May 2012

Sex pills pulled from Saskatoon store

Non-approves sex supplements have been pulled from shelves in Saskatoon after Health Canada found it contained undeclared prescription drugs, including sildenafil and tadalafil and an undeclared substance, hydroxythiohomosildenafil. "These products may pose serious cardiovascular risks to the health of Canadians," the agency said in a news release.

The products go by several names, including X-Rock, Kaboom, and One for Her. Though no one has reported problems, people with a history of heart disease or strokes are being warned not to used the supplements.

Sci-Tech museum's sex exhibit meets backlash

Canada's Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa has raised the age limit for admission for its exhibit, Sex: A Tell-All Exhibition, from 12 to 16 after complaints about the content being too explicit for children. The exhibit includes photos of genitals (shocking!) and information on contraception, hormonal changes, and saying no to sexual advances (the horror!).

How to Be Kinkier

I’m pretty vanilla. Beyond the occasional spanking, power exchange, and my yet-to-be-fulfilled strap-on fantasies, I can’t say I have much interest in dipping my toes into the local kink community.

That is, I didn’t have much interest, but the photos and anecdotes in Morpheous’ How to Be Kinkier have piqued it.

Sexless passports for trans* Canadians under review

Current requirements for Canadian passports require transgender people to provide medical proof of having undergone sex reassignment surgery in order to change the sex on their passport. Those who are still in transition have the option of obtaining a temporary, two-year passport with their correct gender. This policy leaves pre-op, non-op, and non-binary folks with at best, the wrong gender on their passport and at worst, the risk of being banned from their flight.

United Way ends funding for sex-ed program aimed at Ottawa Muslim girls

A shortfall in Planned Parenthood funding has lead to the loss of an award-winning sex-ed program aimed at Muslim girls. The program was developed by Planned Parenthood’s education co-ordinator Courtney Scanlan, who partnered with Faiza Hassan, a Somali Muslim, to tackle culturally-specific questions from Muslim youth.

United Way Ottawa funded the program for more than 35 years, but a controversial change in the application process last year left Planned Parenthood without the $60,000 a year it needs to run its community education program.