We've curated important conversations about various aspects of health care in Canada. Some of our debates are classic clashes between opposing views. Others consist of multiple perspectives that fall along a spectrum of opinion. And some are timelines that show the development of a big story over a long period.
How should we handle our health-care crisis?
We can agree that something needs to be done to ensure patients have better access to health care. But what kinds of solutions should be up for discussion? Do we let private companies take on some of the burden? Or should we steer clear of for-profit options? Two health-care experts share their differing views on Ontario's path forward.
The COVID Debates: Should the COVID-19 vaccine be mandatory for all health-care workers?
Be it resolved the COVID-19 vaccine should be mandatory for all health-care workers
Doctors Amit Arya, Allison McGeer, Kali Barrett, and Stefan Baral face off over whether COVID-19 vaccination should be mandatory in a civil but sharply argued debate that covers some of the most contentious topics in health care, including systemic inequities, vaccine hesitancy, the state of long-term care, and more.
Debate: Be it resolved that school closures should never be used to stop the spread of COVID-19
In June 2021, Ari Bitnun, Andrew Morris, Jennifer Grant, Colin Furness, and Martha Fulford debated a notion that has once again become the subject of intense dispute as Canada sees a huge spike in COVID-19 cases: whether schools should never be closed as a means of limiting the spread of COVID-19.
Should vaccine passports be part of our public health strategy?
Two high-profile epidemiologists share their differing views on using vaccine certificates to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.
Are vaccine passports ethical?
Two distinguished ethicists share their differing perspectives on the ethics of requiring people to provide proof of full vaccination to access everyday venues and services.
Our editor-in-chief, Seema Marwaha, is keeping a regular log of what she is seeing, thinking and feeling as she tends to COVID-19 patients while more virulent and contagious variants of the coronavirus stress our hospitals.
International Women's Day is both a celebration of how far we've come and a reminder of how far we have to go when it comes to women's health. Displayed here are a few pieces from the archives that highlight issues women face today regarding their health.
Are drug-pricing changes helping or harming Canadians?
An article published on Feb. 2 argues that the PMPRB, a federal regulatory agency, must push ahead with reforms to the pricing of pharmaceutical drugs, despite pressure from Big Pharma.
A critical reply instead argues that the pricing changes will ultimately harm Canadians.
Nationalizing drug manufacturing: A public necessity or a waste of money?
Be it resolved that the government must take over the manufacture of critical care drugs to prevent shortages.
Long-term care reform during COVID-19
Ontario's long-term care system is in need of reform. Over the last few months, our contributors have flagged major issues with the current models of care and highlighted the disastrous consequences to residents during COVID-19. They have also proposed novel, logical solutions to the problems. Here is a selection of pieces that approach this topic from a variety of vantage points.
The MAiD Debate
Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) has been legal in Canada since June 17, 2016. There was heated debate before legalization and it continues today over expanding MAiD to vulnerable groups, such as youth and those with mental illnesses and disabilities. Because it is not as simple as being for or against, we've organized some compelling arguments that sit on both sides of the spectrum.