Canadian Blood Services

Canada's Blood Inventory Is 'Critically Low'

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Living

Canadian Blood Services is urging eligible blood donors across the country to make a blood donation immediately to increase the country's low blood in...

Let Men With Same Sex Lovers Donate Blood

Jonathan Crombie | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Crombie

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.

Transgender Woman's Blood Donation Turned Away

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 05.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A Vancouver woman was shocked when Canadian Blood Services (CBS) turned her away from donating blood because she is transgender. Clayre Sessoms say...

How B.C. Babies' Umbilical Cords Can Help Save Lives

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Women who give birth at BC Women's Hospital will soon be able to donate their baby's umbilical cord blood to be banked for potentially lif...

There's Nothing Exploitative About Paying for Blood Donations

Derek James From | Posted 09.02.2013 | Canada
Derek James From

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.

Some Gay Men Can Now Donate Blood

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada Impact

TORONTO - Canada is lifting a nearly 30-year-old ban on gay men giving blood, though for the time being only those who are abstinent will be allowed t...

Should Gay Men Be Allowed to Donate Blood?

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 03.17.2013 | Canada
Marni Soupcoff

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.

Will Blood Donation In Canada Soon Include Gay Men?

CBC | Posted 03.14.2013 | Canada Impact

Canadian Blood Services wants to change a long-standing policy that would allow gay men to donate blood if they haven't had sex with a man in the last...

A New Idea For Charitable Donations: Give Blood

CBC | Posted 02.23.2012 | Canada Living

Canadian Blood Services is asking for help this holiday season. The organization hopes to ship about 70,000 units of blood to...

Canadian Blood Services and Elton John: Can You Feel the Blood Tonight?

Jonathan Naymark | Posted 10.19.2011 | Canada
Jonathan Naymark

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.