Getting to Know the MJLH, vol 8: Vaughan Balderston, Executive Managing Editor

Posted By Rosel Kim – Sep. 25, 2013
What do you do at the MJLH?
I am the Executive Managing Editor of the MJLH, which means that I organize our managing editors as they prepare events that put a public face on the journal. We host the annual colloquium, which brings legal and healthcare practitioners together in the Law Faculty, plan Continuing Legal Education seminars, Speaker Series Events, and other events on campus and in Montreal. I ameliorate, count, guard, and spend the journal’s finances.
Qu’est-que vous avez fait cet été?
Cet été, j’ai amélioré mon français à l’aide du programme j’Explore offert par le gouvernement fédéral. J’ai vécu à Rivière-du-Loup pendant 5 semaines et j’ai donc pu expérimenter pour la première fois la vie dans une résidence étudiante tout en obtenant des crédits pour McGill. Inspiré par la beauté sauvage de la région du Bas-de fleuve, j’ai décidé de pratiquer mon “québécois” en explorant la Belle Province à vélo, en voyageant à travers les Cantons de l’Est et en visitant des vignobles et de nombreux villages charmants. J’ai fait du kayak avec les baleines, j’ai vécu dans un phare, j’ai fait du bénévolat à McGill pour Campus Life and Engagement et j’ai pris soin de mon potager sur mon toit dans la Petite Italie. Ah, j’oubliais, j’ai également travaillé pour la RDSM!
Where do you get your health news?
I get news from many sources, but these are two of my favorites: The Atlantic and the BBC News.
In your opinion, which ‘big issues’ in health law will future lawyers have to deal with?
Research and development will expand regardless of geographic borders and legal jurisdictions will have to flex new and creative muscles in ethical debates about what we help or hinder in science and technology.
As a population, Canada is growing older and living longer. Issues regarding the rights, care and abuses of geriatric citizens will be increasingly important.
Sooner rather than later, the Marijuana debate is going to once again blur the lines between medical and social uses.
Avez-vous essayé un Montréal Food Truck cet été? Si oui, quel est votre truck favori?
Non, merci! Je ne mange pas de viande de rue.

Getting to Know the MJLH, vol 8: François Nolet-Lévesque, redacteur exécutif pour le français

Posted By Rosel Kim – Sep. 16, 2013
What do you do at the MJLH?
Je suis rédacteur exécutif pour le Français à la RDSM. Je suis donc responsable de la rédaction des articles francophones pour le volume 8. La position comporte de nombreuses facettes, notamment le recrutement et la formation de nouveaux membres, la répartition et la révision du travail de rédaction ainsi qu’assurer une bonne communication entre la revue et ses auteurs.
Qu’est-que vous avez fait cet été?
A lot of different things! I started the summer by taking an insurance class, which though me a lot about health law (life insurance, health insurance)! Shortly after, I started working at Québec’s administrative tribunal where I also had the pleasure to learn about health and law. If you ever get the chance to attend a Review Board for mental disorder, do it! It’s really to interesting to see a lawyer, a psychologist and a psychiatrist sit as judges in the same court, as each of them brings a different perspective. During my free time, I went to Boston to visit my sister, and see BB King play in concert. Finally I also worked for the MJLH.
Where do you get your health news?
Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn! Make sure to follow us as well as anything that is health and law related!
In your opinion, which ‘big issues’ in health law will future lawyers have to deal with?
Je pense que tout ce qui a trait à la génétique humaine et la propriété intellectuelle fera couler beaucoup d’encre! Que ce soit à propos de cellules souches, de clonage ou de bio-ingénierie, le cadre légal actuel sera certainement mis à l’épreuve.
Avez-vous essayé un Montréal Food Truck cet été? Si oui, quel est votre truck favori?
Je pense que l’un des plus beaux côtés de mon travail au tribunal est le fait que les bureaux étaient situés au centre-ville, tout près de place des arts. J’ai donc pu aller découvrir plusieurs food trucks lors de “bouffons Montréal”. J’ai bien aimé le Luckys et le Pas d’Cochon!

Student Recruitment 2013-2014/ Recrutement d’étudiant(e)s 2013-2014

Posted By Rosel Kim – Sep. 3, 2013

The application forms for editorial, managerial and online editor positions are now available online. The deadline for applications is September 22.

Should you have any questions about the journal or the application process, please do not hesitate to contact us at: editor.mjlh@mail.mcgill.ca or manager.mjlh@mail.mcgill.ca.

Francesca Taddeo, Editor-in-Chief, vol 8

Jennifer Anderson, English Executive Editor

François Nolet-Lévesque, French Executive Editor

Vaughan Balderston, Executive Managing Editor

Rosel Kim, Executive Online Editor

 


Les formulaires de candidatures pour les postes de rédaction, d’administration et de rédaction web sont disponible en ligne.

