ETHICS 1244 (Fournier-Sylvester @ Champlain)

Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by jack marsala on February 21, 2014
Robert Latimer is a farmer that was imprisoned in 1997 for 10 years without parole for second degree murder of his daughter that was severely disabled. His daughter was twelve years old at the time and suffered of cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a disease that you are born with and caused by an immaturity of the brain. The symptoms are awkward movement and speech. The cause of death was carbon monoxide poisoning when her dad left his car running indoors with Tracy still inside, the gasses surrounded her and eventually put an end to her life.

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by Ritchy S on February 17, 2014
A 47-year-old woman died Thursday morning after her scarf or Hijab got caught in the escalator at the Fabre Metro station in Montreal. She died just minutes after dropping off her son at daycare last Thursday. According to CBC News, The incident happened around 9:15 a.m. ET at an unsupervised automatic entrance to the Metro station on the blue line. Montreal police said a witness reported seeing the woman with her scarf stuck in the escalator.

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by ThePonsey on February 16, 2014
Recently, in the news there was a very controversial story regarding a pregnant brain dead wife on life support. This article reached international headlines after there was a conflict of interest between the victim’s will and a Texas Law. Marlise and Eric Munoz were expecting a child, to add to the family of already three. Unfortunately 14 weeks into the pregnancy, she suffered a pulmonary embolism which rendered her medically brain dead. Marlise was a paramedic and stated that given one day is she were to be held on life support, she would want to be removed, and die naturally.

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by andrewmarcotte on February 16, 2014
Should we have the death penalty in Canada? The article that I chose was on the topic of capital punishment (death penalty) in short what this article talks about is the removal of the death penalty in Canada.  They talk about the leaders that were in place and what they did to remove the death penalty. They also talk about how in fact we did use the death penalty and what we did to the person that was getting executed.

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by hasina_gn on February 7, 2014
Is it ethically and morally right to test on animals for the benefits of humans?

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by julia.vincent-r... on February 7, 2014
 In this article, written by Denyse Coles, the idea that prostitution should be decriminalized is stressed.  The author puts emphasis on the three key factors that would be better for everyone.

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by zippy on February 7, 2014
In Polyamory not like push for gay marriage, Cathy Young push a case against polyamory unions. Young start by remembering us how the mariage question is a hot subject right now, first the gay community won a big victory in 2013 and now other groups want to change again our views about marriage.  

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by zak47lfc on February 6, 2014
The news article written by Dianna Magnay and Bryony Jones named ‘Parents Plead to Be Able to Help Terminally Ill Children Die’ is about Linda Van Roy, a mother who couldn’t do anything to help her dying baby. Her 10-month-old daughter named Ella-Louise was diagnosed with Krabbe disease, a rare and terminal genetic that damages the nervous system. Ella-Louise who was bound to die was suffering and her mother couldn’t do anything to help her as the law in Belgium does not allow Euthanasia for minors.

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by JulMasse on February 5, 2014
Do you remember from your history class a certain Henry 8?                                                                              

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by pamelagarneau on February 5, 2014
I choose an article, written by Manny Fernandez and Erik Eckholm, about Marlise Munoz who is brain-death, 14 weeks pregnant and forced to stay on life support. She was 33 when the doctors diagnosed Marlise Munroz brain-death from a blood clot in her lungs.  Her wish was not to be left on life support and John Peter Smith Hospital at Fort Worth in Texas did not want to execute her and her family wish because of their laws which stipulate that they cannot cutting off life support to a pregnant patient.   

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by chloemenard on February 5, 2014
Counterpoint: YouTube Lowers the Quality of Entertainment. By: Rich, Alex K., Wagner, Geraldine, Points of View: YouTube, 2013

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by MihaiRapeanu on February 5, 2014
The article Spy agencies, prime minister’s adviser defend metadata collection written by Laura Payton of CBC News revivals the controversial debate regarding data recording by spy agencies. This article conveys the position of John Forster, the chief of the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) who recently had to defend the position of the agency concerning a possible Wi-Fi track of the movements of Canadian passengers in Canadian airports. This polemic arises as a consequence of the information revealed by the National Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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by Charleshugo Gagne on February 5, 2014
In 2011, a New Yorker pled guilty in the federal court of the United-States of facilitating illegal organ transplants. It was the first proven case of the existence of a black market organ trafficking. Even though he pled guilty, and broke the law, his lawyer argue the defendant did the good thing because the recipient of the organ now does no longer fear for his life and the donor is perfectly healthy. But did he really do the good thing? Should we permit such acts and legalize organ sales?  

