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Legal Notices & Disclaimers



Access to and use of this site is provided by Coming Forward (“us” – also “we” and “our”) on the following conditions and according to any other directions or rules of use on this site (“Terms”). If you access this site (other than to read these Terms for the first time), you agree to these Terms. If you do not agree to these Terms, you should not review information or obtain goods or products from this site.


Changes to Terms

We reserve the right to change the Terms at any time by posting changes on-line. You are responsible for informing yourself of any changes by regularly reviewing these pages. If you access the site after changes are posted, you agree to all changes (including those which you are then unaware have been posted).



Opinions expressed on this site are those of the relevant contributors. We do not necessarily share those opinions.


No Advice Given

If you require specific advice for your individual circumstances, consult an appropriate expert directly. Do not rely on the general material on this site. We will endeavour to assist you if you specifically inquire about matters in which we have expertise, but cannot accept any responsibility for doing this.


Continued Site Availability

We do not warrant that we will continue to make this site available generally or at all and reserve the right at any time to impose or increase fees for your future access to any material appearing on this site. We reserve the right at any time to alter the site in such a way as to change the equipment needed by you to access or use the site or any part of it.


Privacy Policy


General Use

We do not intentionally collect personal information of users who passively view our website. The I.P. address and other information of users who post information on our message boards, however, may be retained and stored. Furthermore, attempts to contact us through email of through our contact form will contain the sender’s I.P. address and other information, which may be stored electronically.



With the exception of our discussion board, this website does not actively employ the use of cookies. That being said, we do not guarantee that cookies will not be used by sites linking to or from this website or by scripts, programs, submission forms, or other interactive content that may be found on this website.


Information Volunteered to Us

Information that you send to us by email or by using any submission form on this website including this website’s contact form, signing up for our newsletter, or that you volunteer through our message board may be collected, stored, and used by us to contact you and by using this site you expressly consent to such contact.


External Links

Links to other websites are found on this website. You are advised by following links to other websites you may encounter privacy policies that are significantly different than our own. We cannot guarantee how other websites will collect and use your personal information and thus we encourage users to check the details of the each of these websites individually.


Copyright and Intellectual Property


International Copyright Protection

The material on this web site is protected by copyright under the laws of Canada and, through international treaties, other countries.


Ownership and Control

Unless otherwise indicated, all rights (including copyright) in the content and compilation of these web pages and online images (including text, graphics, logos, button icons, video images, audio clips and software) are owned or controlled for these purposes, and are reserved, by us. Opinion articles are also governed by our Contributors Agreement.


Personal, Organizational, and Non-Commercial Use

You are authorized to download and view content, for your own personal, non-profit, or non-commercial use, provided that you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices. If you are an internet service or access provider, you are authorized to grant access to this site, intact, to your subscribers. You must not, without our prior written permission, exploit any of our site materials for commercial purposes.


Creative Commons License

If a web page indicates that the content of that page is available for a dealing under a creative commons license, you are also authorized to deal with the relevant content under the terms of that license.


User conduct


Lawful Use Only

You must use this site only for lawful purposes.


General Prohibitions

You must not upload, post, transmit or otherwise make available through this site any material which:

  • violates or infringes the rights of others (including their privacy and publicity rights);
  • is unlawful, threatening, abusive, defamatory, invasive of privacy, vulgar, obscene, profane or which may harass or cause distress or inconvenience to, or incite hatred of, any person;
  • encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offence, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any law.
  • restricts or inhibits any other user from using or enjoying this site;
  • affects the functionality or operation of this site or its servers or the functionality or operation of any users’ computer systems (for example, by transmitting a computer virus or other harmful component, whether or not knowingly); or
  • breaches any standards, content requirements or codes promulgated by any relevant authority, including authorities which require us to take remedial action under any applicable industry code.



Electronic addresses posted on this site are published for professional communications only and do not constitute an invitation to send unsolicited commercial emails, including (but not limited to) emails offering to supply goods or services. Except as authorized by these Terms, you must not harvest email addresses from this site or use or publish email addresses for any purpose without our written consent.


No Promotional Materials

You must not, without our prior written consent, upload, post, transmit or otherwise make available through this site any material which contains promotional material, advertising or any solicitation (whether commercial or otherwise) for products of services.


No Infringement of Others’ Proprietary Rights

You must not, without the express permission of the relevant rights owner, upload, post, transmit or otherwise make available through this site any material protected by copyright, trade mark or other proprietary rights.


