Terms & Conditions

1. Use of this Website

By using this website, you are agreeing to these terms of use.  If you do not agree to all of these terms of use, do not use this site. St. Michael’s Hospital may revise and update these terms without notice at any time. Your continued use of this site means that you accept those changes.  You are not permitted to change these terms of use.

St. Michael’s Hospital is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  These terms of use are an Ontario contract.

2. No Medical Advice

The information on this website is provided for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional legal advice, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

If you have or suspect you have a health problem, please consult your family physician. If you have or suspect you are experiencing a health emergency, please promptly visit a hospital emergency department in your area.  Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

This site contains health-related and medical-related materials that may be explicit. If you find these materials offensive, you may not want to use our site.

If you rely on any information appearing on or provided in relation to this site, you do so solely at your own risk.

3. Jurisdiction

If you are in a jurisdiction where access to this website or use of this website is illegal, do not use this site. St. Michael’s Hospital is not responsible for your decision to use this site contrary to any laws.

These terms of use are governed by the laws of Ontario and the federal laws of Canada excluding any rules of conflict of laws.  You and St. Michael’s Hospital attorn to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Ontario.

4. Age Requirements

The website is provided for use by persons who are at least 19 years old and who can form legally binding contracts under applicable law.  By using this website, you represent to us that you are at least 19 years old have the authority to enter into this contract.

5. User Obligations

Anyone who uses this website (“User”) shall comply with the following obligations:

(a)    Users shall not upload, transmit or post any communications or content of any kind that infringes or violates the rights of anyone else.
(b)    Users shall not use this site for any purpose in violation of any laws, including local, national and international laws.
(c)    Users shall not use this site as a means to distribute advertising or other unsolicited materials to anyone.  Users shall not post advertisements or solicitations of business on the blog.
(d)    Users shall not post material that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful or embarrassing to anyone, as determined by us in our sole discretion.
(e)    Users shall not impersonate another person.
(f)    Users shall not permit another person to use the User’s identification for posting or viewing comments.
(g)    Users shall not post the same note more than once (e.g., spam).
(h)    Users shall not post chain letters or pyramid schemes on the blog.
(i)    Users shall not post links to websites that contain materials that would violate these obligations if they were posted directly on the blog.

6. Communications and Posting Content

By posting any comments, posts or other material on this site, you give St. Michael’s Hospital the irrevocable right to use your submission for any purpose in any form and on any media, including the right to reproduce, publish, distribute, display, modify and create derivative works from your submission. Healthydebate.ca closes comments two months after content is published.

St. Michael’s Hospital reserves the right (but is not obligated) to do any of the following:

(a)    Remove communications that fail to conform to these terms of use in any way, including communications that are abusive, illegal or disruptive;
(b)    Terminate a User’s access to the blog feature upon any breach of these terms of use; or
(c)    Edit or delete any communications posted on the blog feature regardless of whether the communications fail to conform to these terms of use.

7. Privacy

We are committed to protecting privacy.  If you transmit any personally identifiable information, you are consenting to the public disclosure of that information in the forum to which you have transmitted it.  You are not permitted to post any information that is personally identifiable information of another individual.

St. Michael’s Hospital collects, uses and discloses your personal information in accordance with the HealthyDebate.ca Privacy Policy.  By using this website, you are consenting to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with HealthyDebate.ca’s Privacy Policy.

8. Copyright

Unless stated otherwise in reference to a particular document or material, the materials provided on this website are provided under the terms of a CreativeCommons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike license.  The terms of the license are available at:  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ .  Attributions are to be made to HealthyDebate.ca, a project under the direction of Dr. Andreas Laupacis, at the Keenan Research Centre, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital.

Certain documents or materials may be available under other license terms.  If so, those documents or materials will be identified with a copyright notice and a reference to the terms of use for those particular documents or materials.  If you are interested in licensing any of these materials, please contact the Director, Research Operations of St. Michael’s Hospital at info[at]healthydebate.ca.

9. Trademarks & Use of Name

The names “HealthyDebate.ca”, “Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute”, “Keenan Research Centre” and “St. Michael’s Hospital” and the Angel logo are trade-marks, trade-names and service-marks (“Marks”) owned by St. Michael’s Hospital. Other product and service names and logos appearing on the website may be registered or unregistered Marks of their respective owners. Nothing on this website grants you any right to use any Marks. You shall not use the Marks of St. Michael’s Hospital or the names of any of its personnel for any purpose without obtaining written permission from the department of Public Relations of St. Michael’s Hospital.

10. Using the Site as a Source

We welcome links to pages on our website if the following guidelines are observed:

(a)    You will notify HealthyDebate.ca by sending an email to the contact person listed at the bottom of these terms of use;
(b)    You will check your links often to ensure they remain active because we may change the URLs for individual pages as we update content;
(c)    Re-posting content or images on other websites or framing this websites pages within another website is prohibited; and
(d)    Paraphrasing or excerpting HealthyDebate.ca content is not permitted.

