CBERN Atlantic Event: Ethics in Development Panel Discussion
A Panel discussion on November 28, 2012 explored the ethical considerations of the physical, economic, social and cultural development of Nova Scotia. The event, organized by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs (CCEPA) and CBERN Atlantic was webcast and can be viewed in its entirety below.
This presentation provided an opportunity to define some of the development challenges we face in Nova Scotia and through an ethical lens, discussed opportunities and roadblocks to growth through public participation in the conversation.
Dr. Edith Callaghan
- Professor, Environmental & Sustainability Studies, Acadia University (Moderator)
- President, Acadia University
- Director, School of Planning, Dalhousie University
- Executive Director, Nova Scotia Office of Immigration
- Senior corporate policy analyst, NS Dept. Policy and Priorities
The Ocean Ranger: Remaking the Promise of Oil (Halifax: Fernwood, 2012)
Dr. Susan Dodd's book, The Ocean Ranger: Remaking the Promise of Oil (Halifax: Fernwood, 2012), was launched in February 2012. The loss of 84 men with the Ocean Ranger oil rig off the coast of Newfoundland in February 1982 prompted a vigorous response from the socio-legal processes of liberal democracy. When the disaster made it shockingly evident that Canada and Newfoundland had failed to regulate the offshore oil industry, all the bureaucratic mechanisms of liberal democracy kicked into high gear in an effort to re-establish confidence in the legitimacy of governments, companies and legal systems.
This book considers the politics of how the story of the Ocean Ranger loss is being written into the history of Newfoundland, Canada, and the oil industry. Over time, the Ocean Ranger story is more and more a sad story about a bad storm and less and less a cautionary tale about governments' failure to regulate and corporations' negligence of public goods. Public inquiries, media coverage, and the payment of "blood money" have key roles in re-establishing confidence in the ability of liberal democracy to establish "truth" as well as the ongoing relations of exchange in collective life.
Cathy Driscoll Continues Research in Management, Spirituality, and Religion
(Saint Mary's University) is continuing her research with colleagues Dr. Beth Bruce (Atlantic School of Theology) and Dr. Elden Wiebe (Kings University College) in the area of management, spirituality, and religion. This work has been funded by a SSHRC Research Grant. Recent publications coming out of this project include:
Driscoll, C., Wiebe, E., & Dyck, B. Forthcoming. "Nature is Prior to Us: Applying Catholic Social Thought and Anabaptist-Mennonite Theology to the Ethics of Stakeholder Prioritization for the Natural Environment." Journal of Religion and Business Ethics, In press for 3(1).
Bell, E., Taylor, S., & Driscoll, C. Forthcoming."Varieties of organizational soul: The ethics of belief in organizations
This work is of interest to scholars of management, spirituality, and religion; critical management studies; and management/organizational studies in general. It should also appeal to managers of organizations striving to authentically integrate spirituality into their workplaces.
Presentation: Investing in Business Ethics Training and Support Systems as Strategic Human Resource Practice
CBERN Atlantic Members: Cathy Driscoll
, PhD, Saint Mary’s University and Margaret McKee
, PhD, Saint Mary’s University with colleagues Wendy Carroll, PhD, University of Prince Edward Island and Terry Wager, PhD, Saint Mary’s University attended the Annual Meeting of the Society of Business Ethics in Boston MA this August 3-5 to present recent work entitled: ‘Investing in Business Ethics Training and Support Systems as Strategic Human Resource Practice’ .
The presentation discussed how business scholars and practitioners consider formal ethics programs to be essential for building and fostering ethical climates and cultures in organizations. We examine the content and context of ethics training and development practices of a sample of top Canadian companies. Our findings indicate that a relatively small number of these companies are doing ethics training. In addition, half of those doing ethics training do not appear to be deeply committed to on-going training and education and strategically integrating formal cultural support systems with ethics training. Implications for research and practice are discussed.
Event Report: The Master Resource: Oil and the New Servitude
Our growing dependence on 'mechanical slaves' has fundamentally changed our understanding of work, economics, urban planning, gender and science argued author Andrew Nikiforuk
to an audience of 200 at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 16, 2012.
Nikiforuk who presented the third and final presentation of the series ‘The Elements: Ethical Uses of Our Resources: Food, Oil and Water’ presented by the
Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs
maintained that North America has become a society enslaved to the production and use of oil. The presentation entitled: ‘The Master Resource: Oil and the New Servitude’ previewed work from his forthcoming book: The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude
detailing how we have created a society no longer dependent on human slaves to fuel growth but rather oil and coal.
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