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The Dalhousie University dentistry building is seen in Halifax on Jan. 6, 2015. Male dentistry students from Dalhousie University who participated in a Facebook page that contained sexually violent content about female classmates have expressed remorse in an open letter to the community. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Suspensions lifted for men in Dalhousie dentistry Facebook page

Dalhousie University in Halifax has decided to allow 12 male dentistry students to return to clinical practice less than two months after they were suspended for allegedly participating in a Facebook page that contained sexually violent content about female classmates. In a statement released late Monday, university president Richard Florizone said the school's academic standards class committee …

  • BDSM in Canada is 50 shades of legal grey

    Under current Canadian law a person cannot consent to physical harm, says University of Toronto law professor Brenda Cossman, though there are a few obvious exceptions. Tattooing, piercing and other kinds of body modification are also accepted because they are seen to have cultural value. "Bodily harm is defined as something …

  • Ontario Tories distance themselves from … The Canadian Press - Wed, 25 Feb, 2015
    Ontario Tory MPP says he doesn't believe in evolution

    An Ontario Tory's statement that he doesn't believe in evolution has puzzled and frustrated his fellow Conservatives who admitted Wednesday that stance doesn't help a party trying to rebuild after four consecutive election defeats. Nicholls's heckle during debate on an updated sex-education curriculum was greeted with …

  • CBC-TV doc 'Transforming Gender' … The Canadian Press - Wed, 25 Feb, 2015
    Dr. Carys Massarella, a transgender Canadian physician who appears in the new CBC-TV documentary "Transforming Gender," is shown in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

    Transgenderism has been prevalent in the headlines lately, with transgender characters on TV shows including "Orange is the New Black" and "Transparent," and speculation over Olympic legend Bruce Jenner's gender identity. Dr. Carys Massarella, a transgender Canadian physician who appears in the new CBC-TV documentary "Transforming …

  • AIDS drug taken before and after sex … The Canadian Press - Tue, 24 Feb, 2015
    FILE - In this Thursday, May 10, 2012 file photo, a doctor holds Truvada pills at her office in San Francisco. A study released Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 shows that the drug, used to treat HIV infection, also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men. The study, done in France and Canada, is the first to test "on demand" use of Truvada, a pill combining two AIDS drugs, by people planning to have risky sex. The uninfected men who took it were 86 percent less likely to get HIV compared to men given dummy pills. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men. The results offer hope of a more appealing way to help prevent the disease beyond taking daily pills and using condoms, although those methods are still considered best.  …

  • Highlights from Ontario's new health … The Canadian Press - Mon, 23 Feb, 2015
    Ontario Education Minister Liz Sandals presents the revised Health and Physical Education curriculum at a press conference at Queen's Park in Toronto, Monday, February 23, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Galit Rodan

    Grade 3: Identify the characteristics of healthy relationships, including those with friends, siblings and parents. Describe how visible differences, such as skin colour, and invisible differences, including gender identity and sexual orientation, make each person unique. Demonstrate an understanding of personal hygienic …

  • Ontario revises sex education curriculum … The Canadian Press - Mon, 23 Feb, 2015
    Sex ed

    Ontario kids as young as six will learn about consent while eight-year-olds will be taught about same-sex relationships under a revamped sex-education curriculum the province released Monday. The document — last updated in 1998 before smartphones were invented — brings Ontario in line with other provinces, Education Minister …

  • New Ontario sex ed curriculum ready for September

    Ontario has updated its sexual-education curriculum for the first time in nearly two decades and it will be rolled out across the province this fall. Education Minister Liz Sandals unveiled the new curriculum at a news conference Monday, saying the government won't back down in the face of criticism as it did in 2010 when …

  • Health PEI will cover costs of 3 surgeries for transgender patients

    The P.E.I. provincial government will fund three procedures for gender reassignment surgery. Health Minister Doug Currie said the change came after he had a meeting with Ash Arsenault and others from the transgender community last spring. He's certainly a real champion of the transgender community," said Currie.

