Safe sex misconceptions: Things you should know about STIs

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Canadian communities —; and much of the world —; are in the grips of a historic outbreak of sexually transmitted infections.

READ MORE: ‘The war on STIs has failed’

We asked an STI clinician and an epidemiologist for some tips, and the things they wish people knew.

READ MORE: Tracking sexually transmitted infections in a Tinder age

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Myth: You can’t get diseases though oral sex.

Fact: You can contract gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, HPV and herpes simplex virus from any oral-genital contact. It’s very difficult to transmit HIV through oral sex, however —; 0.01 per cent risk if you’re giving, 0.05-0.1 per cent if you’re receiving.

Myth: If you feel fine, you’re fine.

Fact: Most STIs are asymptomatic. The only way to know if you have them is to get tested.

Myth: You’ll know if your sexual partner has an STI by looking at them.

Fact: Nope.

Myth: You can get STIs from toilet seats.

Fact: Nope.

Myth: If you only have sex with someone once you’re probably fine.

Fact: Any kind of sexual contact with someone, even if it’s only once, can get you infected.

Myth: It doesn’t matter what kind of sex you’re having —; if it’s unprotected, it’s unprotected.

Fact: Sexual contact involving any kind of abrasion —; from a canker to a cut —; increases the likelihood of transmission.

Myth: Getting an STI once means you’re immune later.

Fact: Nope. (Some strains of chlamydia may confer a degree of protection from re-infection, but for syphilis, gonorrhea, hepatitis you can get infected again and again.)

Myth: If you’re not having sex with a new person every night, you don’t need to get tested.

Fact: You should get tested between sexual partners, right after getting a new partner, and once every three to six months if you’re having sex with multiple people over that period of time. If you’re in a long-term, monogamous relationship, you can get tested whenever you get regular physicals.

Myth: Women get tested when they get pap smears.

Fact: You should ask to get tested when this procedure is done.

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Staying with Wheat Kings was the right decision for Kelly McCrimmon

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As the owner, general manager and head coach of the Brandon Wheat Kings, Kelly McCrimmon wears many hats. He’s had three different stints as their head coach. The first starting way back in 1990. McCrimmon must be doing something right after back to back trips to the WHL championship series and a win percentage over .700 in four of the last six seasons.

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“He wants to develop players.” said Wheat Kings forward Tim McGauley. “He’s really great at that. He won’t scream at you but when you need to be screamed at he’ll let you know.”

McCrimmon, 55, has been involved in all three of the Wheat Kings’ WHL championships in one facet or another. He was a player on the Wheatties first championship team in 1979. He was the general manager when they won the title in 1996 and here in 2016 he won his first as a head coach.

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“He’s a great coach.” Wheat Kings forward John Quenneville said. “It’s been an amazing journey with him. I’ve really enjoyed my time. I’ve learned so much and he’s been an absolutely great mentor for me and the rest of my teammates.”

But the story of the Wheat Kings magical season almost had a very different beginning. Rewind 11 months to last June when McCrimmon made the difficult decision to turn down an NHL job with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“I didn’t want to have regrets that I’d let anyone down at this end, in terms of our players because they certainly had high expectations.” said McCrimmon.

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Win or lose this week in Red Deer, McCrimmon believes in his heart he made the right decision.

“If we would have lost that series I wouldn’t have called it the wrong decision. It was the decision that I made.” McCrimmon said. “The fact that it turned out we won the championship I don’t think validates it or anything else.”

And the only thing missing now is McCrimmon’s and the Wheat Kings’ first Memorial Cup title.

“Crimm is the founder.” said Quenneville. “And he’s really the guy who made this all happen here in Brandon.”

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Louisiana lawmaker proposes age, weight limits for strippers

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A Louisiana politician stood in the state’s legislature Wednesday proposing a law prohibiting exotic dancers in the state from weighing more than 160 pounds and being older than 28.

There was audible outrage —; and laughter —; as Republican Representative Kenneth Havard read aloud the amendment he had filed to a bill requiring that dancers be no younger than 21 years old.

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    Bill 468 is aimed at reducing human trafficking and the exploitation of young women in the sex trade.

