Health Sciences Building, 155 College Street, Room 574
  • October 23, 2019 from 4:10pm to 5:30pm

University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics Seminar Series 2019-20

Philip Hébert, MD, PhD, FCFPC, Professor Emeritus, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
Wayne Rosen, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FASCRS, Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Calgary, Co-chair, undergraduate medical ethics curriculum, Cummings School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Ezekiel Stephan was an 18-month-old child from Alberta who died in 2012. His parents were initially charged and found guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life. However, the verdict was overturned on appeal, and a subsequent trial arrived at a much different conclusion. In addition to reviewing the history and circumstances of this case, we will explore many of the issues raised by the Ezekiel’s death, including the limits of parental authority, alternative health care beliefs, and the protection of children. These topics are very germane in an era where increasing numbers of parents reject vaccinating their children and views about medical conspiracies proliferate.

These seminars are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Everyone is welcome either in person or via webcast.