“Anybody who has come from a society where elections are fraught or unfair, I think the whole thing just brings back some horrible memories of a system that was completely flawed and led to permanent instability,” said Robert Austin, an associate professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.
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Daniel Buchman, a bioethicist at the UHN and University of Toronto professor, says that organ solicitation can be seen as unfair. In high-profile cases, there’s the risk of unwanted attention and breach of privacy; people might try to sell an organ to the recipient; and hospitals need to make sure that a flood of potential donors doesn’t take resources away from other patients waiting for a transplant.
An award-winning University of Toronto professor and researcher has been turning heads for her innovative work in stem cell science and drug delivery systems. Molly Shoichet, a professor in the department of chemical engineering and applied chemistry and the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering, won the 2016 Till & McCulloch Award, which recognizes Canadian stem cell researchers, for her studies related to the use of hydrogels for stem cell transplantation.
Pricing pot will be a delicate exercise in maximizing taxes while not driving buyers back to the black market. “They have to find that sweet spot in between,” says U of T PhD student Jenna Valleriani. “People have been purchasing off the black market for 20 years, 30 years. It’s going to be really difficult for them to walk into a store and purchase their cannabis legally.”