If you need to describe our website, please use the following description:

“HealthyDebate.ca is a project under the direction of Dr. Andreas Laupacis, at the Keenan Research Centre, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital.”

11. Termination & Survival

If you breach these terms of use, in addition to any other remedies it may have, St. Michael’s Hospital has the right to terminate your use of this website or any portion of it.  We will not be liable to you or anyone else for any such termination.  The following provisions will survive termination of these terms of reference: Limitation of Liability and Indemnity.

12. Disclaimers

St. Michael’s Hospital makes no representations as to any matter whatsoever, including accuracy, fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement.  The opinions expressed on the website do not reflect opinions of St. Michael’s Hospital. The views expressed in the Blogs that appear in the Opinions section do not reflect the views of healthydebate.ca or St. Michael’s Hospital.

Any websites linked from this website are created by other organizations. Those organizations are responsible for the information contained within their sites. Even when this website refers or links to another website, St. Michael’s Hospital does not endorse the content on any other organization’s website. St. Michael’s Hospital does not control and is not responsible for the content of those websites or any advertisements on those websites.  Your use of those other websites is at your own risk and subject to the terms of use for those sites.

We do not operate, control, supply, or endorse any information, products, services or merchandise that is not clearly identified as supplied by St. Michael’s Hospital.  We do not represent that files available for downloading will be free from any code that contains contaminating or destructive properties, including infections, viruses, worms or Trojan horses.

13. Limitation of Liability

The site and the content provided are on an “as is” basis. When using the site, information will be transmitted over a medium that is beyond the control and jurisdiction of St. Michael’s Hospital. St. Michael’s Hospital assumes no liability for or relating to the delay, failure, interruption or corruption of any data or other information transmitted in connection with use of this site.

St. Michael’s Hospital is not liable to you or anyone else for any decision made or action taken based on reliance upon the information contained on or provided through this website.  The sole and exclusive remedy for dissatisfaction with this site is to stop using this site.

14. Indemnity

You shall indemnify St. Michael’s Hospital, its officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors, content providers and contractors for any claims, liabilities, harms and losses (including reasonable legal and accounting fees) resulting from or related to your violation of these terms of use.

15. Sponsorship

St. Michael’s Hospital will accept sponsorship of the website but will not accept advertising on the website.  Sponsors are acknowledged on the ‘Our Sponsors’ portion of the website.  Sponsorship revenue is used to support HealthyDebate.ca as well as research and education at St. Michael’s Hospital.  For inquiries concerning sponsorship opportunities, contact info@healthydebate.ca.

St. Michael’s Hospital does not endorse any companies, products or services.  Sponsors are not permitted to make any claims that St. Michael’s Hospital has endorsed any companies, products or services.  Certain types of sponsorship will not be accepted by St. Michael’s Hospital, including sponsorship from alcohol or tobacco manufacturers or distributors.

Some of the content on this website is provided by persons who are under research collaboration or a consulting arrangement with St. Michael’s Hospital (“Content Provider”). All content on this website has been independently developed by St. Michael’s Hospital and/or its Content Providers.  If materials have been submitted by a Content Provider, we will identify that Content Provider as providing the materials.

Funding original content on this site does not entitle any sponsor to have any influence over the content.  If one of our sponsors has funded original content provided to this site, we will identify that content as funded by the sponsor.

Mobile Terms

These terms of use apply to any program, content or service accessed via your mobile telephone and to any software modules operating within HealthyDebate.ca’s mobile environment on your mobile device.  The use of any of these programs, content, services or software modules is interpreted as use of this website for the purposes of these terms of reference.

Widget / Cookies (or other applications) Terms

HealthyDebate.ca may use cookies to help improve the content within our site by helping us understand how visitors use and how many times the same visitor will revisit our site. You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent or you can choose to turn off all cookies. This can be done through your browser. Each browser is a little different, so look at your browser’s help menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookie acceptance. If you turn cookies off, you won’t have access to many features provided by various websites, including personalized login sessions and the storage of your personal preferences.

General Terms

Our failure to act with respect to a breach of these terms of use by you or anyone else does not waive our right to act with respect to subsequent or similar breaches. These terms of use set forth the entire understanding and agreement between you and St. Michael’s Hospital with respect to the use of this website. In the event of a conflict between these terms of use and any statement or materials on the website, these terms of use prevail.

The parties have expressly requested and required that this contract and all other related documents be drawn up in the English language. Les parties conviennent et exigent expressement que ce contrat et tous les documents qui s’y rapportent soient rediges en anglais.

If you have any questions about these terms of use or the website in general, please contact us via e-mail at info[at]healthydebate.ca.