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CGSHE in the Media



South Asian advocate calls for vaccine clinics at faith-based centres | Dr. Farah Shroff interviewed by CityNews, 8 May 2021.

La situation de l’Inde vue d’un point de vue local | Dr. Farah Shroff interviewed by Radio-Canada, 27 April 2021.

New StatsCan report shows higher COVID-19 mortality rate for visible minorities | Dr. Farah Shroff interviews by CityNews, 10 March 2021

More than half of survey respondents say the pandemic stopped them from accessing necessary sexual health care | Dr. Troy Grennan quoted in CTV News Vancouver, 6 March 2021.

Fewer British Columbians sought sexual health services early in pandemic: survey | Dr. Troy Grennan quoted in Kamloops News, 5 March 2021.

Let’s talk about sex: A look at sex and sexual health services in the time of COVID-19, according to BCCDC | Drs. Troy Grennan & Mark Gilbert quoted in The Castlegar News, 5 March 2021.

Sex and COVID-19: BCCDC releases findings of sexual health services survey | Drs. Troy Grennan & Mark Gilbert quoted in Prince George Matters, 3 March 2021.

SFU gender and health equity researchers discuss sex work inequities during COVID-19 | Dr. Shira Goldenberg & Jennie Pearson interviewed by The Peak, 15 February 2021.

Advocates call on public health officials to address COVID-19 vaccine concerns in BIPOC communities | Dr. Farah Shroff interviewed by CityNews, 20 January 2021.

Want to reduce COVID-19? Target high-risk populations, health experts urge | CBC News, 17 January 2021.


One-third of all sex workers unable to call 911 due to fear of repercussions from cops: study Dr. Anna-Louise Crago interviewed by The Vancouver Sun, 30 January 2021.

Criminaliser les clients ne protège pas les travailleuses du sexe, selon une étude récente | Dr. Anna-Louise Crago comments in Metro, 28 January 2021.

Policing and the sex industry calls for change | Dr. Anna-Louise Crago interviewed by Global News Morning BC, 27 January 2021.

Nearly one-third of sex workers won’t call 911 due to fear of police, study finds| Dr. Anna-Louise Crago interviewed by CTV News, 27 January 2021.

One-third of Canadian sex workers don’t call 911 due to fear of police| Dr. Anna-Louise Crago comments in Vancouver is Awesome, 27 January 2021.

30% of sex workers don’t call 911 because of fear of police: study | Dr. Anna-Louise Crago interviewed by Global News, 26 January 2021.

Substance Use & Addiction

Silent crisis’ of male suicide getting worse across Canada | Dr. John Oliffe mentioned by The Globe and Mail, 30 April 2021.

The rock bottom high: The importance of checking drugs | Dr. Jane Buxton interviewed by News1150, 16 February 2021.

Stigma makes life worse for youth meth users, B.C. study finds | Dr. Rod Knight quoted in Prince George Matters, 6 January, 2021.

Stereotypes, stigma about meth make finding help harder for users | Dr. Rod Knight quoted in Castanet, 6 January, 2021.



Fear, frustration, compassion and shame: What nurses are dealing with during the pandemic | Meaghan Thumath featured by CBC News, 9 December 2020.

Mother at Whitehorse Correctional Centre unable to hold infant since March due to COVID-19 measuresDr. Ruth Elwood Martin interviewed by The Yukon News, 13 November 2020.

COVID-19 racial data, policy needed for B.C. to fight inequality in heath care: doctor | Dr. Farah Shroff interviewed by CityNews 1130, 8 November 2020.

Charting a post-pandemic path for urban Indigenous people | Dr. Brittany Bingham interviewed by The Tyee, 10 September 2020.

Indigenous researcher to study effect of COVID-19 policies on Aboriginal peoples| Dr. Brittany Bingham interview by Vancouver Sun, 18 August 2020.

Despite calls, B.C. still not collecting race-based COVID data | Dr. Farah Shroff interviewed by  Surrey Now-Leader, 18 June 2020.

COVID-19 and inequities in health| Below the Radar Conversations, 22 May 2020.

It’s hard to get tested for STIs right now. Here’s why that’s risky | The Tyee, 27 May 2020.

Whether it’s Ebola or COVID-19, Vancouver street nurse Meaghan Thumath feels at home helping the less fortunate| Meaghan Thumath interviewed by The Georgia Straight, 30 April 2020.

Race matters in a pandemic, but we’re not gathering basic data | Dr. Farah Shroff interviewed by The Tyee, 30 April 2020.

Here’s why it’s important to collect data on marginalized people | Dr. Farah Shroff interviewed by 980 CKNW, 24 April, 2020.

Advocates raise alarm as countries fail to collect racial data of coronavirus patients | Dr. Farah Shroff interviewed by WUWF 88.1, 24 April 2020.

Canada’s ‘colourblind’ coronavirus data could leave officials blind to racial inequities | Dr. Farah Shroff interviewed by CityNews 1130, 8 April 2020.


