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Men's Health/Mortality According to a 2013 study commissioned by the Canadian Men's Health Foundation, men's health issues cost the economy $36B each year. Nearly 40% of men were inactive, 20% smoked, and 12%drank alcohol to excess. (24 hours, June 17, 2015)

Men's Health/Mortality Researchers at UBC and The BC Lung Association have teamed up to host a website that helps men quit smoking. In 2011, 18% of men smoked compared to 11%of women. The website can be found at (24 hours, April 14, 2015)

Professional Misconduct: Police A judge has found that an RCMP officer lied at a public inquiry into the fatal use of a Taser against a Polish immigrant at the Vancouver airport. (Metronews, February 23, 2015)

Professional Misconduct: Police A BC father whose baby daughter was taken out of the country to Australia against his wishes is suing the RCMP for negligence. (February 16, 2015)

False Allegation A BC man has been allowed by the BC Court of Appeal to sue a teenage girl for a false rape allegation. He has documents showing that at the time of the alleged rape he was working 1,500 kilometres away in Alberta. (Metronews, February 16, 2015)

Professional Misconduct: Police A Vancouver police office has admitted to pushing a disabled woman. He is asking for a 2-day suspension while the province's police complaint commissioner is asking for 8-10 days. (Metronews, October 7, 2014)

Professional Misconduct: Police An RCMP officer from Vancouver Island has been found guilty of aggravated assault. He shot a man in the shoulder during a traffic stop. (Metronews Weekend, February 15-17, 2013).

Gender Discrimination The University of Windsor's Legal Aid program helps women who are alleged offenders in domestic abuse cases; men are not provided this assistance. (National Post, September 27, 2012)

Gender Differences According to the Canadian Nurses Association, only 6% of nurses are male. (Metronews, July 30, 2012)

Professional Misconduct: Police A former RCMP officer, found guilty of obstruction of justice after killing a man in a suspected drunk-driving crash, has been handed a one-year conditional sentence that includes one month of house arrest. (24 hours, July 30, 2012)

False Allegation An Abbotsford woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted by two men has now admitted her claim was a sham. She will not be charged for making the bogus report. (24 hours, July 27, 2012)

Professional Misconduct: Teachers A Montreal teacher was fired for showing his students a horrific murder video linked to an alleged body-parts killer. (24 hours, June 15, 2012)

Professional Misconduct: Police An RCMP officer who was disciplined in Alberta has been transferred to BC. He used to drink and have sex in his office, and use an unmarked RCMP vehicle for sexual encounters. (24 hours, May 25, 2012)

Violence/Abuse:Women A BC woman who killed her husband in a domestic dispute has been convicted of second-degree murder. (24 hours, May 24, 2012)

Professional Misconduct: Police The Deputy Chief of Police of the Vancouver Police Department was ticketed for driving without due care and attention. He was using a cell phone to answer a work-related call while driving and crashed into a vehicle in front of him. (24 hours, March 15, 2012)

Professional Misconduct: Police The Chief of Police of Victoria, BC has been reprimanded for improperly storing his firearm. (Metronews, February 23, 2012)

Professional Misconduct: Police Fourteen officers of the Vancouver Police Department are under investigation for allegedly emailing each other pornography over work computers. Some have already been reprimanded, transferred or suspended. (Metronews, February 17-19, 2012)

Professional Misconduct: Police A Vancouver police officer who dealt drugs on the job has been sentenced to three years in jail. (24 hours, September 23-25, 2011)

Professional Misconduct: Doctors A Lower Mainland cardiologist has been suspended after admitting to sending inappropriate text messages to a patient. (Metronews, August 8, 2011)

Professional Misconduct: Police A Kelowna Mountie has been suspended without pay after he was caught on video kicking a man in the face during an arrest. (Metronews, May 31, 2011)

Professional Misconduct: Police An off-duty New Westminster police officer has been found guilty of attacking a newspaper deliveryman. (Metronews, April 6, 2011)

Professional Misconduct: Police An RCMP officer has been fined after pleading guilty to driving without due care and attention in a car crash that killed two men. (24 hours, March 18-20, 2011)

Men's Health/Mortality A recent Canadian study by Bilsker, Goldenberg and Davison, Roadmap to Men's Health, notes that men in BC die on average 4.4 years younger than women. The four main sources of premature death for Canadian men are cardiovascular disease, suicide, motor vehicle accidents, and workplace accidents. "Having a Y chromosome should not be seen as possessing a self-destruct mechanism." (Vancouver Sun, March 5, 2011)

Men's Health/Mortality One male is dead and two others are seriously injured after their car went off the road and struck a telephone pole in Surrey. According to police, speed and alcohol were factors in the collision. (24 hours, November 1, 2010)

Professional Misconduct: Police Two RCMP officers from the Lower Mainland have been suspended for separate alleged inappropriate relationships (one with a witness in a case, and the other with a supervisee). (24 hours, June 23, 2010)

