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The cross a poignant symbol that marks tragedy and hope

Gordon Self

August 26, 2013

The summer months are nearing an end, and by now many readers will have traveled hundreds or even thousands of kilometres on vacation road trips to beautiful places across the country. In Alberta especially, many scenic highways offer breathtaking views along the way that are as spectacular as the traveler's destination itself.

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Ethics play a part in our everyday lives

Gordon Self

June 24, 2013

At a conference last year I tried to take to heart plenary speaker Sister Helen Prejean's words of challenge. I say, "try" as I wondered if I would have the same spirit of compassion and forgiveness under the same circumstances she witnessed.

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Angel cradles affirm worth of every person

Gordon Self

May 27, 2013

Earlier this month, Covenant Health opened two newborn safe havens in Edmonton at the Misericordia and Grey Nuns Community Hospitals. They are the first newborn safe havens in Alberta, intended to augment the existing safety net and to help prevent unsafe abandonment that threatens the life, dignity and respect owed to vulnerable newborns.

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Decisions must stand ethical scrutiny over the long term

Gordon Self

April 29, 2013

I have spent a lot of free evenings and weekends lately on kitchen renovations. It is rewarding to use my hands to create something new.

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Speak up, tell loved ones what you want for end of life care

Gordon Self

March 25, 2013

One of my former English literature professors used to say that you can tell a society's hangups by its swear words. If this is true, I leave it to the readers' imagination to consider where our own societal discomforts may lie.

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In a wired world, personal privacy often in jeopardy

Gordon Self

February 25, 2013

A number of years ago my wife and I and our youngest daughter went to New York City and visited the Empire State Building. While up on the crowded observation deck with cameras in tow, I noticed a woman who looked very familiar, there with her own young children.

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Ethical reflection is an everyday task

Gordon Self

January 28, 2013

There is a saying that "good ethics is good business." In 2007, our senior leadership team developed a policy to address the ethical issues related to accommodating special requests. We wanted to define for our staff and physicians how best to respond if asked to accommodate a person of VIP status.

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Public rallies because of respect for diversity

Gordon Self

December 24, 2012

In 1979 I befriended a young refugee family. They were one of thousands of "boat people" who fled their country after the Vietnam War. They were grateful for not only surviving the perilous journey on the sea but being able to settle in Canada where they have since flourished.

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Health Ethics Guide urges us to take care of our life and health

Gordon Self

November 26, 2012

The new 2012 Health Ethics Guide is finally here, and Catholic health care institutions across Canada are busy rolling it out. Covenant Health has been busy with their own education to staff and physicians, including sessions with faith communities.

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Spreading germs ignites moral outrage

Gordon Self

October 22, 2012

Is it time to get mad?" The question was posed during a recent multispecialty rounds at Covenant Health.

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