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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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.

Wednesday Mar 23, 2022

Pandemic Ethics Scholar Dr. Julie Ponesse is joined by Wilfrid Laurier University Professor David M. Haskell to discuss Bill 67: An Act to amend various Acts with respect to racial equity.

Wednesday Mar 09, 2022

Dr. Julie Ponesse is joined by law professor and Rights Probe Executive Director Bruce Pardy to discuss the state of freedom in Canada, why autonomy and civil liberties have lost their footing, and where the collectivist approach to law came from.   About Bruce: https://www.rightsprobe.org/about

Friday Mar 04, 2022

The Democracy Fund is inviting young Canadians interested in pursuing a career in journalism to attend our Student Journalism Conference, May 6 - 8, 2022. The conference will be held in the Greater Toronto Area, and successful applicants will have their travel expenses covered. The conference is an equal-opportunity, non-discriminatory event, and students who are unable to fly to Toronto will be accommodated via video link. The theme of the conference is: Canadian Civil Liberties in Challenging Times.

Friday Mar 04, 2022

Pandemic Ethics Scholar Dr. Julie Ponesse discusses the ethics of cancel culture.

Friday Mar 04, 2022

Pandemic Ethics Scholar Dr. Julie Ponesse breaks down and reacts to a key judgement by Justice A. Pazaratz ruling in favour of a mother who doesn't want the Covid-19 vaccine for her kids. Crucially, Pazaratz explains that it's not illegal to question your government and think critically.

Friday Mar 04, 2022

Pandemic Ethics Scholar Dr. Julie Ponesse sits down with Dr. Barry Engelhardt to discuss what he saw in Ottawa during the Freedom Convoy and how things have shifted in Canada since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr. Engelhardt is a retired physician after 35 years in family medicine, UFT graduate with a masters in bio ethics and is a book author.

Friday Mar 04, 2022

The Canadian Constitution doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. It seems to be often overlooked and with PM Justin Trudeau invoking The Emergencies Act on Feb. 14, 2022, some Canadians may not be aware of what their rights are. Pandemic Ethics Scholar Dr. Julie Ponesse reads the Constitution Act 1982, Part 1: Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and explains why the Canadian Constitution is so important.

Friday Mar 04, 2022

Alan Honner is the Senior Litigator at The Democracy Fund. Alan sat down with our Pandemic Ethics Scholar Dr. Julie Ponesse to go over what exactly The Emergencies Act is, why we have it, if it is appropriate to invoke in our current state, and what we can do to fight it.

Friday Feb 25, 2022

My Choice: The Ethical Case Against Covid-19 Vaccine Mandates audiobook coming soon! Stay tuned!

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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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