    “Members, in the spirit of this legislative session, I offer up this amendment as a part of, I guess, keeping the spirit alive of trimming the fat,” Havard began.

    Dancers shall be “between twenty-one and twenty-eight years of age and shall be no more that [sic] one hundred sixty pounds in weight.” Havard’s amendment read.

    WATCH: ‘I will never be just a girl again’: victim of human trafficking in Calgary 

    When asked by another representative if he believes women outside those parameters are unfit to be dancers, Havard said no, he’s simply “worried about their health, and I wouldn’t want them to hurt one another.”

    “Do you not find this amendment offensive?” Rep. Nancy Landry asked.

    “Well, I’ll pull it Ms. Landry, thank you,” Havard says, as he stepped away from the microphone.

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    One fellow lawmaker took the opportunity talk about gender equality in the House.

    “I can’t even believe the behaviour in here,” said Rep. Julie Stokes to the House after Havard’s comments.

    “I think we need to call an end to this. I hear derogatory comments about women in this place regularly, I hear and I see women get treated differently than men, and I’m going to tell you what, you gave me a perfect forum to talk about it right now. Cause it has got to stop.

    “That was utterly disrespectful and disgusting.”

    The proposed amendment sparked fury as the bill made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

    “This was a slap in the face really to women all over the state,” said Rep. Helena Moreno Thursday, holding up a newspaper featuring Havard’s statements.

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    “In my opinion, it warrants an apology,” said House Speaker Taylor Barras.

    When pressed on his stance, Havard later said it was all a joke, and an attempt to make a point on over-regulation by the state.

    The anti-trafficking bill passed without Havard’s amendment.

    With files from the Associated Press

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Armed person shot by Secret Service outside White House

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WASHINGTON —; A uniformed Secret Service officer shot a person who drew a weapon just outside the White House Friday afternoon, a U.S. law enforcement official said Friday.

The shooting happened within view of sightseers outside the front of the building, near sidewalks crowded with families, school groups and government workers.

READ MORE: Man arrested after jumping White House fence

The White House was briefly placed on a security alert. President Barack Obama was not there – he was playing golf – but Vice President Joe Biden was in the White House complex and was secured during the lockdown, his office said.

The U.S. law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity for lack of authorization to release the information, said the person approached the Secret Service officer and drew a weapon, and then the officer opened fire.

The Secret Service later tweeted that “all Secret Service protectees are safe.”

WATCH: White House locked down after report of possible fence jumper 

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Separately, a White House official said no one associated with the White House was injured, and everyone inside the complex is safe and accounted for.

A single patient was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition shortly after 3 p.m., said Doug Buchanan, a spokesman for D.C. Fire and EMS.

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Sightseer Jenna Noelle of Austin, Texas, said she had just taken a photo in front of the White House when she noticed a man harassing an agent. Then, “as we were walking away we heard a shot fired, then some people started running away and agents had guns and were evacuating people.”

“I had a panic attack,” she added. “I’m doing OK now, but it was pretty freaky to be right there a second before it happened. Not really the experience we wanted,” she added.

U.S. Park Police said on 老域名怎么购买 that the shooting happened on West Executive Drive – the street that runs perpendicular to Pennsylvania Avenue, between the White House and the Old Executive Office Building. The White House grounds were shut down to pedestrian traffic, locking staff members and reporters indoors, until the alert was suspended.

Associated Press writer Kathleen Hennessey in Washington contributed to this report.

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Health care aide fired for allegedly drinking sees more court battles

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WINNIPEG – Another court battle is looming for a health care aide in northern Manitoba who filed a human rights complaint after being fired for allegedly drinking alcohol.

Linda Horrocks was suspended from work in June 2011 at a personal care home in Flin Flon run by the Northern Regional Health Authority after a co-worker complained that she was drunk, according to evidence presented at a human rights board hearing.

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She signed an agreement that allowed her to return to work under several conditions, including that she abstain from alcohol both on and off the job and seek counselling.

READ MORE: Manitoba worker not accommodated for alcohol addiction

Horrocks was fired a year later when her employer received two reports that she had been drinking outside of work – once in a grocery store and once during a phone call with a manager.

