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September's Supreme Court ruling, along with keeping Vancouver's Insite clinic open, has paved the way for more safe-injection sites in Canada, including Quebec. Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user Svadilfari.

Following Insite ruling, safe-injection sites planned for Montreal and Quebec City

In September, an eagerly-awaited Supreme Court ruling allowed Vancouver’s Insite injection clinic to remain open indefinitely. And now, Quebec is joining the ranks of Canadian cities with safe-injection sites. Yves Bolduc, Quebec’s Health and Social Services Minister, in October announced his support of an initiative to open injection clinics in Montreal and Quebec City. While… More »

Here's what will happen to 5 bills that died when the election was called

We profile five legislative initiatives that died on the docket—and find out which of them will be re-attempted after the election Compiled by Dylan C. Robertson & Victoria Salvas This election means death. Not only have Ottawa scrums, filibusters, and drawn-out committees been killed, pieces of legislation making their way through parliament have all met… More »

Due Date: Five reasons not to induce labour and one reason to have more sex

[This Magazine contributor Jenn Hardy is pregnant and due in a few weeks. In this Due Date series, we're running some of her thoughts on pregnancy, health, and her experience trying to de-medicalize her childbirth.] I’m not afraid of labour. I’m not afraid of the intense pressure of my uterus contracting, tightening, pushing… My cervix slowly dilating… Once open… More »

Due Date: Deciding when to cut the cord, and what to do with it

[This Magazine contributor Jenn Hardy is pregnant and due in a few weeks. In thisDue Date series, we're running some of her thoughts on pregnancy, health, and her experience trying to de-medicalize her childbirth.] When to cut? Going into the delivery room, you might have decided who was going to cut the umbilical cord. Will the doc do… More »

Due Date: Why I said no to prenatal screening tests

[This Magazine contributor Jenn Hardy is pregnant and due in a few weeks. In this Due Date series, we're running some of her thoughts on pregnancy, health, and her experience trying to de-medicalize her childbirth.] Congratulations! You’re pregnant! First thing’s first: would you consider an abortion? If your pregnancy was planned or the surprise was… More »

Your complete guide to the fight over chemicals in your tap water

Yesterday Canadian economics blogger Mike Moffatt posted his thoughts about the costs of reducing the murder rate by 30 percent through water treatment. The post was based on a Big Think article that studied correlations between higher lithium amounts in public drinking water and drops in suicides and violent crime rates. Lithium, a mood-booster, is… More »

Follow along with This Magazine contributor Jenn Hardy's baby-to-be!

If you’ve picked up the latest issue of This Magazine, you might have noticed Jenn Hardy’s article on Canada’s midwife shortage. (Jenn is a former This intern and now a Montreal-based freelance writer. She has written for us recently on sustainable agriculture, Montreal musician Vanessa Rodrigues, and investigated the environmental claims of the DivaCup.) You… More »

Because I am a Girl, Plan Canada, I'd rather not suck up to the patriarchy

If you live in a major Canadian city, you may have seen Plan Canada’s “Because I am a Girl” ads plastered on buses and billboards. In the season of giving, the campaign attempts to sell the virtues of female empowerment. Ads state that girls around the world are three times more likely to be malnourished… More »

Computer model of a Bisphenol-A molecule.

Body Politic #15: Canadian teenagers—now with more Bisphenol-A!

Canadians – a bunch of walking, talking BPA vessels? Apparently so. Statistics Canada recently released results from their first nationwide look into bisphenol A, and the results aren’t pretty. According to a Globe and Mail report on the stats, 91 per cent of Canadians tested show some sort of BPA exposure, and teenagers carry most of… More »

People sporting the G(irls) 20 "Pangaea" T-shirt.

Body Politic #14: What we need to hear from the G(irls) 20 Summit

We’ve talked a lot about what’s going wrong so far with the G20 and G8 meetings taking place in Ontario this year. And lord knows there are plenty of problems: aside from the lack of discussion surrounding women’s health we’re now chopping down trees in an urban jungle and searching around for supposedly stolen police… More »