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January-February 2017

A company headed for New Brunswick wants to pay Canadians to donate blood

After the 1980s tainted blood scandal, recommendations called for voluntary blood donation in the country. But that could change.

Emily Baron Cadloff@EmilyBat

In 1992, Michael McCarthy visited his doctor hoping for answers. McCarthy had been feeling sick for years—fatigued, with aching joints and pain in his abdomen. “They said, ‘By the way, you have hepatitis C,’” McCarthy recalls. “I said, ‘What’s that?’ And they said, ‘Don’t worry, it’ll take years to kill you.’” McCarthy is among thousands of hemophiliacs who used […] More »

Queerly Canadian #21: Lift the ban on gay blood donors

cate simpson

In a case before the Ontario Superior Court this month, an Ottawa man is challenging the ban on blood donation by gay men. Currently, any man who has had sex with another man since 1977 is “indefinitely deferred” from giving blood. Not only is this ban unnecessarily broad, it does a disservice to the very […] More »