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Sexually-transmitted infections on the rise in N.W.T.'s Tlicho region

Sexually-transmitted infections on the rise in N.W.T.'s Tlicho region

After several years of improving rates, sexually-transmitted infections are again on the rise in some N.W.T. communities. Each year the territorial government measures the well being of people who live close to the diamond mines. It shows that STI rates have been rising in the Tlicho communities, as well as Lutselk'e, Dettah and Ndilo, to about 70 cases per 1,000 in 2014 from 40 cases per 1,000 …

  • Michigan parents of 13 sons, no daughters, … The Canadian Press - Thu, 14 May, 2015
    Kateri Schwandt holds her new baby boy at Mercy Health Saint Mary's Campus in Grand Rapids Thursday, May 14, 2015. Kateri, and her husband Jay Schwandt, now have 13 children, all boys. They are still deciding on a name for the baby. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP) ALL LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION INTERNET OUT

    Forty-year-old Jay Schwandt tells The Grand Rapids Press (http://bit.ly/1IDEnMC ) the boy born Wednesday is the second he and his wife, Kateri, have had who arrived with a full head of hair. The baby and his 40-year-old mother are doing well at Mercy Health Saint Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids.

  • Edmonton Catholic school bans transgender child, 7, from girls' washroom

    An Edmonton mother has filed a complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission after the Catholic school district refused to let her transgender child, born a male, use the girls' washroom.

  • Weak handgrip a sign of higher risk of dying from disease: study

    Conducted by the Population Health Research Institute of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences, the study was published in The Lancet, a U.K. medical journal, on Wednesday. They examined the relationship between a range of health conditions and muscle strength, which was measured by grip strength.

  • Young and feminist: Students on sexting, sex-ed, and inequality

    So when four out of nine competitors at this year's Mealy Mountain Collegiate high school speak-off in Happy Valley-Goose Bay chose topics related to gender inequality, they made a huge impact. Curious to know more, I invited all four speakers — Avery Brown, Kaely Marques, Frankie Leonard and Julia Kelland — into our CBC …

  • Sex ed protests called 'offensive, upsetting,' by teacher

    As a Canadian, I find it hard to swallow," said Jim Reid, a Grade 4 teacher at Central elementary school. Ontario's curriculum hadn't been renewed since 1998, making it the oldest in Canada. Thousands of parents across Ontario pulled their kids out of school this week in protest of the curriculum that the Minister of …

  • This school won’t teach sex ed, now … TheJournal.ie - Wed, 6 May, 2015
    This school won’t teach sex ed, now 20 of its students have chlamydia

    The high school handbook instructs the promotion of abstinence over any other behaviour.

  • Thousands of kids stay home to protest … The Canadian Press - Mon, 4 May, 2015
    A demonstrator holds up a sign while gathering with others in front of Queen's Park to protest against Ontario's new sex education curriculum in Toronto on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. A group of Ontario parents is threatening to pull their kids out of school this week, in protest of the province's new sex-education curriculum. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

    A parent-led campaign to keep children home from class in protest of Ontario's new sexual-education curriculum gained early traction on Monday as the province's largest school board reported tens of thousands of absences. Ryan Bird, a spokesman with the Toronto District School Board, said 34,762 elementary school students …

  • Thai police dig up graves at jungle … The Canadian Press - Sat, 2 May, 2015
    Thai police officials measure a shallow grave in Padang Besar, Songkhla province, southern Thailand, Saturday, May 2, 2015. Police officials in Thailand trekked into the mountains to dig up shallow graves Saturday, after the grim discovery of an abandoned jungle camp renewed calls for a crackdown on the human trafficking networks operating in the Southeast Asian country. (AP Photo/Sumeth Panpetch)

    Police officials in Thailand trekked into the mountains to dig up shallow graves Saturday, after the grim discovery of an abandoned jungle camp renewed calls for a crackdown on the human trafficking networks operating in the Southeast Asian country. At least five corpses were found by Saturday afternoon as efforts continued …

  • As Britain welcomes new royal baby, … The Canadian Press - Sat, 2 May, 2015
    The newborn baby princess, born to parents Kate Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, is carried in a car seat by her father from The Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in London, Saturday, May 2, 2015. Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to their second child, a baby girl on Saturday morning. The name of the new born baby princess is not yet announced. (John Stillwell/Pool via AP)

    There was palpable excitement outside a central London hospital Saturday as palace officials confirmed that Prince William's wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, was in the early stages of labour for the birth of their second child. Harry came of age under full public scrutiny, and through the years he has sparked some scandalous …