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by Claudia04 on February 5, 2014
           In the article by Manny Fernandez, entitled ‘Texas Hospital Ends Life Support for Pregnant, Brain-Dead Woman’, the author informs readers about a controversial subject that occur in Texas. During the month of November 2013, Erick Munoz found out his spouse, Marlise, lying on the floor of their kitchen. The 14 weeks pregnant woman, at this moment, had a blood clot wedged in her lungs, which depraved her brain from oxygen and trained that organ to death. She had been taking care by the hospital for two month-long.

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by anthonyamato on February 5, 2014

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by atremblaymarier on February 5, 2014
The article “Counterpoint: Prostitution Should Remain Illegal.”, by Richard Renneboog and Lee Tunstall, state that prostitution should not be legalized, by providing arguments from both sides of the issue. To begin their article, the authors present a debate over how the sex market because a part of our society. On one side, some people argue that prostitution is an “innate behaviour” or a “survival instinct” of primate societies who traded sexual favours in exchange for food and a secure social position (Renneboog & Tunstall 3). In this case, “modern societies must consider that it will never be possible to eliminate or control prostitution completely” with an act of legislation (Renneboog & Tunstall 3). The other side argues that prostitution is a choice made by mature women to “willingly pursue an independent, entrepreneurial lifestyle for which she accepts certain risks” and gives up certain social benefits (Renneboog & Tunstall 3). The main argument, in favor of legalization, provided by Renneboog and Tunstall in their article, is that 90 percent of women who are prostitutes would try to escape from prostitution if they could, but because of different circumstances, it is the only way they can provide money to their families. They work under extremely hard conditions and the legalization would “allow standards to be established and monitored, activity to be controlled, and proceeds to be taxed” (Renneboog & Tunstall 3). Renneboog and Tunstall use other countries, where prostitution has been legalized, as example to support their idea that it should remain illegal. In countries where it has been legalized, the situation went out of control; there is an increase in the involvement of criminal organizations, an increase in drug addiction and in human trafficking. People tend to believe that legalization “protects prostitutes from being brutalized by the legal system, pimps, and clients and from the dangers associated with prostitution” but experience has disapproved it (Renneboog & Tunstall 3). One of the main moral claims against legalization of prostitution is that “legalization decriminalizes all aspects of prostitution and treats it, in principle, the same as other service industries” (Renneboog & Tunstall 3). On one side, I agree that prostitutes should have the right to a safe and healthy workplace, even if it is not considered a legal job; it’s still their way of gaining money. On the other side, I agree with the authors of this article that it will simply increase sex trafficking and place women in even more vulnerable situations. I also believe by “approving” this job, it makes it look as if it was a proper thing to do and more people would decide to become, or stay, prostitutes, instead of looking for a better way to make money. The authors view prostitution as a “complex issue with many basic causal factors that cannot be addressed by any single approach including legalization”; how can it be addressed? Reference: Renneboog, Richard, Tunstall, Lee. “Counterpoint: Prostitution Should Remain Illegal.” Canadian Points of View: Prostitution (2014): n. Pag. Web. 04 Feb. 2014.

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by laurencech12 on February 4, 2014
Laurence Boivin Humanities Nicole Fournier-Sylvester February 6, 2014    Should There be Limitations for Abortion on Minor Girls?  

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by laurenb07 on February 4, 2014
In the news article by Peggy Curran entitled "Montreal police need proper tools to deal within mental illness", the author suggests that the measures that were implied during an altercation with a middle aged man suffering from mental illness monday morning were too extreme. The incident involved only one man, who was well known by Montreal police as having mental health issues and troubles with substance abuse. This man was no criminal, just in need of help.

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5 years 3 weeks ago

I would firstly like to start off by saying that I decided to respond to this article because I read about this devastating shooting and thus I felt the need to continue a dialogue regarding this topic. I find it absurd that institutional shootings in the United States is becoming more and more common in a society where “race” and gender should be tolerable and hate crimes implausible.