Horrocks denied consuming alcohol and said she had been undergoing addiction counselling. She eventually filed a complaint with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission.

Last year, an independent adjudicator ruled in favour of Horrocks, saying her alcohol addiction qualified as a disability – one which her employer failed to accommodate.

The ruling awarded Horrocks three years back pay and an additional $10,000 for injury to her dignity.

The health authority appealed the ruling to the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, which overturned the decision earlier this month.

Justice James Edmond ruled that because Horrocks was a unionized employee, the dispute should have been settled by an arbitrator – as spelled out in her collective agreement.

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“Issues which involve interpretation, application, administration, or violation of the collective agreement … were intended to be resolved pursuant to the arbitration procedure set out in the collective agreement and the (Labour Relations) Act,” Edmond wrote in his decision.

The human rights commission announced this week it will appeal the ruling to the Manitoba Court of Appeal.

“This decision is serious for Ms. Horrocks, but the impact goes well beyond this one individual,” commission executive director Isha Khan said in a written statement.

“It could also limit options for all unionized workers in Manitoba to enforce their human rights. The decision has significant implications for how human rights are enforced in Manitoba.”

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Former foreign worker sentenced to 2.5 years in jail for labour trafficking

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EDMONTON – A 46-year-old mother of two has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years behind bars and ordered to pay back thousands in lost wages to foreign workers.

In February, Jennilyn Morris pleaded guilty to labour trafficking charges under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.  The charges were the first under the act to be laid in Alberta. Since her guilty plea, Morris had been living with her family and working at a golf course and was also employed as a taxi driver.

On Friday, May 20, she was taken into custody to serve her sentence.

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    From Jan. 1, 2007 to Aug. 30, 2010, Morris made job offers and brought three foreign workers from the Philippines to Edmonton to work for her cleaning company, Demot Cleaning Co. Inc.

    Court heard Morris misled the workers and the government by refusing to pay the promised wages and overtime in the agreed contracts. Morris also charged workers for plane tickets and fees for recruitment paperwork.

    Justice K.G. Nielsen tallied up the total to $44, 573. Morris was ordered to pay back about half of that in restitution, $22,000 to 13 individuals.

    Court heard Morris also employed at least 68 other foreign nationals to work for Demot, as well as live-in caregivers to her children and as dishwashers at her restaurant Smokey Joe’s. Morris also hired foreign workers to staff local hotels, but they did not have the authorized permits. Those workers were discovered after the Canada Border Services Agency conducted a raid on Webco, a printing business in Leduc. Foreign workers had also been hired by Morris to insert flyers into newspapers.

    READ MORE: Edmonton-area woman charged with human trafficking 

    In his sentencing decision, Justice Nielsen told the court the victims “felt like second class citizens.” Twenty-eight victim impact statements were provided to the court and Justice Nielsen said it was clear Morris’ activities were “ongoing, deliberate and manipulative.”

    Not only did the workers lose out on wages to send back home to their families, Morris also charged $20 for a blanket in some of her rental homes. There were up to five people sharing a bed and sometimes sleeping on the floor.

    Justice Nielsen said there was no expression of remorse by Morris and a clear message should be sent to deter others from this crime.

    “They experienced stress, anxiety,” he said. “They lost their ability to trust people.”

    READ MORE: Edmonton-area woman pleads guilty to illegally employing foreign nationals 

    Human trafficking and labour exploitation is often undetected because foreign workers may not know their rights, or have the support to come forward with complaints.

    Danielle Monroe with ACT Alberta, Action Coalition on Human Trafficking, calls this case the tip of the iceberg. She said it was “ironic” Morris, a former foreign worker herself, would abuse her positions of trust.

    “The taking away of the opportunity to provide and the lack of dignity, it was very difficult for us to watch the impact on the victims,” Monroe said.

    Morris came to Canada from the Philippines in July 1998 under the live-in caregiver program. She became a permanent resident in 2001, then finally a Canadian citizen in 2008.

    Justice Nielsen said if anyone should have appreciated the situation of these workers, it should have been Morris.

    “She dictated where they would work, when they would work.”

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Private New Brunswick colleges consider legal action against province over bursary

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The New Brunswick Association of Private Colleges and Universities has retained the services of a lawyer and is considering legal action against the provincial government.

