Current and Upcoming


Bioethics Works in Progress Session (WIPS) -- 2021-2022 Academic Year

Unless otherwise noted, these are held at noon. Location (in-person or videoconference) is still in flux. This schedule will be updated accordingly.

Everybody is welcome.

If you'd like to be added to our mailing list to receive reminders about Bioethics WIPS and similar events, simply drop an email to Tamatha with that request.

September 13, 2021 -- Journal Club
October 18 (11th is Thanksgiving) -- Journal Club
November 8, 2021 --  -- -- --

January 10, 2022 -- Journal Club
February 14, 2022 -- Marika Warren
March 14, 2022 -- Journal Club
April 11, 2022 -- CANCELLED
May 9, 2022
June 13, 2022
July 11, 2022 -- Tim Holland
August 8, 2022




Patient Information posted at the Nova Scotia Health Website

We're also posting it here, to make it easier to find. They will open in separate windows.

Patient and Family Ethics Tool

Informed choice



Bioethics events elsewhere



Health Law Institute Seminar Series - 2021-2022

Please check out the poster for dates, speakers, and topics. It's a PDF file and will open in a separate window.




Recent Events, here and elsewhere


Bioethics Works in Progress Sessions (WIPS)
2020-2021 Academic Year

Unless otherwise noted, these are held at noon via MS Teams videoconference, and the link is sent out be email. If you're not on our mailing list and wold like to attend, send Tamatha an email and she'll send you the link.

Everybody is welcome.

If you'd like to be added to our mailing list, to receive reminders of Bioethics WIPS and similar events, simply send an email to Tamatha with that request.

September 14, 2020 - Presenter: Journal Club
October 19, 2020 - Presenter: Journal Club
November 9, 2020 - Presenter: Journal Club

January 11, 2021 - Presenter: Tim Holland
February 8, 2021 - Presenter: Ben Capps
March 8, 2021 - Presenter: Journal Club
April 12, 2021 - Presenter: Journal Club
May 10, 2021 - Presenter: cancelled
June 14, 2021 - Presenter: --
July 12, 2021 - Presenters: Lisbeth Witthoefft Nielsen and Jeff Kirby

Thanks to Jeff Kirby, who has facilitated the Journal Club sessions for the past several years. And welcome to Lisbeth Witthofft Nielsen who has agreed to take over that task.

Global Bioethics Online Program

June 21-26, 2021
Click here to go to website (will open in a new window).

Dear Friends/Colleagues,

Please do take several minutes from your very busy schedule and forward the call for applications below. Graduate certificates are available.

Global Bioethics Initiative has been associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) since December 2014. DPI aims at facilitating the exchange of information and the development of partnerships within the United Nations as well as with nonprofit organizations around the world.

The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations nominated Global Bioethics Initiative for Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the United Nation’s central platform for debate, reflection, and innovative thinking on sustainable development. GBI is one of only a few organizations to receive such a status. In this capacity, GBI will be able to offer policy recommendations directly to those who craft and initiate legislation and participate in intergovernmental meetings of the United Nations.

Ana Lita PhD


Global Bioethics Initiative (GBI) invites students and professionals worldwide to attend the International Bioethics Summer School Online, June 21-26 2021.

The program includes a series of lectures and seminars, film screenings, webinars and guest speakers. The faculty is comprised of notable scholars who lecture and conduct seminars on various topics including Covid-19 vaccines, drug development, end-of-life and palliative care, research ethics, reproductive and sexual rights, as well as bioethics and pandemics.

The annual summer school attracts participants from a diverse array of cultural and educational backgrounds. The program provides participants with the opportunity to acquire knowledge of global bioethics, gain debating skills, interact with colleagues from around the world and network with experts in the field.

GBI is offering select partial scholarships (deadline extended) to qualifying participants from low-income countries, as well as graduation certificates. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2021.

If you are interested in applying, click here for eligibility.



Health Law and Policy Seminar Series

The Dalhousie Health Law Institute hosts an extremely popular series of seminars that are open to the public and attracts a broad audience from across the university, government, and health care communities. Invited scholars and practitioners share their knowledge and reflections on the latest health law and policy issues.

Our complete 2020-21 series schedule is attached. All Welcome!

Welcoming Lori Lawson

We're happy to welcome Lori Lawson to Dalhousie University and the Department of Bioethics as our Administrator, while Cheryl's with CIHR. Lori comes to us from a law firm in Toronto. She is also the new Administrator for the Department of Pharmacology.

Welcome aboard, Lori! We're happy to have you with us.




Bioethics Works in Progress Sessions (WIPS)
2019-2020 Academic Year

Unless otherwise noted, these are held at noon in room G-36.
Everybody is welcome.
If you'd like to attend by videoconference, please advise Tamatha at least one week in advance, so she can make the arrangements.
Also, if you'd like to be added to our mailing list, to receive reminders of Bioethics WIPS and similar events, simply send an email to Tamatha with that request.

