Organizations that impose COVID obligations must also be responsible for the harm they may cause, ethicists say.


Organizations that impose COVID-19 obligations must also be liable for the harm that those obligations may cause and may be exempted by claiming that they are in compliance with orders from Health Canada. No, says ethicist Dr. Julie Pones.

Ponesse was dismissed from Huron University College in Ontario in September after refusing to comply with the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine obligations. She told the Epoch Times that the decision felt “very problematic” because the university did not perform due diligence to investigate whether public health obligations were ethically justified.

“This is a really very complicated issue because it is at the heart of the rights and freedoms we really have in democracy,” she said.

Mr Pones said the issue raises questions about the rights and responsibilities of the organization in complying with orders from federal authorities.

“I don’t think the university is imposing it just because Health Canada says it should.” Because if that obligation does harm, the university is responsible for it, “she said. ..

“They cannot completely exempt their liability (moral or legal liability) simply by claiming that they are partially responsible for the harm and are in compliance with Health Canada or government orders.”

Ponesse was suspended from a university affiliated with Western University after a video spread on the Internet explaining the ethical dilemma faced in denying an employer’s vaccine obligations.

A professor who has taught ethics in the Department of Philosophy for 20 years resigned from his teaching profession about a week after his rustication. Mr. Pones said the retirement letter stated that one of the reasons for his dismissal was his refusal to comply with the school’s vaccination obligations.

“I don’t believe the situation in Canada at the time justified such an intrusion into an individual’s personal medical information,” she said of her mission.

According to Ponesse, Western University initially refused to require staff to be vaccinated with COVID-19, but reversed the course in August to require masking, social distance, and proof of vaccination. The university also removed the test option instead of providing evidence of vaccination when her video was released.

Pones also said he accused the university of using the video to promote the situation and disseminate “misinformation.”

“Experts monopolize the truth, someone else is malicious and a threat to democracy,” she said.

“When you call someone a false informant these days, you don’t just mean that they made a mistake in their calculations of what is true. They are a plague of society and So I think they need to be kicked out. “

Ponesse’s video was created in collaboration with advocacy groups Canada Covid Care Alliance, A coalition of scientists, physicians, and medical professionals aimed at providing “balanced, evidence-based information about COVID-19 to the Canadian population.”

Mr. Pones said he has no plans to take legal action against the West over dismissal, as infringement of COVID-19 obligations is widespread and solutions will eventually be found in society through thoughtful discourse. rice field.

“The problems we are currently facing are so systematic that anti-narrative cases, or cases that challenge narratives, have been fairly evaluated or obtained in our courts. I don’t think it’s obvious to me, “she said.

“I think we need to change the culture. Before we meet the judge, we need to open up to people that there is another way to see this … listen to expert testimony and see the evidence. Just brave enough. “

Since leaving his teaching profession, Pones has been working with the Covid Care Alliance in Canada and has joined the Constitutional Rights Organization. Democracy fund As that pandemic ethicist.

Andrew Chen


Andrew Chen is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.