  • Police find graves of suspected Myanmar … The Canadian Press - Fri, 1 May, 2015
    Thai rescuers carry a dead body to a hospital in Songkhla province, southern of Thailand Friday, May 1, 2015. Police in Thailand found dozens of shallow graves Friday and at least one corpse in an isolated mountain shelter that is believed to be a trafficking camp for ethnic Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar. (AP Photo/Sumeth Panpetch)

    Police have found dozens of shallow graves, a corpse and an ailing survivor at an abandoned jungle camp in an area of southern Thailand that is regularly used to smuggle Rohingya Muslims, as well as Bangladeshis and other migrants, to third countries. The grim discovery was a sharp reminder of the brutal human trafficking …

  • Settlement talks likely now man wrongly … The Canadian Press - Fri, 1 May, 2015
    Ivan Henry, right, is seen with his daughter Kari Henry, left, outside the B.C. Court of Appeal in Vancouver on Oct. 27, 2010. The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled a B.C. man can use the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to pursue a lawsuit after being wrongly imprisoned for 27 years for sexual assaults he did not commit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

    The high court decision on Friday ruled that Ivan Henry can use the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to pursue a lawsuit after his life was upended by convictions for 10 sex crimes he did not commit. The landmark ruling clarifies the circumstances under which criminal prosecutors may be sued if they fail to disclose evidence …

  • Report: Liberian woman likely got Ebola … The Canadian Press - Fri, 1 May, 2015
    This undated electron micrograph image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on May 11, 1995 shows the Ebola virus. In a report released Friday, May 1, 2015, health officials think Ebola survivors can spread the disease through unprotected sex nearly twice as long as previously believed. (CDC via AP)

    Health officials now think Ebola survivors can spread the disease through unprotected sex nearly twice as long as previously believed. Scientists thought the Ebola virus could remain in semen for about three months. Based on the case, officials are now telling male Ebola survivors to avoid unprotected sex indefinitely. …

  • Police board critical of MMIW investigation report

    Some members of Winnipeg's police board are not happy with the lack of information they're getting on the progress of investigations into murdered and missing indigenous women (MMIW). We do now have a strategic plan that has several elements that address this topic in the plan and I guess I anticipated what we might see is …

  • UN says it will try to identify all … The Canadian Press - Tue, 28 Apr, 2015
    FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 file photo, health workers stand outside the Island Clinic Ebola isolation and treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia. The World Health Organization said on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 that it aims to identify all new Ebola cases in West Africa by the end of May to stop the spread of the lethal virus before the rainy season. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

    The World Health Organization says it aims to identify and isolate all new Ebola cases in West Africa by the end of May to stop the spread of the lethal virus before the rainy season. In a new Ebola plan released on Tuesday, the U.N. health agency said it hopes to limit transmission of the virus to the coastal areas of …

  • 5 things to know about transgender Americans … The Canadian Press - Fri, 24 Apr, 2015
    FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army, Pfc. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick. Defense Department officials say hormone treatment for gender reassignment has been approved for Chelsea Manning, the former intelligence analyst convicted of espionage for sending classified documents to the WikiLeaks website. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, File)

    These are pivotal times for transgender Americans, as they gain in visibility yet remain buffeted by bias and misunderstanding. Yet there's growing awareness of the transgender community, fueled by positive portrayals on popular TV shows, an array of campaigns to expand transgender rights, and recurring reports of homicides …

  • Cardinal Francis George, retired Chicago … The Canadian Press - Fri, 17 Apr, 2015
    FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2014 file photo, Cardinal Francis George, retiring leader of the Chicago Catholic Archdiocese speaks at a news conference in Chicago. George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who led the U.S. bishops' fight against Obamacare and played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal, has died. He was 78. George, who retired as Chicago archbishop in the fall of 2014, died Friday morning, April 17, 2015, after a long fight with cancer, according to the Archdiocese of Chicago.  (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

    Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal and led the U.S. bishops' fight against Obamacare, has died after a long fight with cancer. George, who retired as Chicago archbishop in the autumn 2014, a few months before …

  • Trans community becoming more visible, … The Canadian Press - Thu, 16 Apr, 2015
    Brae Carnes, a transgender woman who has been taking selfies in men's washrooms and posting them on social media to protest a Senate amendment to Bill C-279, is photographed at a mall in Victoria on Monday, March 30, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

    When actress Laverne Cox of TV's "Orange Is the New Black" became the first transgender person to make the cover of Time magazine, it represented a watershed moment for those who have often chosen obscurity over visibility — and for good reason. Long feared and misunderstood by mainstream society, transgender and gender-nonconforming …

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