Molly Reynolds, a leading privacy lawyer at Torys LLP in Toronto, Ontario.  In this episode, Catherine and Molly discussed the emerging trend of proof of vaccination requirements and vaccine passports across Canada, and their legal parameters, particularly dissecting legal considerations relevant to the right to privacy and the application of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. 
19:30
September 14, 2021
Ep. 8: Government liability for COVID-19 response?
In Episode 8 of COVID Conversations, Sidney and Bianca spoke with Professor Lara Khoury, who is is an Associate Professor at McGill University's Faculty of Law, and an associate member of McGill's Institute for Health & Social Policy and Biomedical Ethics Unit. In this episode, Sidney and Bianca discussed with Professor Khoury the challenges to government liability for COVID-19 response and alternative accountability mechanisms for policy decisions taken during the pandemic. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the MJLH/RDSM podcast. If you have any questions about the podcast, please email info.mjlh@mcgill.ca.
26:28
June 22, 2021
Potential constitutional objections to the MSM deferral policy with Kylee Wilyman
This episode is part of the McGill Journal of Law and Health podcast’s miniseries on the deferral of men who have sex with men (MSM) from blood donation in Canada. In this episode, Sidney Black-Rotchin spoke with Kylee Wilyman about the legal elements of the MSM deferral policy. Ms. Wilyman received her Juris Doctor from the University of Saskatchewan and previously completed a Master of Science in Community Health and Epidemiology. Sidney and Ms. Wilyman discussed the Canadian Blood Services v Freeman decision, what a Charter challenge to the deferral policy could look like today, and potential alternatives. All views expressed by MJLH/RDSM podcast guests are those of the individual speakers, not of the McGill Journal of Law and Health. For information on how to donate blood in Quebec, visit: www.hema-quebec.qc.ca/sang/donneur-sang/index.en.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjwsLWDBhCmARIsAPSL3_3VZYCwjxqkraO_x_IfVWn9ANkYk9f8MR4qn8PKAzOzFM5A7TIW_jgaAmZeEALw_wcB For information on Canadian Blood Services eligibility criteria, visit: www.blood.ca/en/blood/am-i-eligible-donate-blood If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the MJLH/RDSM podcast. If you have any questions about the podcast, please email info.mjlh@mcgill.ca. Thanks for listening! 
38:07
April 08, 2021
Exploring the MSM deferral policy with Dr. Mindy Goldman, medical director of donor and clinical services at Canadian Blood Services
This episode is part of the McGill Journal of Law and Health podcast’s miniseries on the deferral of men who have sex with men (MSM) from blood donation in Canada. In this episode, Nick Whitfield spoke with Dr. Mindy Goldman, medical director of donor and clinical services at Canadian Blood Services (CBS) in Ottawa. Dr. Goldman is responsible for donor criteria and policies related to blood donors and immunohematology at CBS. She is also involved in epidemiology studies and research related to donor and recipient risk. Nick and Dr. Goldman discussed a number of topics including blood donor criteria in Canada, the history of the MSM deferral policy, and why this policy persists into the modern day. All views expressed by MJLH/RDSM podcast guests are those of the individual speakers, not of the McGill Journal of Law and Health. For information on how to donate blood in Quebec, visit: www.hema-quebec.qc.ca/sang/donneur-sang/index.en.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjwsLWDBhCmARIsAPSL3_3VZYCwjxqkraO_x_IfVWn9ANkYk9f8MR4qn8PKAzOzFM5A7TIW_jgaAmZeEALw_wcB For information on Canadian Blood Services eligibility criteria, visit: www.blood.ca/en/blood/am-i-eligible-donate-blood If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the MJLH/RDSM podcast. If you have any questions about the podcast, please email info.mjlh@mcgill.ca. Thanks for listening! 
34:03
April 07, 2021
Ep. 7: The Impact of COVID-19 on Employment and the Future of Remote Work with Phil Lord
In Episode 7 of COVID Conversations, Sidney and Bianca sat down with Phil Lord, who is currently completing an LL.M. at McGill University as a Bombardier scholar.  In this episode, Phil, Sidney, and Bianca discussed how COVID-19 has impacted employment, with a specific focus on the uneven consequences of the move to remote work, the connection between these impacts and existing social issues, and potential government interventions to mitigate these issues.  If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the MJLH/RDSM podcast. If you have any questions about the podcast, please email info.mjlh@mcgill.ca.
