Vulnerable: The Law, Policy and Ethics of COVID-19.
Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2021

As recently stated by the Honourable Louis LeBel, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, the COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on various forms of insidious “social triage” resulting from persisting inequality in our societies. Vulnerable: The Law, Policy and Ethics of COVID-19 (PDF, 4.47 MB) was published in 2020 by the University of Ottawa Press. With an approach centred on the law, policy and ethics, it explores the multiple inequities exacerbated by the pandemic and by measures taken to stop it from spreading.

Hosted by Philippe Marcoux (Radio-Canada), the conference will reunite three of the authors who contributed to Vulnerable. It will examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the most vulnerable groups and individuals, from people living in poverty to precariously employed persons, seniors, Indigenous peoples and racialized persons.

Guest speakers:

  • Sophie Thériault, Full Professor and Vice-Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Law (Civil Law Section) at the University of Ottawa
  • Martine Lagacé, Professor in the Department of Communication, member of the LIFE Research Institute and Associate Vice-President, Research Promotion and Development at the University of Ottawa
  • Katherine Lippel, Full Professor in the Faculty of Law (Civil Law Section) and Distinguished Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law at the University of Ottawa

Thursday, January 21, 2021
6:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Library and Archives Canada will broadcast the event on its YouTube channels in English (with translation) and in French.