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Suicide Prevention Day: Social inequality and budget cuts are a matter of life and death

"Sadly, every person you ask from the Northern Inuit regions knows someone who has killed themselves. I personally have four cousins who have committed suicide. People you know your whole life. You grow and laugh with them and then they are not there anymore because they decide to take their own lives. The numbers are an epidemic, if these numbers existed in southern Canada, it would be a national emergency and there would be measures to address it."  

Sobering comments from Terry Audla, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), the National Inuit Organization in Canada. Audla is the referring to the alarmingly high rates of suicide among Canada's Inuit population, which are 11 times higher than the national average.  

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Harper's disappointing response to AIDS epidemic

Harper failed to appear at the 2006 AIDS conference.
Mr. Harper and his government have demonstrated a mystifying ambivalence in responding to a challenge that has cost the lives of many millions.

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Nurses keep watch for health care as premiers, prime minister meet in Halifax

Nurses keep watch for health care as premiers, prime minister meet in Halifax
A banner in Halifax this week, as nurses keep watch for health care as premiers, prime minister meet in Halifax.

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AIDS activists: Harper's Canada is an 'evidence free zone'

Activists with used crime scene tape to make a point this morning at the Interna
Activists with used crime scene tape to make a point this morning at the International AIDS conference.

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The Supreme Court sides with Insite

Photo: Russell Maynard
The head of Vancouver’s Dr. Peter AIDS Centre, which also offers supervised injection services, responds to the Supreme Court’s ruling.

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A triumph for Insite

Photo: Russell Maynard

During its eight years of operation, Insite has been proven to save lives with no discernible negative impact on the public safety and health objectives of Canada. The effect of denying the services of Insite to the population it serves and the correlative increase in the risk of death and disease to injection drug users is grossly disproportionate to any benefit that Canada might derive from presenting a uniform stance on the possession of narcotics.

- The Supreme Court of Canada, Sept. 30, 2011

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We need a National Caregiver Day of Action

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My name is Carol and I am in my mid-60s. I grew up in England after WWII. In 1964 I immigrated to Canada. Leaving school when I was 16 I was given two choices: you can either go and work in the factories, or, you can become a shorthand typist. I chose the latter and thus began my journey down the pink brick road.

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The verdict is in: Insite saves lives

Insite in Vancouver. Photo: Stephen Dyrgas/Flickr

The verdict is in: Insite saves lives. A study by UBC scientists at the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS adds to the collection of data already showing that North America's first medically supervised safer injection facility saves lives and money.

The study, published last month in the prestigious British medical journal The Lancet, concludes that the opening of Insite in 2003 was associated with a 35 per cent reduction in overdose deaths in the neighbourhood surrounding the facility. This reduction translates into real lives saved at no expense whatsoever to the federal government.

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Columnists

Sasha: Perfect sex and conscientious letter writing

Dear Sasha,

I am a 31-year-old straight male, fairly experienced with long-term relationships but much more experienced being single. Single guy wants threesome -- like what guy doesn't?

I've had a few experiences but definitely want more. Relationship threesomes are always awkward, and she never really wants to "share" her boy friend, no matter what she says beforehand. I'm single and looking for that perfect threesome I had once before when I was single, but I don't know where to start looking. I can't go to a bar and approach some cute girl, saying, "Hey, I'm looking to have a threesome with you and another girl."

Not Rex: The battle of all mothers

Wasn't the G8 supposed to be about maternal health? Humberto da Silva reports from Massey Centre for Women in Toronto where workers have been forced to strike.

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