Contributors’ Agreement


Our License to Use Your Contributions

If you submit material to this site, you grant, or warrant that the owner of such material has granted, to us and our affiliates, third-party content providers and licensors a world-wide, non-exclusive, royalty free, perpetual, irrevocable, unrestricted and fully sub-licensable right to:

  • use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display such materials, or incorporate them in other works, in whole or in part (provided you selected the public submission and publication options when submitting your content);
  • use the names and images (if any, provided you selected the public submission and publication options when submitting your content) that you submit with any such material, including names and images identifying you as the author of the material; and
  • exploit all proprietary rights (such as copyright, trade marks and service marks) in any such material (provided you selected the public submission and publication options when submitting your content), in any form, media or technology now known or later developed, for any purpose, commercial or otherwise (including promotion of us or our objectives).

You consent to us and any person authorized by us doing any or all of the above despite similar rights you may have or later acquire in respect of any such material. At our request and expense, you will execute and deliver to us all such instruments and take such other actions as may be requested by us to obtain the benefit of and perfect this grant of license and consent.


Others’ License to Use Your Contributions

If we publish material submitted by you, you permit all other users to access, view, store or reproduce the material for their personal, non-commercial use. If we publish material submitted by you on a web page that indicates that the content of that page is available for a dealing under a creative commons license, others are also authorized to deal with the relevant content under the terms of that license. Subject to a separate written agreement with you, we may elect whether or not to make your material available to others under a creative commons license. Typically, comments and forum postings will be available under a creative commons license (but this does not limit our rights to treat other materials in the same manner).


Contributors Agreement for Opinions

These Terms supplement other rights we might have, for example our rights in relation to contributors under our Contributors Agreement for Opinions. By submitting a contribution to us for inclusion in Opinions, Blog,  or Stories, you agree to be bound by the Contributors’ Agreement.


Monitoring Site Content

If you submit material to this site, you permit us, for any reason, to:

  • monitor the content of this site, including chat rooms, electronic bulletin boards, forums and other communications facilities, to determine compliance with these conditions; and
  • edit, refuse to post, or remove any material submitted by you.

However, we do not assume any obligation to monitor or censor materials.


Forums and Discussion Boards

We reserve the right to host moderated or unmoderated forums or other web pages to which site users can post materials (“Forums”). We are not responsible for:

  • materials posted to Forums by third parties, whether or not we moderate those Forums;
  • materials altered by us in moderating Forums; or
  • our removal of, or failure to remove, all or any part of those materials.


Disclaimer About Others’ Materials

You acknowledge that third party materials appearing on this site are not necessarily controlled or monitored by us and that the views expressed are not necessarily ours.


Linking to This Site

You are welcome to create links from your web pages to these web pages.


Products on Linked Sites

Third party web sites accessed through links on this site, or advertisements, their referral buttons or embedded hyperlinks, might contain representations or offers which you can accept by linking to a relevant site and executing a transaction. These are not representations or offers made by us and the relevant third party is solely responsible to you for the delivery, condition and suitability of any products or services you purchase by accessing those sites.


General provisions


Canadian Laws Apply

This site (excluding any linked, third party sites) is controlled by us from Ontario, Canada. Subject to any overriding conflict of laws principle, these Terms and your dealings with us are governed by the laws in force in Ontario, Canada. You irrevocably and unconditionally submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of courts exercising jurisdiction there.


Entire Agreement

These Terms constitute the entire and only agreement between us and you, and supersede all prior or contemporaneous agreements, conduct, representations, warranties and understandings with respect to the site or the subject matter of these Terms.


Unenforceable Terms

Any provision of these Terms that is prohibited or unenforceable in any jurisdiction will be ineffective in that jurisdiction to the extent of the prohibition or unenforceability. That will not invalidate the remaining Terms nor affect the validity or enforceability of that provision in any other jurisdiction.


Site Or Content May Be Unlawful Outside Canada

We do not warrant that the content of this site complies with the laws of any country outside of  Canada. If you access this site from outside of Canada, you do so at your own risk and you accept responsibility for ensuring or confirming compliance with all laws that apply to you as a result of that access or any consequent transactions or dealings with us.


Your Responsibilities Under Laws Affecting You

You are responsible for ensuring that your use of this site is lawful, does not infringe any third party’s rights and does not breach any standards, content requirements or codes promulgated by any relevant authority (including relevant Internet industry codes of practice).


Legal Age

You warrant that you are of legal age and capacity. Children must not use this site without the express permission of their parents, guardians, or other responsible adults.


No Offers Where Illegality Arises

Nothing on this site constitutes an offer to provide products or services in any jurisdiction if to do so would contravene the laws of that jurisdiction.


English Language

These Terms have been prepared in the English language and must be construed accordingly.