September 9, 2019 - Presenter: Journal Club (cancelled due to Hurricane Dorian)
October 7, 2019 - Presenter: Journal Club
November 18, 2019 - Presenter: Lynette Reid

January 13, 2020 - Presenter:
February 10, 2020 - Presenter:
March 10, 2020 - in B-A3 - Presenter: Marika Warren
April 13, 2020 - Presenter: cancelled
May 11, 2020 - Presenter: Lynette Reid
June 8, 2020 - Presenter: Jeff Kirby
July 13, 2020 - Journal Club
August 10, 2020 - Presenter: Sharon Batt (via videoconference)


October Dal Med Innovator -- Dr. Nuala Kenny

2018 is the year we celebrate the founding of Dalhousie Medical School in 1868 — and over 150 years of excellence in education, research and service in the Maritimes.

We will be featuring 12 pioneers as part of our Dal Med Innovators signature 150th initiative over the course of 2018. Each of the 12 short stories will convey the impact that each innovator has had on the field of health care within the faculty, and on a global scale.

Our October Dal Med Innovator is Dr. Nuala Kenny; a pioneer in the emerging field of bioethics in the twenty years that followed her 1967 arrival at Dalhousie Medical School.

A clerkship rotation in pediatric medicine supervised by Dr. Richard Goldbloom propelled Dr. Kenny into a career in pediatrics. She took on the role of Director of Regional Pediatrics with Dalhousie and the IWK, offering consultation clinics in smaller communities across Nova Scotia. After leaving Nova Scotia for Ontario in the mid-1980s, Dr. Kenny returned to Dalhousie as professor, Head and Chief of Pediatrics. In 1996, she was elected to Chair the newly-created Department of Bioethics, which continues to lead the discussion on ethical challenges in modern medicine and bioethics in Canada and around the world.

I invite you to read more about Dr. Kenny's and our previous Innovators' contributions and achievements here.

Welcoming Amanda Porter, PhD - Our newest faculty member

On behalf of the Department of Bioethics, we are very pleased to welcome our newest faculty member Amanda Porter as Assistant Professor and Health Care Ethicist. Amanda joins our Ethics Collaborations Team in providing ethics support for the IWK Health Centre, the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the Nova Scotia Health Ethics Network; and also will be involved in teaching a variety of learners in medicine and other health professions. She has a PhD in philosophy and worked as an Ethicist with Alberta Health Services for 4 years. Most recently, Amanda worked with the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists as a Policy Analyst. Learn more about Amanda here.



Congratulations to Sr. Nuala Kenny SC

CPA 2018 award winner

Seven Novalis books were among the winners honoured during the 2018 awards banquet of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada held June 15 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

“We congratulate all our authors and illustrators for their well-deserved accolades,” said Novalis Publishing Director Joseph Sinasac. “Their work competed against some of the top religious writers in North America and beyond.”

In the pastoral ministry category, first place went to Sr. Nuala Kenny SC for her book, Rediscovering the Art of Dying: How Jesus’ Experience and Our Stories Reveal a New Vision of Compassionate Care, copublished in the United States by Twenty Third Publications.

Judge’s remarks: This is a superb exploration on a very critical topic in the lives of believers today: the experience of dying. The author confronts the modern attempts to camouflage the reality of death with political and medical interventions and challenges the current ideology with her compassion as a physician and the Church’s theology of the Paschal Mystery. Her insights are rooted in real life experiences that any reader can relate to and learn from.


For more information about her book, check out the blurb on our publications page.


Congratulations to Tim Holland, the new President of Doctors Nova Scotia

Congratulations and best wishes to our very own Tim Holland in his new role as President of Doctors Nova Scotia. Tim has a refugee practice in Halifax, a family practice in Indian Brook, and is an emergency doctor in Colchester. Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, and cross-appointed to Bioethics, you can read more about him on his faculty profile page.

He has taken "the helm of the physicians group as Nova Scotia deals with a number of health-care issues, from a doctor shortage to low morale among doctors." (from Jennifer Ludlow's CBC article, linked below)

Read Jennifer Ludlow's CBC piece about his focus on tackling the physician shortage in Nova Scotia. [opens in a new window]



Bioethics Works in Progress Sessions (WIPS)
2018-2019 Academic Year

Unless otherwise noted, these are held at noon in room G-36.
Everybody is welcome.
If you'd like to attend by videoconference, please advise Tamatha at least one week in advance, so she can make the arrangements.
Also, if you'd like to be added to our mailing list, to receive reminders of Bioethics WIPS and similar events, simply send an email to Tamatha with that request.

October 15, 2018 - in Tupper 2L3 - Presenter: Jeff Kirby
November 19, 2018 - Presenter: Journal Club

January 14, 2019 - Presenter: Marika Warren
February 11, 2019 - Presenter: Journal Club
March 11, 2019 - Presenter: Ben Capps
April 8, 2019 - Presenter: Journal Club
May 13, 2019 - Presenter: Journal Club
June 10, 2019 - Presenter: Journal Club (Amanda Porter's presentation has been postponed)

July 22, 2019 - Presenter: Journal Club