La date limite pour la soumission de candidatures est le 22 septembre.

Si vous avez des questions sur la RDSM ou sur le processus d’application, n’hésitez pas à nous contacter à: redacteur.rdsm@mail.mcgill.ca ou manager.mjlh@mail.mcgill.ca.

Francesca Taddeo, Rédactrice en chef, vol 8

Jennifer Anderson, Rédactrice exécutive pour l’anglais

François Nolet-Lévesque, Rédacteur exécutif pour le français

Vaughan Balderston, Rédacteur exécutif administratif

Rosel Kim, Rédactrice exécutive web

Getting to Know the MJLH, vol 8: Jennifer Anderson, English Executive Editor

Posted By Rosel Kim – Sep. 9, 2013

What do you do at the MJLH?

I am the English Executive Editor. Along with François Nolet-Lévesque, the French Executive Editor, I shepherd articles through the entire review and revision process, working with editors, peer reviewers, and the authors themselves to produce a high quality product that has been thoroughly vetted and is ready for publication. Communication with all the participants in the process is critical, and is just as important as the hands-on work (proofreading, checking the editors’ work, etc.) for which I’m responsible.

Qu’est-ce que vous avez fait cet été?

J’ai suivi un cours pendant le mois de mai, puis j’ai travaillé pour le reste de l’été. J’ai travaillé pour un professeur ici dans la Faculté de droit, ainsi que pour la RDSM et pour mon ancien employeur, la Faculté de médecine à l’Université de Toronto. J’ai aussi contribué à un projet pro bono pour la SPCA canadienne.

Where do you get your health news?

“Health” as a topic is so wide-ranging that I think you can get health news from anywhere you get “regular” news – I certainly do! Of course, there’s also a case to be made that there is too much supposed health news floating around; I’m referring to complex, often preliminary research studies that are picked up and published by media outlets with little interest in – and even less understanding of – the actual significance of the results. In view of this, I try to take any scientific health news I encounter in the popular media with a grain of salt. In terms of news about health care policy and practice, I find André Picard, the Globe and Mail’s health reporter, to be consistently interesting, articulate, and balanced, but I’m happy to read anyone and everyone’s views on health care!

In your opinion, which ‘big issues’ in health law will future lawyers have to deal with?

It seems likely that the legalization of physician-assisted suicide is on the horizon in Canada, and possibly euthanasia as well; if this occurs, there will be a host of questions to be addressed around consent, capacity, liability, among other topics. Capacity itself is developing into a very interesting issue globally, and there is work underway in Canada to change how the law accommodates individuals who are considered “incapable” by current definitions. There are so many other topics as well: food security, genetic predisposition to disease, ownership of biodata, the impact of biomedical advances on damages in tort, and the list goes on! The MJLH has published on many of these topics already. That’s why working at the Journal is so fascinating: we never know what the next article submission that arrives in our inbox will be about, but we do know that it will have relevance for the wider world!

Avez-vous essayé un Montréal Food Truck cet été? Si oui, quel est votre truck favori?

Non, malheureusement je n’ai pas eu l’occasion d’en essayer.

Getting to Know the MJLH, vol 8: Francesca Taddeo, Editor-in-Chief

Posted By Rosel Kim – Sep. 4, 2013

What do you do at the MJLH?

I will be the Editor-in-Chief for Volume 8. This means I will be working with the other members of the executive to ensure a pleasant learning atmosphere for the journal members, create visibility of the MJLH among the student, legal and academic communities and help the Executives achieve the goals set out for their respective boards. It should be a busy but fun year!

Qu’est-que vous avez fait cet été?

This summer I worked at a summer student at BLG’s Montreal office. I also played golf on the weekends and took my first trip to Mexico.

Where do you get your health news?

From the MJLH Online board of course! I also like to read at least one provincial and national newspaper every day. For the more scandalous (and gossipy) health news, the Daily Mail is a must.

In your opinion, which ‘big issues’ in health law will future lawyers have to deal with?

Anything having to do with end-of-life care. Also, I hope that an issue which will gather an increasing amount of attention is the need to broaden the array of tests in newborn screening programs (for example, newborns are not screened for cystic fibrosis at birth, an early detection of which could significantly improve the quality of life and life expectancy of those who suffer from the disease).

Avez-vous essayé un Montréal Food Truck cet été? Si oui, quel est votre truck favori?

I am still hoping to eat a lobster roll at Lucille’s food truck! I have had a bagel from the St-Viateur food truck, and the obligatory hot dog and french fries. I am loving these additions to the Montreal food scene.