The province was made aware Wednesday of the NBAPCU’s concerns, which stem from the exclusion of its institutions from the Tuition Access Bursary which provides free tuition to low income students.

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    “We really feel that students that attend private colleges and universities have been disenfranchised and overlooked by their most recent tuition assistance bursary program because they’re not included in this,” NBAPCU President Dale Ritchie said.

    “We feel it’s a breach of their charter of rights,” Ritchie added.

    Green Party Leader David Coon supports the private institutions’ claim and thinks any student who’s eligible for a student loan should be eligible for a bursary as well.

    “Even though you’re eligible for a student loan at a private college or private university you’re not going to be eligible for a bursary,” Coon said. “That is patently unfair.”

    Premier Brian Gallant said he couldn’t get into specifics when questioned due to the potential of a court case but believes the program is the best way to help those that need it most.

    “Anyone that says we have to do more for the 60 plus, anyone that says we have to do more for private colleges and universities, that’s fine. I would love to be able to give everything that they want,” Gallant said. “I’d love to do everything that anybody asks me but that’s just not realistic. We have to make choices as government.”

    At this point there’s no word on whether or not the NBAPCU will launch legal action against the province or when that might take place.

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Lesions indicate disease in farmed salmon: study

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VANCOUVER – Scientists have detected a potential disease in farmed Atlantic salmon for the first time in British Columbia, but say more research is needed to determine if it could affect wild populations of the fish.

Dr. Kristi Miller, head of the molecular genetics research program in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, said pathologists found lesions on salmon on one farm in Johnstone Strait indicating they had heart and skeletal muscle inflammation.

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“These lesions were present for an extended period of time, at least eight months, on this farm,” Miller said Friday.

The disease has been found in several countries, including Norway in the late 1990s, where it has been linked to low levels of mortality, with some farms showing no salmon deaths, while up to 20 per cent of fish die in others, she said.

The Piscine Reo-Virus has been associated with all outbreaks of heart and skeletal muscle inflammation, as it was on the single B.C. farm, but it’s not known if it causes the disease, Miller said, adding scientists around the world are investigating how the virus could be linked to the disease.

However, many fish can carry the virus without having the disease, Miller said.

“This has been one of the difficulties in understanding the role of this virus in HSMI development. The single farm on which we discovered HSMI didn’t experience unusual levels of mortality. In fact, the growth and production on this farm was considered excellent.”

The virus likely originated in the marine environment, she said.

“We know that this virus, in other parts of the world, can be observed in fresh-water origin fish and we believe we know that here in B.C. in Atlantic salmon. But in Norway, while the virus can be observed in fish in hatcheries the prevalence of the virus can become much, much higher in the marine environment.”

Heart and skeletal muscle inflammation in fish does not impact human health, and the disease has never been found in wild Pacific salmon.

“But DFO will continue to monitor the health of wild and farmed salmon in Canada and to track and collaborate with international research teams to more fully establish the risk factors associated with this disease,” Miller said.

The research using new technology and international scientists was done between 2013 and 2015 on four Vancouver Island fish farms using more than 2,400 live and dying salmon.

Brian Riddell, president of the Pacific Salmon Foundation, which participated in the research along with Genome British Columbia, said the latest technology will allow scientists to analyze 45 microbes for the first time, leading to “revolutionary” diagnostics in wild populations.

“We are currently in the second phase of the analyses and we really just started this so I really have to emphasize the real concern that many people have in B.C. about the risk of wild salmon.

“We cannot comment on that yet,” Riddell said, adding more findings will be revealed in the next two years.

He said research of the fish throughout their life cycle involved collaboration with the BC Salmon Farmers Association as part of the Strategic Salmon Health Initiative that began in 2013.

“Government and industry should expedite the science, provide necessary funding and work collaboratively for the sake of the aquaculture industry and for wild salmon,” the association said in a news release.

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UPDATE: No charges recommended after bizarre incident in downtown Vancouver

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UPDATE: No charges will be recommended after a bizarre incident at a Wind Mobile store in downtown Vancouver. 

