More Questions Than Answers

Dr. Julie Ponesse has a PhD in Philosophy (Western, 2008) with areas of specialization in ethics and ancient philosophy. She has a Masters in Philosophy with Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics from the University of Toronto and a Diploma in Ethics from the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. In the fall of 2021, Dr. Julie Ponesse saw her academic career of 20 years fall apart after she refused to comply with a Canadian university’s COVID vaccine mandate. Dr Ponesse now works for The Democracy Fund as the Pandemic Ethics Scholar which allows to have interesting conversations with interesting people where no questions or topics are taboo. Where they aren’t afraid to work through the thoughts on our minds. No cancelling, no censoring, no holding back for fear of what others might say or do to us. No shutting down or shying away. Just honest, open, rigorous conversation about the big issues that are interesting and concerning us today. ”It seems like we no longer have the skills or grace to tolerate uncomfortable questions or open discussion. We seem only to want ’black and white’ solutions to grey problems. Open-ended questions, more questions than answers. These are the things that appeal to me. That’s my comfort zone.”– Dr. Julie Ponesse

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7 days ago

Ethics Scholar Dr. Julie Ponesse speaks with viral immunologist Dr. Byram Bridle about the recent CMAJ article and how its implications and assumptions lead to contradictions, erroneous outcomes and stigmatization. The CMAJ article was published on April 25, 2022 titled, "Impact of population mixing between vaccinated and unvaccinated subpopulations on infectious disease dynamics: implications for SARS-CoV-2 transmission.”

Wednesday May 11, 2022

Ethics Scholar Dr. Julie Ponesse speaks with TDF's new Historian in Residence Conrad Black about the current state of democracy, why he joined TDF and the history of civil liberties in Canada. Black will be involved in a number of events including a public speaking series with distinguished guests titled, The History of Civil Liberties in Canada, as well as a series of video vignettes and a book publication. During this conversation, Black describes his growing concern around the state of democracy in Canada, the increase in arbitrary state authority affecting laws and regulations, and the gradual decline of a variety of opinions and viewpoints being expressed in the media with a growing authoritarian soft left influence taking hold.

Wednesday May 04, 2022

Ethics scholar Dr. Julie Ponesse speaks with Sharlene Styles, a holistic nutritionist offering transformational coaching and nutritional counseling, about the mind, body and spiritual components that work together to make up an individual’s overall health. They discuss the connection between mental, emotional and physical health and some of the more prevalent health issues Sharlene has been seeing in her practice over the course of the pandemic including more weight gain, depression, burnout and chronic fatigue.

Wednesday Apr 27, 2022

Dr. Julie Ponesse is joined by Medical Ethicist, Dr. Aaron Kheiraty, to examine some of the concerns around the research and safety signals related to the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Dr. Kheriaty Senior Fellow and Director of the Program in Health and Human Flourishing at the Zephyr Institute, Fellow and Director of the Bioethics and American Democracy Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and Scholar at the Paul Ramsey Institute. He also serves on the advisory board at the Simone Weil Center for Political Philosophy. He is former Professor of Psychiatry at UCI School of Medicine and served as Director of the Medical Ethics Program at UCI Health for many years.

Tuesday Apr 26, 2022

On March 16, 2022, I spoke with Dennis Prager, renowned broadcaster, New York Times bestselling author, scholar and co-founder of PragerU, as well as Amala Ekpunobi, PragerU’s hit personality and conservative influencer, at our civil liberties town hall event. We discussed freedom, tribalism, racism, groupthink and so much more! 

Monday Apr 18, 2022

Dr. Julie Ponesse is joined by the Honourable Brian Peckford who is the last living contributor who helped craft the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Brian Peckford then served as the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador for nearly a decade. He is also an author, former minister, and notable member of the PC Party.

Monday Apr 11, 2022

Dr. Julie Ponesse is joined by Dr. Eric Payne who breaks down and explains what we have learned from the recently released Pfizer data. Dr. Payne is a Canadian Paediatric Neurologist and researcher who completed his medical training at the University of Calgary, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and Harvard University.

Thursday Apr 07, 2022

Dr. Julie Ponesse is joined by political cartoonist Bob Moran. Bob was fired from his job at the Telegraph due to his views on the current mainstream narrative. Since then, Bob has joined us at The Democracy Fund where he creates cartoons that we make available for free publication use! See Bob's work here: https://www.thedemocracyfund.ca/bob_moran_gallery

Wednesday Mar 30, 2022

Dr. Julie Ponesse caught up with Canadian Armed Forces veteran James Topp who is walking across Canada to protest against Covid-19 mandates. Learn more about Topp's mission here: https://www.canadamarches.ca/

Monday Mar 28, 2022

Dr. Julie Ponesse is joined again by Trudeau's ex-sniper Cpl. Danny Bulford who left his position at the RCMP and ended up being a key organizer in the Freedom Convoy 2022 in Ottawa, Ontario. Bulford dives deep into the planning and hurtles they faced that led up to his eventual arrest because of his role in the trucker convoy.

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My Choice: The Ethical Case Against Covid-19 Vaccine Mandates

In the fall of 2021, Dr. Julie Ponesse saw her academic career of 20 years fall apart after she refused to comply with a Canadian university's COVID vaccine mandate.

This is her account of the battle and its aftermath, written with passion and intelligence. But Dr. Ponesse's story travels beyond the personal and examines the ethical and philosophical dimensions of our pandemic response.

If there is anyone out there who feels alone in the struggle to preserve personal choice and freedom, this book offers some very human advice on how to move forward and makes it clear that your voice deserves to be heard.

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About Dr. Julie Ponesse

Julie Ponesse has a PhD in Philosophy (Western, 2008) with areas of specialization in ethics and ancient philosophy. She has a Masters in Bioethics from the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto and a Diploma in Ethics from the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. She has published in the areas of ancient philosophy, ethical theory, and applied ethics, and has taught at universities in Canada and the US for 20 years.

Since the fall of 2021, Dr. Ponesse has joined The Democracy Fund as the Pandemic Ethics Scholar focussing on educating the public on civil liberties.

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