HIV spike among B.C. drug users associated with COVID-19 lockdown, research says

A man draws an unknown illicit substance into a syringe before injecting it into his arm as people gather for a rally and march to call on the government to provide a safe supply of illicit drugs in Vancouver, on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Researchers at the the University of British Columbia have found reduced access to HIV care and prevention services during early COVID-19 lockdowns were associated with a "sharp increase" in infection rates among drug users. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck A man draws an unknown illicit substance into a syringe before injecting it into his arm as people gather for a rally and march to call on the government to provide a safe supply of illicit drugs in Vancouver, on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Researchers at the the University of British Columbia have found reduced access to HIV care and prevention services during early COVID-19 lockdowns were associated with a "sharp increase" in infection rates among drug users. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin acquitted on 1988 sexual assault charge

A Quebec civilian judge has acquitted Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin of sexual assault over an allegation that dates back to 1988. Judge Richard Meredith said he believes the complainant was sexually assaulted, but said the Crown did not establish beyond a reasonable doubt that it was Fortin who had assaulted her.