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The Ethics of Evacuation

November 27, 2017

Scotiabank Theatre

Saint Mary’s University


Dr. Sheri Fink – Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist, New York Times


When natural disasters and violent events strike, who gets saved first, who gets medical resources and who doesn’t, and how are end-of-life decisions made?  Drawing on compelling stories from recent events, including Hurricane Katrina and several mass shootings, New York Times correspondent Sheri Fink will explore the ethical minefields of emergency response. In the lead up to the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, Fink will discuss the critical role of preparedness and how thinking of these difficult issues may be the most important ethical imperative of all. Her March 2010 article “The Deadly Choices at Memorial” was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Journalism.

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Presented by The MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance, and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs (CCEPA) with the support of Saint Mary’s University Office of the President, Halifax Region Fire and Emergency, Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs, and Dalhousie University Office of the President.