Vancouver sexual health centre to study issues faced by men in sex work industries | The Georgia Strait, 31 December 2020

‘Social death for trans and queer people’: How Canada’s conversion therapy bill fails to protect trans Canadians | The Pigeon, 14 December 2020.

Bill to ban LGBTQ2 conversion therapy re-opens Conservative Party split | Dr. Travis Salway interviewed by CityNews1130, 29 October 2020.

Dr. Lori Ross & Dr. Travis Salway: Bisexual stigma | Everybody Hates Me: Let’s Talk About Stigma Podcast, 29 September 2020.

Beyond the binary: trans-inclusive reproductive health| Nerdin’ About Podcast, 16 September 2020.

Why bisexual and pansexual parents struggle to find community | Huffington Post, 4 September 2020.

Research indicates attempts to repress sexuality, gender identity, are still widespread in Canada | CBC, 22 June 2020.

How universal health care fails queer communities | The Walrus, 27 March 2020.

Surviving conversion therapy | Xtra, 23 March 2020.

Rights supporters cheer Canada’s move toward conversion therapy ban | Reuters, 9 March 2020.

Pressure to keep up: status imbalance a major factor in stress in gay men| The Guardian, 29 February 2020.

Thousands of Canadians still experience conversion therapy despite bans: report | The Province, 24 February 2020.

Laws needed at every level to end conversion therapy | 660 News, 19 February 2020.

It’s not getting better for queer kids | Huffington Post, 10 February 2020.


Colby Zuback’s son needs heart surgery but is trapped in 90-day waiting period for MSP | Vancouver Sun, 24 October 2020.

Return of Medical Services Plan 90-day wait comes under fire | Times Colonist, 31 July 2020.


Dr. Shira Goldenberg & Stefanie Machado: Stigma and im/migration | Everybody Hates Me: Let’s Talk About Stigma, 21 September 2020.

Reproductive Justice

Immediate large scale change of the child welfare system needed, researchers say| Prince George Citizen, 20 December, 2020.

Mothers of children removed from their care are more likely to accidentally overdose, study shows | CBC News, 19 November, 2020.

New study shows child separation increases risk of overdose for mother | Global News, 20 November 2020.

Les mères plus à risque de surdose si elles perdent la garde de leur enfant | Radio Canada, 22 November 2020.

How child apprehensions cause moms to relapse and overdose| The Tyee, 2 December 2020.

Substance Use & Addiction

How Better Toxic Drug Alerts Could Save Lives | Dr. Jane Buxton quoted in The Tyee, 19 November 2020.


Most sex workers don’t report violence to police: Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity report | Global News, 16 December 2019.

Interview with Flo Ranville (CGSHE’s Community Engagement Associate / Qualitative Interviewer with the SHAWNA Project) | Sne’waylh, Co-op Radio 100.5 FM, 3 December 2019.

“Modern” conversion therapy: What is it, and how hard will it be to ban? | Toronto Star, 8 December 2019.

Pharmacare and Access to Abortion in Canada | The Charlatan, 22 November 2019.

Here’s why sex workers’ rights are a big issue this election | Flare, 18 October 2019.

Syphilis at highest rate in B.C. in more than 30 years | CBC News, 7 October 2019.

Demands grow for Canada to decriminalize sex work after the election | Global News, 3 October 2019.

Views from the frontlines: HIV testing by lay providers | Prevention in Focus: Spotlight on programming and research, CATIE, Fall 2019.

The art of the positive women | National Observer, 18 April 2019.


When walking while trans is a crime. Emma Whitford, The Cut, 31 January 2018.

Canada’s prostitution laws may not make sex work safer: research. André Picard, The Globe and Mail, 26 July 2018.


Open letter decries police posing as sex-worker clients in ‘repressive’ Operation Northern Spotlight. The Georgia Straight, 6 July 2017.

Sex workers who use psychedelic drugs have lower suicide risk, study finds. Andrea Woo, The Globe and Mail, 16 May 2017.

Psychedelic drugs could reduce the risk of suicide. Nicole Morley,, 2 May 2017.

Psychedelic drug use linked to lower suicide risk, finds study. Kashmira Gander,,2 May 2017.

Psychedelic use could lower suicide risk. Daniel Oberhaus,, 1 May 2017.

Legalisation of sex work associated with lower prevalence of HIV in sex workers. Roger Pebody,, 7 February 2017.

After pot, legalize heroin. CBC Radio, 31 

Sex work an occupational choice for some in industry: study. Linda Givetash, CTV News, 9 February 2017.

Canada: racial and gender justice for sex workers. Anna-Louise Crago & Robyn Maynard, World Policy Blog, 8 February 2017.

Legalisation of sex work associated with lower prevalence of HIV in sex workers. Roger Pebody, NAM Aidsmap, 7 February 2017.

Gentrification Threatens Vancouver Sex Workers. Jen Kinney, Next City, 1 February 2017.