24:47
February 10, 2021
Ep. 6: COVID-19 and Gender-Based Violence with Dr. Annelise Trudell
In Episode 6 of COVID Conversations, Catherine Dunne spoke with Dr. Annalise Trudell, the Manager of Education, Training and Research, at ANOVA, a Sexual Assault Centre and Community House Shelter based out of London, Ontario. Dr. Trudell is also one of the authors of, Pandemic meets Pandemic: Understanding the Impacts of COVID19 on Gender-Based Violence Services and Survivors in Canada. In this episode, Catherine and Dr. Trudell discussed the report’s findings on the impacts of COVID-19 on gender-based violence, the root causes of gender-based violence, and measures governments can take to support survivors during COVID-19 and address gender-based violence in the long-term. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the MJLH/RDSM podcast. If you have any questions about the podcast, please email info.mjlh@mcgill.ca.
21:38
December 02, 2020
Ep. 5: Mandatory School Attendance with Professor Daniel Weinstock
In Episode 5 of COVID Conversations, Sidney and Bianca spoke with Professor Daniel Weinstock, who is a Full Professor at the McGill University Faculty of Law. This is the final episode of a three-part series with Professor Weinstock, where we discuss a range of topics related to the pandemic. In this episode, Sidney, Bianca, and Professor Weinstock discussed the implications of the Quebec government's decision to make attendance at elementary and high schools mandatory.  If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the MJLH/RDSM podcast. If you have any questions about the podcast, please email info.mjlh@mcgill.ca.
10:12
November 04, 2020
Ep. 4: The Government's Role in Pandemic Management with Professor Daniel Weinstock
In Episode 4 of COVID Conversations, Sidney and Bianca continued the conversation with Professor Daniel Weinstock, who is a Full Professor at the McGill University Faculty of Law. This episode is the second in a three-part series with Professor Weinstock, where we discuss a range of topics related to the pandemic.  In this episode, Sidney, Bianca, and Professor Weinstock discussed how employment and housing play an important role in managing the spread of COVID-19, how government communication is critical, and the role that physical space plays when properly utilized.  If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the MJLH/RDSM podcast. If you have any questions about the podcast, please email info.mjlh@mcgill.ca.
20:02
October 28, 2020
Ep. 3: A Harm Reduction Approach to COVID-19 with Professor Daniel Weinstock
In Episode 3 of COVID Conversations, Sidney and Bianca spoke with Professor Daniel Weinstock, who is a Full Professor at the McGill University Faculty of Law. This episode is the first in a three-part series with Professor Weinstock, where we discuss a range of topics related to the pandemic.  In this episode, Sidney, Bianca, and Professor Weinstock discussed how we can take a harm reduction approach to address the COVID-19 pandemic, in contrast to complete abstention from everyday activities.   If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the MJLH/RDSM podcast. If you have any questions about the podcast, please email info.mjlh@mcgill.ca. 
12:23
October 21, 2020
Ep. 2: Race, Health Inequity, and COVID-19 with Dr. Vinita Dubey, Associate Medical Officer of Health
In Episode 2 of COVID Conversations, Bianca looked at the findings of the May 2020 report from Public Health Ontario, which examined neighborhood-level trends among COVID-19 cases through a health-equity perspective. She then sat down with Dr. Vinita Dubey, Associate Medical Officer of Health at Toronto Public Health.    Bianca and Dr. Dubey talked about the report's findings of social determinants of health, the long-term effects of COVID-19, and the role youth play in flattening the curve, along with a number of other topics.  If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the MJLH/RDSM podcast. If you have any questions about the podcast, please email info.mjlh@mcgill.ca.
20:01
September 03, 2020
Ep. 1: Student Mental Health with Eric Widdicombe, Licensed Psychologist
In Episode 1 of COVID Conversations, Sidney spoke with licensed psychologist Eric Widdicome. Eric holds a position at a university in Montreal, where he provides mental health services to students, and is also a service provider for Kahnawake Shakotiia’takenhas Community services, where he works with individuals, couples, and families.  Sidney and Eric discussed student mental health in the age of COVID-19, how to build and maintain connections with your peers while remote learning, and more. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the MJLH/RDSM podcast. If you have any questions about the podcast, please email info.mjlh@mcgill.ca.   
16:03
August 22, 2020
Welcome to the new MJLH/RDSM Podcast series: COVID Conversations!
Welcome to the McGill Journal of Law and Health's new podcast series, COVID Conversations!  Meet your hosts, and find out about our upcoming podcast episodes about the issue du jour - COVID-19!  Don't forget to subscribe to our podcast to stay up-to-date as we release new episodes. 
01:44
August 05, 2020