I strongly agree with your statement that gender does play a significant role in the shooting. We live in a society where violence is prominent across media platforms deliberately enforcing the social norm that males in particular must be violent and “strong” and need to conform to these standards in order to be considered a man. What Tony Porter describes as the “man box” in his Ted Talk titled “A call to men” is what men in today’s society face, in terms of the expectations and criteria that one must meet in order to be considered a man. As we know, this is entirely wrong. One does not need to be strong or show violence to be show masculinity in our society. The issue at hand is that violence is becoming “normal” around us because of the stereotypes and misconceptions people have regarding gender. Therefore, I believe that the amount of violence that this man has shown stems from exposure to violence in a social setting. I am not saying that his actions were normal, per se, but the fact that male violence is dominant in our society may be one of the reasons for such radical actions.

In addition, I would like to suggest that, despite gender playing a role in the shooting, racism was equally a factor. The gunman asked each individual what religion they practiced before ending their life. It is clear the gunman idealized that only the religion he practiced was “right”. As mentioned, the student gunman conveys acts of racism because he felt his cultural differences were most important and viewed the victims as inferior which, as noted by Henry and Tator, would be considered individual racism. Though one’s culture or religion does not define their “race” because one can still practice a different religion from a different background for instance, it is clear that the student assumed that those of the same religion were from the same “race” too. How do you view this form of racism in this setting? More specifically, do you believe his goal was to target a specific “race” or those of a specific religion?

5 years 1 month ago

The article that you’ve chosen is quite remarkable. Socialization as a means to diminish racism in our society, as a whole, immediately struck me because I can relate to the impact it has, or has had, on children. My mother has a government subsidized home daycare with six children, ranging from the ages of six months to six year olds. All the children are of different backgrounds (two French Canadians, a Haitian Canadian, an Irish Canadian, a “mixed child” and a Turkish Canadian child). These children all play and are friendly with one another and I strongly believe that socialization and the introduction to different cultures, in addition to “races”, is the reason for such acceptance. Seeing how children recognize, however generally, race at the age of six months, it’s never too early to engage questions regarding “race”.

I strongly agree with your main arguments especially the ones stating that children need to be taught and exposed to different people. I have personally experienced the benefits of multicultural interactions with not only these children, but with my twin and I as well. We have always been accepting and opened to new people, regardless of their “race” or cultural identity. Throughout high school and college, we have been exposed to a variety of people, which I believe, has helped shape how we perceive others in a friendly, non-racial way.

With this said, I do not agree with your last statement that socializing with people of different backgrounds can be challenging. To exposure children to different people, it is not difficult to simply head to the park and let children play among the other children. In addition, there are a variety of cultural festivals and events in Montreal that would be a great opportunity to expose one’s children to different people and the customs of that specific culture. For instance, little Italy would expose a child to a foreign language, food, and different people. Would you participate in these festivals with your children if it allowed exposure and a better understanding of one’s culture?

5 years 2 months ago

This topic of racial classification, specifically the under-represented colored minority inside the LGBT community, caught my attention because in most forms of media, the traditional white male couple is shown. I do, in fact, agree with your reasoning and point of view. One's sexual orientation is a classification label (straight, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, etc) whereas classifying "races", inside the LGBT community for instance, is not. At this point, there is no way of classifying "races". We are all from the same species, with little genetic diversity, as Diamond states.
Don't get me wrong; equality in different "races" is important, and each individual should be viewed as equal. However, being colored does not influence how one is perceived in the queer community. Remember, one's race will never determine who you are. A "race" does not define us. What does define us is our values and morals, how we were raised etc because after all, a trait like skin color is very subjective, and should not be used as a means to racially classify an individual.

In terms of the murder of those five colored transgender men, I do not agree with the author's statement. I do not believe that the color of their skin influenced how represented they were in the media. One's "race", or specifically a trait such as the color of their skin, does not determine what is considered right or wrong. Any murder, besides a case of self defence for instance, is considered wrong. The color of someone will not change how others perceive them. If I would take, hypothetically speaking, 4 lesbian woman who were found murdered, their "race" is the least of the issue here.

Going back to your main point, the media tends to under represent colored people, or any "visible minority". However, do you believe that minorities from different sexual orientations are under represented? I have personally seen, on Social Media such as twitter, for instance, colored homosexual men in pictures or tweets. They may not appear as often in social media, but nonetheless, present in our society.

6 years 9 months ago

I am sure, perhaps in the near future, to come up with different measures instead of the physical use of racial profiling, but in the meantime, I believe it is the best alternative to deal with national security manners only. Limits is of essence to prevent the misusage of this practice. It shouldn't be used for reasons that a large scope is being affected, as the utilitarian approach suggests. However, for "regular" cases, where the scope isn't as large, the use of racial profiling should be avoided.

