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Activity 1.5
Some Critical Thoughts

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After taking the time to research the SARS crisis and referring to the Quarantine Act and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, take some time to consider and discuss the following questions. This can be done as a group, or selected questions can be assigned to different small groups. The questions can be used as a debate, or individually as essay topics. Students may refer to the work from previous activities and to sites from Activity Resources to support their points.

  1. Should any rights of citizens be compromised to protect their health? Which, if any? Why?
  2. How far should the government go in order to protect the health and safety of its citizens? How should this be decided? Who should have the final say?
  3. What if someone in Canada isn't a citizen? Would this change how they are treated during times of epidemics, etc.? Should it? Why, or why not?

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