Health Canada approves abortion pill—Will controversy follow?
You may have recently heard that the abortion pill has recently been approved by Health Canada. Known more appropriately as drug RU-486, this medication has been cleared for Canada, allowing women to take a pill that induces a miscarriage.
The RU-486 medication has already been available in 57 other countries. Specifically, the drug has been readily available for a quarter of a century in France and Britain. The pill has been available in the United States since 2000.
Made by Linepharma International Limited, the pill will be sold under the brand name Mifegymiso throughout Canada. However, while some countries do allow for the drug to be dispensed by pharmacists, Health Canada has made a ruling that will require women to get a prescription from their doctor before they can make a purchase.
A spokesperson for Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose has had this to say on the issue: “Drug approval decisions are arms-length decisions made by Health Canada officials based on analysis by Health Canada scientists.”
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The RU-486 drug works by blocking the production of progesterone, which is a hormone that is needed in order for a pregnancy to take place. Experts in the medical reproductive industry have referred to the pill as the best known option for abortion. Therefore, getting the drug approved in Canada has been on the agenda for quite some time.
However, not everyone in the country is in favor for the abortion pill. As you can imagine, the approval of this drug has caused a bit of a stir in Canada.
Particularly, Campaign Life Coalition, an anti-abortion rights group, has recently called for the federal government and Ambrose to stop distributing the drug. As well, other pro-life organizations have jumped on the bandwagon, hoping to get the legal ruling overturned.
Furthermore, National President of Campaign Life Coalition Jim Hughes has said this on the matter: “We have fought against this drug coming into Canada since 1999 in order to safeguard the health of women and save unborn children from early deaths.”
This quite seems a little ironic, though. For starters, a man is implying he knows what’s best for women. But shouldn’t it be believed that a woman knows what’s best for her and her body? Sure, there is definitely a gray area to this whole subject, but at the end of the day, should women be responsible for their own decisions, as well as their own bodies?
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[SOURCE: Global News]
Marketing matters: from IBM to Kyndryl
Prior to joining Kyndryl as Chief Marketing Officer, Maria had a 25-year career at IBM, most recently as the tech giant’s CMO where she oversaw all marketing professionals and activities across North America, Canada and Latin America. She has held senior global marketing positions in a variety of disciplines and business units across IBM, most notably strategic initiatives in Smarter Cities and Watson Customer Engagement, as well as leading teams in services, business analytics, and mobile and industry solutions. She is known for her work with teams to leverage data, analytics and cloud technologies to build deeper engagements with customers and partners.
With a passion for marketing, business and people, and a recognized expert in data-driven marketing and brand engagement, Maria talks to Business Chief about her new role, her leadership style and what success means to her.
You've recently moved from IBM to Kyndryl, joining as CMO. Tell us about this exciting new role?
I’m Chief Marketing Officer for Kyndryl, the independent company that will be created following the separation from IBM of its Managed Infrastructure Services business, expected to occur by the end of 2021. My role is to plan, develop, and execute Kyndryl's marketing and advertising initiatives. This includes building a company culture and brand identity on which we base our marketing and advertising strategy.
We have an amazing opportunity ahead at Kyndryl to create a company brand that will stand apart in the market by leading with our people first. Once we are an independent company, each Kyndryl employee will advance the vital systems that power human progress. Our people are devoted, restless, empathetic, and anticipatory – key qualities needed as we build on existing customer relationships and cultivate new ones. Our people are at the heart of this business and I am deeply hopeful and excited for our future.
What experiences have helped prepare you for this new opportunity?
I’ve had a very rich and diverse career history at IBM that has lasted 25+ years. I started out in sales but landed explored opportunities at IBM in different roles, business units, geographies, and functions. Marketing and business are my passions and I landed on Marketing because it allowed me to utilize both my left and right brain, bringing together art and science. In college, I was no tonly a business major, but an art major. I love marketing because I can leverage my extensive knowledge of business, while also being able to think openly and creatively.
The opportunities I was given during my time at IBM and my natural curiosity have led me to the path I’m on now and there’s no better next career step than a once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity to help launch a company. The core of my role at Kyndryl is to create a culture centered on our people and growing up in my career at IBM has allowed me to see first-hand how to prioritize people and ensure they are at the heart of progress in everything Kyndryl will do.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I believe that people aren't your greatest assets, they are your only assets. My platform and background for leadership has always been grounded in authenticity to who I am and centered on diversity and inclusion. I immigrated to the US from Chile when I was 10 years old and so I know the power and beauty that comes from leaning into what makes you different from other people, and that's what I want every person in my marketing organization to feel – the value in bringing their most authentic self to work every day. The way our employees feel when they show up for themselves authentically is how they will also show up for our customers, and strong relationships drive growth.
I think this is especially true in light of a world forever changed by the pandemic. Living through such an unprecedented time has reinforced that we are all humans. We can't lead or care for one another without empathy and I think leaders everywhere have been reminded of this.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
When I was growing up as an immigrant in North Carolina, I often wanted to be just like everyone else. But my mother always told me: Be unique, be memorable – you have an authentic view and experience of the world that no one else will ever have, so don't try to be anyone else but you.
What does success look like to you?
I think the concept of success is multi-faceted. From a career perspective, being in a job where you're respected and appreciated, and where you can see how your contributions are providing value by motivating your teams to be better – that's success! From a personal perspective, there is no greater accomplishment than investing in the next generation. I love mentoring younger professionals – they are the future. I want my legacy as a leader to include providing value in work culture, but also in leaving a personal impact on the lives of professionals who will carry the workforce forward. Finding a position in life with a job and company that offers me a chance at all of that is what success looks like to me.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
I've always been a naturally curious person and it's easy for me to over-commit to projects that pique my interest. I've learned over years of practice how to manage that, so to my younger self I’d say… prioritize the things that are most important, and then become amazing at those things.