Here's one for the WTF files.
Evidently only about 35% of girls in the Calgary Catholic school system have received vaccinations against the human papilloma virus, which is estimated to cause 70% of cervical cancers. As you are probably aware, the vaccine is being offered to girls in grades 5-9, as protection against the virus which is often spread through sexual contact, and so far about 75% of girls in the public school system have been vaccinated.
For girls outside of this age bracket, parents must pay the +$600.00 cost, so it seems a no-brainer to take the opportunity to have your daughters vaccinated within the school program, right?
However, the Calgary Catholic school board has decided not to allow the vaccination within the schools. Bishop Fred Henry has apparently objected to these vaccinations on a moral ground, saying that they will encourage premarital sex. According to his way of thinking, if girls know they are protected against HPV, they will be more likely to engage in sexually activity.
I don't know about you, but the possibility of cervical cancer never once entered into the decision making process (such as it is) anytime I ever contemplated sex. I just don't see how leaving girls open to the possibility of contracting a life-threatening disease is a good deterrent against promiscuity. If you had daughters, wouldn't you do everything you could to ensure that they are protected against the possibility of cervical cancer?
Also, does anybody have any idea what the hell has happened to MyDataBus? I pay to use the damned site, in order to host my articles and such, and it has disappeared off the face of the internetz. Swallowed up in zeroes and ones.
Can you recommend any other hosting sites?