Canadian Blood Services expands eligibility for some gay men to donate plasma at certain clinics

Canadian Blood Services (CBS) has expanded the eligibility for some men who have sex with men to donate plasma at its Calgary and London, Ont., donation clinics. In these two … Read More

Canadian Blood Services under strain as eased COVID-19 rules increase demand

A return to a somewhat normal summer as COVID-19 restrictions are eased is putting a strain on Canada’s blood supply. Several provinces have started lifting restrictions – most notably Alberta, … Read More

Canada needs over 23,000 blood donors this month to meet urgent demand, agency says

As Canada’s COVID-19 cases ease and restrictions are lifted, hospitals are resuming surgeries that were put on hold by the pandemic — and that’s led to a sudden and urgent … Read More

Agency to request end to blood donation ban for men who have sex with men this year

Canadian Blood Services (CBS) says it intends to submit a request to Health Canada by the end of 2021 recommending its current blood deferral policy for men who have sex with … Read More

Growing pressure on feds to end ‘homophobic’ ban on blood donation

Christopher Karas said he felt “powerless” and “worthless” when he first found out he could not donate blood at a clinic in Brampton, Ont. back in 2016 because of restrictions … Read More

Conservative MP pushes health minister to end limits on blood donations from gay men

Eric Duncan, the first openly gay Conservative MP, laced into the federal health minister Thursday over the Liberals failure to end a ban on gay men donating blood. In a … Read More

Blood drive organized in honour of Nova Scotia mass shooting victims

A blood drive in honour of the victims of April’s deadly mass shooting in Nova Scotia will take place this week in Milford, just north of Halifax. Peter MacDonald, Canadian … Read More