Detectives executed a warrant to search the business and obtained video footage from within the office along with a number of exhibits associated with the incident.

After examining the video and speaking with the three people involved, investigators have completed their review of the incident and say there is no evidence to support criminal charges.

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Vancouver Police are dealing with a bizarre incident in the downtown area that may have involved a sexual assault.

Const. Brian Montague says shortly before noon today, someone called 911 saying they were walking past a Wind Mobile store on Robson Street and Hamilton Street when they saw a foot behind the counter of a closed door.

Officers attended and confirmed that the business was, in fact, closed.

They saw a woman inside the business and at least one man, but no one appeared to be in distress.

The individuals inside were not cooperative and did not open the door when asked by police.

Officers accessed the store from the rear and managed to take three people, two men and one woman, into custody.

In a bizarre twist, Montague says they managed to get in touch with the business representative, who told them that the store should be closed and no one should be inside. But he was located inside the store by police during the arrest.

While police were dealing with the situation, the area was closed off to pedestrians and traffic. The Emergency Response Team and police negotiators were also on scene.

Montague says they are not sure what exactly they are dealing with, and that it’s possible police disrupted a sexual assault that was in progress, but it’s still too early to say.

“We don’t know if we have a criminal offence here,” he says. “We don’t know if what was going on inside was consensual or not.”

Montague says there is a concern a sexual assault may have taken place because the woman was naked when officers arrived.

He says the woman, who appeared to be under the influence of drugs, was uncooperative, but was taken to hospital although she had no visible injuries.

But it doesn’t appear anyone was in distress or injured. No weapons were involved as well.

Montague says they are hoping to find out more about what exactly transpired and would like to talk to the woman when she is released from hospital.

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NB family frustrated with lack for support from school board for son with ADHD

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Eight-year-old Brayden Jones was suspended from Sunbury West School in Fredericton Junction on March 23, 2016 for behavioural issues.

Brayden’s mother, Melissa Jones, disagrees with the decision and says the Anglophone West School District and the government need to provide better support for children like Brayden, who suffer from disorders such as Opposition Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and anxiety.

Following the suspension, Jones received a letter from the Anglophone West School District Director of Schools Rick Demmings saying the school could no longer support Brayden.

In an email Jones forwarded to Global News, Demmings wrote Brayden’s behaviour violated the Positive Learning and Working Environment policy, developed by the New Brunswick Department of Education.

This is an excerpt from the letter Jones said she received from the director of schools:

“The second request came from Sunbury West for your other son B; to be removed from school for the remainder of this school year. This, to me, is a more extreme request because of his age and believe me we don’t take this lightly but the school had reached the end on options to keep B focused and learning. His vocal and physical ? (sic) aggression could not be managed nor be tolerated.  Again, Policy 703 provides that all who work and learn in a school need to do so in a safe, positive and orderly environment. Your son’s behaviour was making it difficult for that goal to be attained,” wrote Demmings.

No one from the school board was available for comment when requested by Global News Friday.

Jones says despite Brayden’s two educational assistants and bus attendant, there wasn’t enough support due to lack of proper training.

“EAs need to be able to support my children and support Brayden socially, emotionally and mentally, all at the same time. If you can only bring one of those to the table, then it’s not enough,” Jones said.

She says changes are necessary to ensure supports are in place for Brayden and other children across the province.

“I believe that there needs to be more funding for occupational therapy–there’s a two-year waiting list. He started in 2014 so they need more support there.  They need more speech and language, they need to have more behavioural support for the school.”

Jones is also concerned about Brayden falling behind and wants him to be tutored while he’s at home.

Jones says the school board is offering Brayden three hours per week of tutoring, but Jones says the Inclusion Policy states that if a student is out of school for an extended period of time they get eight to 12 hours of tutoring.

“Three to me is not acceptable,” said Jones.

She says there is an alternative education centre in Oromocto, but because New Brunswick has an all-inclusive system, Brayden can’t attend the centre unless she pays for it out of her own pocket.

“I would have to pay for transportation, and it’s private school, so I would have to pay tuition,” Jones said. “I don’t have enough money because I’m stuck at home every day because he’s home…I have to be home with him every day.”

Brayden is currently set to stay home until next fall.

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