CHSLDs in Court: Thoughts on Government’s and Managers’ Liability

by Lara Khoury, Associate Professor and Co-Convenor of the McGill Research Group on Health and Law, Faculty of Law, and Associate Member,  IHSP and BMEU (McGill)

This blog post offers a few thoughts on the potential liability of the government of Quebec and managers of CHSLDs in the province as a result of deficiencies revealed recently by the media, the Canadian military and other witnesses.


Enabling Cities: Lessening the Impacts of Covid-19 on the Urban Poor

by Honor Bixby, Banting Postdoctoral Research Fellow working under the supervision of IHSP Faculty Member, Prof. Jill Baumgartner

Poor and vulnerable communities in cities are among those most  impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. This post highlights some early examples of strategies implemented across housing, education, transport health and wellbeing with the aim to mitigate these impacts.



No place like home: Changing relationships of private and public space during COVID-19

by Annmarie Adams, Chair, Department of Social Studies of Medicine; Professor, Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture; and Associate Member IHSP.

This contribution will comprise observations on the changing relationships of private and public space during COVID-19.





COVID-19 in Canada and the United States: Comparing the Social Protection Responses

David Stobbe / Stobbe Photography

by Daniel Béland (McGill University), Shannon Dinan (Bishop’s University), Philip Rocco (Marquette University), and Alex Waddan (University of Leicester)

This blog entry explores early social protection responses to COVID-19 in Canada and the United States. It shows that the Canadian response has proved faster and bolder, on average.





The Return of the Welfare Landscape ? Remaking and Improving the Materiality of Redistributive Justice

by Nik Luka, Architecture and Urban Planning McGill University

This blog entry brings forth speculations on what COVID-19 can teach us about why it’s important to remember that the institutional and programmatic landscapes of health policy are also expressed in the materiality of the physical landscape.





Economic Inequality Fuels the Spread of COVID-19

by Frank Elgar, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Social Inequalities in Child Health, Department of Psychiatry and IHSP

As the COVID-19 pandemic engulfed the world during the Summer of 2020, it became apparent that lower-income individuals were feeling the brunt of its health and social impacts. COVID-19 is thriving on economic inequality between the rich and the poor and may deepen the class divide for years to come.

For further reading, see: The trouble with trust: Time-series analysis of social capital, income inequality, and COVID-19 deaths in 84 countries


An ethical analysis of COVID-19 impacts from a global child lens: It’s time to prioritize children’s rights!

by Sydney Campbell, Carlo Cicero Oneto, Manav Preet Singh Saini, Nona Attaran, Nora Makansi, Raissa Passos Dos Santos, Shilni Pukuma, Franco A Carnevale

This analysis relies on a global child lens to assess the ways in which young people in several resource-limited nations have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors draw from children’s rights and justice-based literatures to construct an ethical analysis of these impacts and to provide evidence-informed recommendations for ways forward.



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