Construction on the DTES is Endangering Trans Sex Workers. Aly Laube, The Runner, 31 January 2017.

5 Questions with Candice Norris, Peer Evaluator for the PLDI Impact Evaluation. Pacific AIDS Network, 18 January 2017.

Elena Argento (Researcher: Indian Sex Workers and Hallucinogens). Christopher Ryan podcast, 15 January 2017.

Les prostituées transsexuelles chassées du Downtown Eastside. Radio-Canada, 12 January 2017.

Downtown Eastside gentrification increases risks for trans sex workers: study. Lori Culbert, Vancouver Sun, 12 January 2017.

Dangerous liaisons. Jon Manchester,, 12 January 2017.

Cheque Day in the Downtown Eastside. The Globe and Mail, 1 January 2017.


Dr. Andrea Krüsi on the housing crisis, sex workers, and Bill C36: segment between  1:11:56 – 1:12:49. CBC The Early Edition, 12 October 2016.

CGSHE’s Dr. Andrea Krüsi speaks on the impact of C-36. Steve Chong, 11 October 2016.

Vancouver sex workers hold forum to discuss housing challenges. Justin McElroy & Kamil Karamali, CBC British Columbia, 11 October 2016.

War-related human rights violations fuel higher HIV burden among sex workers in conflict-affected Northern Uganda. Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, 31 August 2016.

Male sex workers in Vancouver feel safer on the internet than on the street. Linda Givetash, CBC News British Columbia, 7 July 2016.

5 reasons decriminalization protects sex workers’ rights. Margaret Huang, Rolling Stone, 9 June 2016.

Health risks for female sex workers and their children. Lisa Rapaport, Reuters Health, 26 May 2016.

Making AIDS Care Truly UniversalResearch2Reality, 19 May 2016. Download the transcript here

Should prostitution be a crime? Emily Bazelon, The New York Times, 5 May 2016.

Talking point: Let’s talk about sex work baby. Jade Barker, The Mercury, 8 April 2016.

New police approach to help sex workers proves ineffective. Emily McCarty, The Thunderbird, 1 April 2016.

3 Myths About Sex Work That Harm Everyone. Joe Scott, Yes! Magazine, 10 March 2016.

The Shame Game: The internet has given us a new public square. Now law enforcement is trying to harness its power. Suzy Khimm, The New Republic, 9 March 2016. 

Lancet report: Support sex workers to prevent, 23 July 2014.

Decriminalise sex work to help control Aids pandemic, scientists demand. Sarah Boseley, The Guardian, 22 July 2014.

Legalize sex work, ax the HIV rate. Jenny Kutner, Salon, 22 July 2014.

Calls grow to decriminalise sex work. Tamar Kahn,, 22 July 2014.

The Most Effective Way To Fight HIV Worldwide May Be Legal Prostitution. Richard Ingham, Business Insider, 22 July 2014.

Decriminalising prostitution would ‘slash HIV rates among sex workers.’ Dan MacGuill,, 22 July 2014.

Legalising sex work would slash HIV toll, study says. Richard Ingham, MedicalXpress, 22 July 2014.

“Decriminalise Prostitution”: Top medical journal Lancet calls for global action to protect sex workers from HIV. Charlie Cooper, The Independent, 22 July 2014.

International Aids Conference: Call for Governments Worldwide to Decriminalise Prostitution. Samantha Payne, International Business Times, 22 July 2014.

Decriminalizing sex work can avert HIV: Lancet report. C.H. Unnikrishnan, LiveMint, 22 July 2014.

AIDS conference told legalizing prostitution a simple way to curb HIV. Pauline Dakin, CBC News, 22 July 2014.

Study reveals decriminalization of sex work will reduce global HIV infections significantly. The Lawyer Herald, 22 July 2014.

The Lancet: Control of HIV pandemic will not be achieved without radical improvement in support for sex, 22 July 2014.

Scientists call for the decriminalization of sex work. Arielle Duhaime-Ross, The Verge, 22 July 2014.

The pros and cons of decriminalising, 22 Ju;y 2014 (updated 5 March 2019).

Legalising sex work would slash HIV toll: studyHindustan Times, 22 July 2014.

Africa: Sex Workers Seek HIV Prevention. Joe Decapua, All Africa, 22 July 2014.

Decriminalization of sex work could reduce HIV infections. Caelainn Hogan, The Washington Post, 21 July 2014.

Decriminalize sex work to help control AIDS pandemic, scientists demand at international conference. Sarah Boseley, The Guardian, 21 July 2014.

Canadian Sex Workers Are Speaking Out Against The Conservatives’ Prostitution Law. Ishmael N. Daro,, 10 July 2014.

Study critiques Vancouver’s prostitution policies. Melissa Roach, The Peak, 23 June 2014.

“Canadian Model” Sex Work Legislation Hurts Most Vulnerable. Arwen McKechnie, Gender Focus, 12 June 2014.