  • Caribbean's different gender gap … The Canadian Press - Thu, 12 Feb, 2015
    In this Feb. 2, 2015 photo, student teacher Shane Sinclair, right, helps veteran teacher Lillia Lewin-Robinson teach third-grade boys a math lesson using a soccer ball at a co-ed primary school experimenting with single-sex classrooms in a poor community in Kingston, Jamaica. Educators in Jamaica say the research they have conducted has shown that boys in single-sex schools do better than those in co-educational ones. (AP Photo/David McFadden)

    When the young woman was preparing to open a business in Jamaica selling pipes, vaporizers and other smoking paraphernalia, some acquaintances suggested she would have difficulty succeeding in a niche trade dominated by men. Now, about a year-and-a-half after its launch at a hotel complex in Jamaica's capital, Ravn Rae's …

  • Speculation of Bruce Jenner transition … The Canadian Press - Tue, 10 Feb, 2015
    In this Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 photo, former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner, with stitches and a scar on his face, attends an NBA basketball game between the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles. Whether or not Jenner becomes its new champion, the transgender-rights movement is making remarkable strides on many fronts - ranging from mass-media visibility to legal protections. Yet despite the gains, activists say many transgender Americans, far more so than gays and lesbians, remain vulnerable to violence, discrimination and lack of understanding. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

    Whether or not Olympic legend Bruce Jenner becomes its new champion, the transgender-rights movement is making remarkable strides on many fronts — ranging from mass-media visibility to legal protections. Yet despite the gains, activists say many transgender Americans, far more so than gays and lesbians, remain vulnerable …

  • Sexually transmitted diseases rise in Edmonton, northern Alberta

    Sexually transmitted infections and HIV continue to rise across the province, most notably in Edmonton and the north, according to the latest numbers contained in a report from Alberta Health. The report examines infection rates from 2005 to 2013. With the exception of syphilis, the infection rates for STIs — chlamydia …

  • Former Arctic priest Eric Dejaeger  … The Canadian Press - Wed, 4 Feb, 2015
    Eric Dejaeger sentencing: 'I promise not to re-offend'

    A defrocked Arctic priest was sentenced to 19 years in prison for dozens of horrendous sex offences against Inuit children, while his victims received a plea from the sentencing judge. "Your anger must be put aside," Justice Robert Kilpatrick told the victims of Eric Dejaeger in his written decision released Wednesday. …

  • Canadian Blood Services sets up 'rainbow clinic' to take donations from gay men

    Canadian Blood Services is appealing to gay men to donate blood tomorrow at a special clinic set up at the University of British Columbia. "This came from the community from Chad Walters, who is a gentleman who was deferred from donating blood for transfusion and he was made aware of our clinic, the netCAD clinic, where …

  • Mormon leaders call for nationwide measures … The Canadian Press - Tue, 27 Jan, 2015
    Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during a news conference at the Conference Center, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Mormon church leaders are making a national appeal for a "balanced approach" in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom. The church is promising to support some housing and job protections for gays and lesbians in exchange for legal protections for believers who object to the behavior of others. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

    The Mormon church announced a campaign Tuesday for new laws that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination while somehow also protecting people who assert their religious beliefs. "We must find ways to show respect for others whose beliefs, values and behaviours differ from ours while never …

  • 'Sensationalist' Maclean's … CBC - Fri, 23 Jan, 2015
    Information Radio's Marcy Markusa reflects on racism in Winnipeg

    Winnipeg has never needed or desired validation from Toronto, so it was ironic to see Mayor Brian Bowman surrounded by our police chief and local indigenous leaders at an emergency press conference to deal with a story from Toronto-based Maclean’s magazine, which called Winnipeg “the most racist city in Canada”. “Girls …

  • Crown wants 25 years for sex-abusing … The Canadian Press - Wed, 21 Jan, 2015
    Eric Dejaeger sentencing: 'I promise not to re-offend'

    Prosecutors have asked an Arctic court to sentence a defrocked priest convicted of sexually abusing dozens of Inuit children to 25 years in prison. "(Eric Dejaeger) appears to have no insight into why he offended and he didn't stop until he got caught," said head Crown prosecutor Doug Curliss. "(The Crown's proposal) …

  • Eric Dejaeger sentencing: 'I promise not to re-offend'

    Kempt said comparing Dejaeger's crimes to the horrific and depraved acts of worst-case sex offenders was unfair to his client. He argued far worse sex offenders have received lighter sentences than what the Crown is asking for. While his proposed sentence added up to 79.5 years, Curliss told the court that by applying …

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