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21-Jul-2015 Crossing the floor: Principle or Opportunism? In the run to the October federal election, politicians of all stripes continue to emphasize trust and values as one of the motivating factors affecting voter decisions. In the Parliamentary system, nothing appears more likely to relate to voters' views about these ethical intangibles than the issue of loyalty - to a constituency, a party and a platform.

By: Hershell Ezrin, Senior Counsel Global Public Affairs, and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ryerson's Ted Rogers School of Management

Jesse Freedman, Intern Global Public Affairs and Politics and Philosophy Major, Brandeis University

22-Jun-2015 Canada's immigration system is broken, but not beyond repair Canada's immigration system is broken. There is little question about it. Unless you are a skilled tradesperson, engineer, or scientist pretty much forget about coming to Canada to become a permanent part or our country.

By: Richard Truscott, Vice President, Alberta adn BC, Canadian Federation or Independent Business (CFIB)

30-Apr-2015 An Errant Knight: (Dis)Honesty and Ethics in the Dismissal of a Senior, Long-Term Employee Jim Grant, PhD, Associate Professor, Acadia University wins second place in the Case Competition for the Simon Fish Ethics Centre Award.

Teaching Notes is available to instructors by contacting the Ethics Centre office directly at

06-Jan-2015 Board Composition and Governance Dilemma at Magna International Professor Eduardo Schiehll, PhD, FCPA, FCMA, Gokhan Turgut, PhD Candidate and Elise Demers, MSc, CPA have won 1st place in the Case Competition for the Simon Fish Ethics Centre Award.

Teaching Notes is available to instructors by contacting the Ethics Centre office directly at

08-Dec-2014 Accommodating Medical Marijuana in the Workplace By Parisa Nikfarjam, Associate Lawyer, Rubin Thomlinson LLP, Employment Lawyers

How did possession of Marijuana become legal for medical use?

On July 31, 2000, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that a total prohibition on marijuana possession was unconstitutional.

17-Oct-2014 Responsible Journalism and the dangers of “no comment” By: Paul Schabas, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Toronto
09-Jul-2014 Responsible Sourcing at Walmart Interview with John Lawrence, Director of CSR for Walmart Canada

By: Chris MacDonald, Director of the Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Program, Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Management
25-Feb-2014 Doing the “right” thing. Convincing directors and senior executives that doing the “right” thing is not so bad On February 25th, 2014 John A. Keefe presented his view on balancing ethics with profit. Keefe highlighted the fact that ethics and CSR are commonly perceived as costs of doing business, and as methods of reducing legal risks.

This summary represents, Pete Myers and Nicole Karolyi, Ryerson University, views on the speaker’s remarks

07-Feb-2014 RBC's Supplier Code of Conduct By: Greg Grice, EVP, Enterprise Services
11-Dec-2013 Addressing Ethical and Moral: Issues in Health Technology Assessment Nazila Assasi was awarded the Ethics Centre's 2011 scholarship in applied business ethics for her project Addressing Ethical and Moral Issues in Health Technology Assessment. The project aimed to develop a practical framework for integrating ethics into the health technology assessment process. Nazila is currently a PhD candidate in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University in Hamilton. She earned a Doctor in Medicine (MD) from the University of Tabriz in Tabriz, Iran; then a Master's in Public Health from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Tehran; and finally a PhD in Epidemiology also from Tehran University of Medical Sciences.

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