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Canada’s blood donation organization has been reluctant to supply front-line staff with protective equipment, including gloves, masks and protective barriers.
It's about time blood-donation practices caught up with modern science.
Registries aren't at all reflective of the country's rapidly-changing population.
Critics argue the year-long deferral policy is arbitrary.
As the public regulator responsible for the nation's health, it is the well-being of Canadians that should come first, not the bottom line of private enterprise.
Donating blood is considered an honour in Syrian culture.
Especially if you're type O negative.
Being afraid of needles is not a valid reason to avoid chipping in to save someone's life.
The Voluntary Blood Donations Act" prohibits paying and receiving payment for blood, either directly or indirectly. With this bill, the legislature has made the giving and receiving of blood a sacrament. The simplest solution to the blood and plasma shortage is to desacralize blood and plasma. Instead of bowing our heads to this idol, we should see it as the false idol it is, and get back to having a market in blood.
Canadians have come out in droves since people were made aware last week that the country's blood supply is desperately low
Canadian Blood Services is urging eligible blood donors across the country to make a blood donation immediately to increase
Over a year ago, Canada lifted a 30-year-old prohibition on gay men donating blood. However, Canada Blood Services still includes a ban on blood donations from any man who has had sex with another man in the past five years. That is why the Young Liberals of Canada want a policy that is based on evidence, because no single, loosely defined group should be discriminated against based on generalized statistics, perceptions or prejudices. A blanket ban on sexually active MSM is not merely discriminatory; it's unsafe.
A Vancouver woman was shocked when Canadian Blood Services (CBS) turned her away from donating blood because she is transgender
On June 27, 2013, the federal government released a summary report of its consultations with stakeholders regarding payment for plasma donations. Right on cue, the union representing employees at Canadian Blood Services proclaimed that safety will somehow be jeopardized if plasma is collected by anyone other than a public facility. Other opponents have attempted to sway public opinion by arguing that payment for plasma is somehow exploitative. Both criticisms are smoke-and-mirrors. I know from experience.
I would respect Canadian Blood Services more if it took a stronger position on gay blood donations. Either stick with the lifelong ban and admit that it's a super-cautious approach to try to mitigate against potential infections we don't yet understand, based on the deadly mistakes made in the past with HIV. Or focus on the bloodborne diseases we do know about, and adjust the ban accordingly to six-months or one-year, as would be consistent with the current science of detection. Either one of these approaches would be a more defensible posture than the arbitrary five-year ban Canadian Blood Services has chosen to champion.
Canadian Blood Services radio ads are currently promoting a contest: visit a blood donor clinic and you could win two tickets to go see Elton John. Wouldn't it be truly amazing if Canadian Blood Services got Sir Elton to actually donate his own blood? But he can't.