Violence/Abuse: Women A Vancouver woman has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her two newborn sons. (Metronews, June 3, 2010)

Professional Misconduct: Police A Vancouver police officer has been fired for selling marijuana while on duty. (Metronews, April 22, 2010)

Professional Misconduct:Judges A Toronto immigration judge has been found guilty of breach of trust and bribery. He had offered to approve a refugee claimant's application in exchange for sex. (Metronews, April 22, 2010)

Men's Health/Mortality A Vancouver Coastal Health/UBC study on utilization of community health centres found that only four per cent of patients are male. Young men interviewed in the study preferred the centres to look more like doctors' offices. There are plans to make the centres more male-friendly. (Metronews, April 7, 2010)

Gender Differences According to a Canadian Medical Association Journal study released last year, 88% of avalanche fatalities between 1984 and 2005 were male. Of the 20 people killed in British Columbia in the past two winters, every victim was male. Juliet Zhu, marketing professor at the University of British Columbia says that the data may be due to men's tendency to engage in riskier behaviours than women, and their early socialization to not cry and to be strong. (Metronews, March 23, 2010)

Violence/Abuse: Women A New Brunswick woman avoided jail after beating her boyfriend with a frying pan and stabbing him with a kitchen knife. In sentencing her, the judge said if the role was reversed he is "doubtful" the sentence would be as light. "More likely he would be incarcerated for a significant period of time." "(But) I don't intend to rock the boat today." (Telegraph-Journal, January 27, 2010)

Professional Misconduct: Police Vancouver police have apologized to a man who was arrested and injured during their process of responding to a domestic assault call. This was a case of mistaken identity. (Metro Weekend, January 22-24,2010)

Professional Misconduct: Police An off-duty Mountie has been charged with numerous alcohol and driving offences after a car crash on the Second Narrows Bridge last year. (Metronews, January 11, 2010)

Professional Misconduct : Police In a survey of Mounties (RCMP) 19% reported being harassed or abused by superiors, supervisors or co-workers. Twenty-seven percent of respondents contemplate quitting at least once a month. (24 Hours, December 18-20, 2009)

Professional Misconduct: Police The Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP has released a scathing report on the Taser-involved death of Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver airport. The Commission found the officers "failed to adopt a measured, coordinated and appropriate response," made "no meaningful attempt to de-escalate the situation," and used the Taser in a "premature and inappropriate" manner. The report went on to make 16 recommendations. (24 Hours, December 9, 2009)

Professional Misconduct: Police A man has been awarded $13,000 for injury and wrongful arrest by the Vancouver police. (Vancouver Sun, October 15, 2009)

Wrongful arrest/conviction A North Shore man has won his lawsuit against the West Vancouver police for wrongful arrest. (Vancouver Sun, September 23, 2009)

Professional Misconduct: Police A judge in Smithers, BC concluded that members of the Burns Lake RCMP roughed up a handcuffed prisoner, failed to keep notes, did not file proper reports, erased key videotapes and ignored court disclosure requests. The judge acquitted the man of the charges he was facing. The judge, however, was not in a position to discipline the officers. (Vancouver Sun, September 21, 2009)

False Allegation A Hofstra University student who told police she had been gang-raped by five men on campus has recanted her story. She has now told police that the sex was consensual. (Metro Weekend, September 18-20, 2009)

Professional Misconduct: Lawyers Jaspreet Malik, the lawyer son of a man acquitted in the 1995 Air India bombing, will face discipline from the BC Law Society after the society concluded he lied to a BC Supreme Court judge. (Metro Weekend, September 18-20, 2009)

Professional Misconduct: Police According to BC's police complaint commissioner there were 77 substantiated incidents of police misconduct in the first eight months of this year. Officers were either disciplined or corrective measures were taken. (Metronews, September 10, 2009)

Professional Misconduct: Teachers In a Vancouver court, a teacher was jailed for six months and given two years' probation for sexually assaulting her teenage student. (Metronews, September 9, 2009)

False Allegation A 16-year-old girl apparently fabricated a report that a man tried to sexually assault her near Chilliwack. She could face charges of public mischief. Commenting on this an officer said, "Anyone who feels they are in a situation where they may feel compelled to lie should truly consider ... the fear that could be caused in the community." (Metro Weekend, September 4-7, 2009)

False Allegation An Abbotsford woman has admitted to fabricating a story in which she told police a man broke into her home and sexually assaulted her. She has been charged with public mischief because "the reported incident created fear in the public and a large investment of police resources was mobilized to investigate the bogus event." (Metronews, August 13, 2009)

Wrongful arrest/conviction Donald Marshall died in early August. Marshall was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1971. He spent 11 years in prison before being released. A subsequent royal commission resulted in changes to Nova Scotia's criminal investigative practices. (The Province, August 11, 2009)

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