COVID-19: Is the Cure “Worse Than the Problem Itself”?

Contributed by Phil Lord

Republicans have argued that the measures taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 will create economic consequences too serious to justify the number of lives saved. Are they right? We do the math.

The lieutenant governor of Texas Dan Patrick believes older people would rather put their lives at risk than cause a shutdown which will affect the economy. In an interview with Tucker Carlson, he stated:

Let’s get back to work. Let’s get back to living. Let’s be smart about it.

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 And those of us who are 70 plus, we’ll take care of ourselves. But don’t sacrifice the country.

Patrick’s comments echo those of President Donald Trump, who stated:

We can’t have the cure be worse than the problem

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We have to open our country because that causes problems that, in my opinion, could be far bigger problems.

Are they right? Continue reading “COVID-19: Is the Cure “Worse Than the Problem Itself”?”

Presumed Consent in Organ Donation: a Silver Bullet for Nova Scotia?

Contributed by Maya Gunnarsson

Organ transplants have been critical in saving peoples’ lives throughout the past half a century. However, approximately 250 Canadians die every year waiting for an organ transplant. Simply put, the number of patients in need of an organ transplant vastly outnumbers the number of organ donations each year. While organ donor rates differ by province, less than 20% of Canadians are registered organ donors. In an effort to increase the number of organ donations, Nova Scotia recently passed the Human Organ and Tissue Donation Act, which makes every individual a potential organ donor, unless they opt-out. While other countries around the world have similar policies, when this Act goes into effect this year, it will make Nova Scotia the first jurisdiction in Canada to presume consent for organ donation of all deceased people, unless they have explicitly denied consent prior to their death. This article will look at the effectiveness of presumed consent laws on increasing donor rates. Continue reading “Presumed Consent in Organ Donation: a Silver Bullet for Nova Scotia?”