Effective Date – February 20, 2020
Healthy Debate (“We”, “Us”, “Our”) is a Not-for-Profit organization. It operates this website (“Site”) as a platform to share its mission: to provide accurate, accessible information about health care to the public, practitioners, journalists, students, managers and policy makers; to enable experts to share their insights about Canadian health care; to be platform for experts share their insights about Canadian health care; and to teach communication and advocacy skills to students, patients and health care.
We provide an opportunity for you, our readers, to participate by sharing content, submitting guest posts and leaving comments at the end of articles and opinions. As a reader, sharer of content or contributor, you are referred to herein as (“You”, “Your”, “User(s)”).
Healthy Debate may revise and update these Terms without notice at any time. Your continued use of this site means that You accept those changes. The date of the most recent version of these Terms is noted above as its Effective Date. We welcome You to check back at any time to make sure You are aware of current Terms. Healthy Debate does not and will not accept any other Terms.
2. Age Requirements
This Site is for Users who are at least 13 years old. If You are under 18, please get a parent or guardian’s permission before using the Site and before making any contribution.
If You authorize a minor to access this Site, then You agree to be fully responsible for: (i) controlling the minor’s access to and use of that the Site; and (ii) the consequences of any misuse by the minor. You acknowledge that some of the areas of the Site and some of the Content may include material that is inappropriate for minors.
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4. Trademarks & Use of Name
The name Healthy Debate and “HealthyDebate.ca”, and other product and service names and logos (“Marks”) appearing on the website are or 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 Healthy Debate or the names of any of its personnel for any purpose without obtaining written permission from Healthy Debate.
5. User Obligations
There are three ways to use this Site:
- Reading its Content;
- Sharing its Content;
- Contributing by way of Comments or a guest post.
5.1. Reading its Content
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.
5.2. Sharing its Content
We welcome links to pages on our website if the following guidelines are observed:
- Re-posting content or images on other websites by framing this website’s pages within another website is prohibited; and
- Paraphrasing or excerpting HealthyDebate.ca content is permitted so long as the material content is not changed.
If You need to describe our website, please use the following description: “HealthyDebate.ca publishes journalism about healthcare in Canada.”
5.3. Contributing to Content by way of Comments or Guest Posts
This is the link for the guest post submission guidelines.
By contributing any comments, posts or other material on this site, You give Healthy Debate 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 by providing a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide licence to publish and communicate to the public any material You submit to us in any format, including without limitation print and electronic format. You also agree that We may permit other parties to publish and communicate to the public any material You submit to us in any format.
As is reflective of its name, Healthy Debate believes that there may be different views of an issue, and by transparently presenting them we all become more informed. Your comments and posts should be made in the spirit of building on the ideas that are presented, by fact based and preferable sourced material. Accordingly, Your contributions should be:
- Fact based;
- Declare any conflicts of interest; and
- Not an unsubstantiated claim.
Users shall not:
- post advertisements or solicitations of business;
- post material that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful or embarrassing to anyone, as determined by us in our sole discretion;
- impersonate another person or post the personal information of another person.
- post the work of another person or to which You do not have rights;
- permit another person to use the User’s identification for posting or viewing comments.
- post the same note more than once (e.g., spam);
- post chain letters or pyramid schemes on the blog, or;
- post links to websites that contain materials that would violate these obligations if they were posted directly on the blog.
Healthy Debate reserves the right (but is not obligated), in its sole discretion, to do any of the following:
- Not publish submissions, in its sole discretion;
5.4 Users Restrictions, general
Users shall not:
- upload, transmit or post any communications or content of any kind that infringes or violates the rights of anyone else.
- use this site for any purpose in violation of any laws, including local, national and international laws.
- use this site as a means to distribute advertising or other unsolicited materials to anyone.
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.
8. Termination & Survival
Healthy Debate makes no representations as to any matter whatsoever, including accuracy, fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement. The views expressed in the Comments and that appear in the Opinions section do not reflect the views of Healthy Debate.
10. 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 Healthy Debate. Healthy Debate 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.
Healthy Debate 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.
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Healthy Debate does not endorse any companies, products or services. Sponsors are not permitted to make any claims that Healthy Debate has endorsed any companies, products or services. Certain types of sponsorship will not be accepted by Healthy Debate, including sponsorship from alcohol or tobacco manufacturers or distributors.
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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.
13. General Terms
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.
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