Please Join Us for Our Upcoming January Event

Public Health, Public Money, Private Morals?


Saturday, January 13, 2018 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Bennett Jones Lecture Theathre (MFH 2370), University of Calgary

Physican assisted dying, abortions, the morning after pill, voluntary sterilization, birth control, LGBT partner rights, and many other basic health choices may not be offered or simply blocked by some health organizations due to their covenants.

A covenant is a contract between an employer and employee that restricts the types of actions the employee can undertake. They are often based on moral principles based on particular religious beliefs. When covenants occur in public health car, they can have implications for the types of service offered to and received by the public.

How far can covenants go? How obliged are employees to follow the covenants? What are the rights that people may loose if they join with, or seek services from, an organization with specific covenants?

The many questions arising from covenants are endless and will be discussed with three panels, each with a panel of presenters followed by panel and audience discussion:

Panel 1: Introduction & Social and Political Issues regarding Covenants in Health Care, 12:00pm to 1:15pm. Panelists are:

David Swann
David Swann was elected to his fourth term as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the constituency of Calgary-Mountain View on May 5, 2015. From December 15, 2008 to September 12, 2011, Dr. Swann served as leader of the Alberta Liberal caucus, Her Majesty’s Official Opposition. He currently serves as a member of the Standing Committee on Families and Communities. He previously served as critic for Health and Wellness and Executive Council. Additionally, Dr. Swann served as a member of the following Standing Committees: Select Special Ethics and Accountability, Public Health and Safety, Private Bills, Families and Communities, Privileges and Elections, and Standing Orders and Printing.


June Churchill
June Churchill MSW RSW is a retired Clinical Social Worker who has for 40 years provided mental health and community counselling and therapy. For the last 5 years of her career she was a counsellor for the Older Adult Team with Calgary Family Services (Carya). Since retiring 5 years ago she became active in the Calgary Chapter of Dying with Dignity. She has presented many workshops on Assisted Dying both before and after Bill C 14 (2016) which made Medical Assistance in Dying a legal option for those who meet the very specific criteria regarding end of life conditions.

Panel 2: Moral & Philosophical Issues regarding Covenants in Health Care, 1:15pm to 2:30pm. Panelists are:

Gary Bauslaugh
Gary Bauslaugh is a Victoria writer whose most recent book, The Right to Die, was published in 2016 by James Lorimer and Co., Toronto. He has also written or edited books about Robert Latimer, Canadian law, university education, Shakespeare and humanism. He has a PhD in Chemistry, was a post-secondary administrator for many years, and edited the magazine Humanist Perspectives for five years. He has published articles and essays in many different magazines and newspapers.


Michael Stingl
Michael Stingl is a faculty member in the Philosophy Department at the University of Lethbridge. He has an Honours BA (Madison), MA, and PhD (Toronto). He has a SSHRC Postdoctoral position at the University of Calgary and Visiting Professor at Rice University. He began teaching at Lethbridge in 1989 and was a founding member of the Women and Gender Studies Department. He is Chair of the Community Research Committee of the Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta (HREBA-CHC) and former Editorial Board Coordinator of the Canadian Journal of Philosophy (CJP). Has also sat on the Lethbridge Health Region Ethics Committee and on the board of the Provincial Health Ethics Network (PHEN) and Past Chair of the Philosophy Department and past Coordinator of the Liberal Education Program at the University of Lethbridge.


Part 3: Legal Issues regarding Covenants in Health Care, 2:30 pm to 4:00pm. Panelists are:


Linda McKay-Panos
Linda is the Executive Director of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre. She taught Language Arts and Social Studies with the Calgary Board of Education for 7 years before returning to university to obtain a Law Degree. She practiced law for a time, before joining the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre in 1992 as a Research Associate. Linda is a sessional instructor in the Faculties of Arts and Law at the University of Calgary. Linda received her Bachelor of Education, Juris Doctor and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Calgary. Linda is the Past President of the Alberta Association for Multicultural Education and the Past President of the Public Legal Education Network of Alberta. Linda is the author of several publications dealing with civil liberties, access to information, human rights, discrimination, equality and related topics. Linda received the 2001 Suzanne Mah Award, an Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 and was selected in 2017 to be celebrated by YW she who dares Canada 150 Project for her work in human rights in Alberta.


Janet Keeping
Janet Keeping was the Leader of the Green Party of Alberta from 2012 to 2017. She attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning a B.S. in architecture in 1971, and then studied environmental design. Keeping moved from Boston to Calgary in 1973 and earned a master’s degree in philosophy prior to being admitted to the law school at the University of Calgary, where she graduated with a first law degree in 1981. Keeping co-founded the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre where she was its first Executive Director and was, from 1984 to 2006, a Research Fellow at the Canadian Institute of Resources Law (CIRL), housed at The Faculty of Law, University of Calgary. While at CIRL Janet Keeping was Director of Russian Programs and led several studies funded by the Canadian International Development Agency in which she visited Russia and collaborated with Russian lawyers and scholars. Additionally, she was President of the Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership at the Centre for Constitutional Studies from 2006 to 2012. Janet Keeping has lectured at The Faculty of Law, University of Calgary and was named honorary professor at the Faculty of Law, Tyumen State University during her time there as CIRL’s Director of Russian Programs. In recognition of her legal work and scholarship, Keeping was awarded the Medal of Service by the Academic Council of Tomsk State University.


Olivier Fauldauer
Olivier Fauldauer is a private legal practioner with Aarbo Fuldhauer LLP. Olivier has been practicing law for over 19 years in British Columbia and Alberta. A graduate of Dalhousie University’s Law School, Olivier’s practice focuses on business law, family law, wills and estates, and civil litigation . Olivier has handled a wide variety of cases including most recently precedent-setting health law cases.


Thanks to the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre for co-hosting this event.