6 years 9 months ago

To be quite honest, in a non-biased opinion, I wouldn't be offended to be racial profiled (in the assumption that I were a minority class) since I would understand that it is for the greater good of society and, in essence, they (the authorities or government), are solely trying to protect its citizens. I don't believe it would make them feel excluded in society, since "whites" also get profiled, not only the minorities. For instance, homegrown terrorists, which like at the Boston bombings, were white (despite the fact that they weren't racial profiled, since an attack was not foreseen). However, the intentions, would be to racial profile anybody that possess a harm to society, not only minorities. With this said, security by all means triumphs over freedom.

6 years 9 months ago

To be quite honest, in a non-biased opinion, I wouldn't be offended to be racial profiled (in the assumption that I were a minority class) since I would understand that it is for the greater good of society and, in essence, they (the authorities or government), are solely trying to protect its citizens. I don't believe it would make them feel excluded in society, since "whites" also get profiled, not only the minorities. For instance, homegrown terrorists, which like at the Boston bombings, were white (despite the fact that they weren't racial profiled, since an attack was not foreseen). However, the intentions, would be to racial profile anybody that possess a harm to society, not only minorities. With this said, security by all means triumphs over freedom.

6 years 9 months ago

Of course, with the assumption that that child has absolutely no chance to live, as if its a terminal illness, then putting the child down would be okay to prevent more suffering, which would go in favor of the virtue ethics that the parents are making this decision based on what they believe in. So, love and compassion would be a means to allowing euthanasia. However, it would go against the ethics of care, since the parents should protect and harness their child as long as possible (despite the inevitable death). All this to say, it is clear that if we were in their parents shoes, that the decision would be very hard to make...

Reply to: The Death Penalty
6 years 9 months ago

This topic is very relevant in the sick and twisted society that we have.
An argument that was brought up against the death penalty was that it was not cost efficient. I do not believe that keeping someone in prison for life is much more economic? If not, these flaws of the law should be corrected in order for it to be cost worthy.

As of the ethical point of view, I do believe that the capital punishment is still relevant nowadays. I'm not sure about the persuasive argument; but I believe there are absolute wrongs that must be severely punish. Serial rapists and killers; which will never be admissible in the society, are just consuming our hard earned tax for three meals a day and a bed at night. Justice and equity should serve them. It should be applied only to the worst criminals with sufficient evidences, with our justice and law system. Although it has its flaws, we cannot generalize on exceptions of bad judgement in order to save people that do not deserve to live.
From another point of view; if my family was to be concerned with a rape or murder, I might prefer that the person guilty ends up in prison. I could pay my hard earned money for someone to rape that person, repeatedly, on a daily basis for the rest of his miserable life.
From this perspective, do you believe that death penalty really is the absolute punishment or a life sentence is worst?

6 years 9 months ago

Thanks for answering me on such short notice Charles. You reply is very relevant and clearly states your personal different beliefs.
I believe that in a healthy society; people should work and provide for them and their family. Even with limited skill and intelligence one could make a good living in a capitalist state if he is hard working. Therefore; bringing back my argument, I believe that harder working people, richer people, should be capable of having advantages in society. They earned themselves some amount of luxury because they worked harder and better than others; as in our society every body is given an equal chance at succeeding. Saying no organ sales because not everybody can afford it would be like saying no to dentists; no everybody can afford it. Or no to anything that is not provided by the state; which truly provides weaker services than what the private sector offers because of poor management. Ferrari's should not exist since my neighbour can't afford one?
Yes he should; because it will be a motivation for him to work harder and reach such place in society. If he doesn't want a luxury car, than he doesn't need to work as hard. If a bicycles fulfill his wants, than he can be lazy and stop working.
You get what you work for. That's a basic animal rule for survival.
If we take a look at communist countries, I don't think they are doing better than us or the USA?

6 years 9 months ago

I do strongly believe that prostitution should be legalized, except I do not believe we should legalize it right away. Although as you pointed out in your response that prostitution has many benefits to a population, as well as increasing the safety of the women and men working, Canada would not be able to support it. At least not yet, I think that the Canadian population would receive too much of a shock if prostitution was legalized, it goes against what our society has stood for. Especially in Quebec where the foundations go back to very strong Catholic roots and the rest of Canada being mostly protestant. Perhaps over time, the public will be able to accept an eventual legalization of prostitution as the media informs them of the benefits, but as of right now I do not think it would fit into the society we have in present day Canada.

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