Chris Beckett, general manager of Marble Mountain, is seen next to a roll of big haul cable that arrived at the site Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, from Switzerland. The cable was manufactured especially for the new chair lift that the mountain is getting and on that roll is two miles of cable, weighing about 50,000 pounds. Its the biggest component received so far.
When it comes to helping young people make good sexual health decisions, Western Health is ensuring the rubber hits the road.
The regional health authority has teamed up with four taxi cab companies in western Newfoundland to provide free access to condoms and increase awareness of the importance of condom use.
For the next month, the participating taxis will have denim bags containing the contraceptives positioned on their back seats every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Customers will be allowed to take the condoms for free.
Having condoms available at no cost should help reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted infections, unplanned pregnancies and abortions in the western region, said Kim Dawson, Western Health’s reproductive health consultant.
The participating taxi companies are Deer Lake Taxi, Star Taxi in Corner Brook, Blue Bird Taxi in Stephenville and Scott’s Taxi in Port aux Basques. After the month-long Initiative, the taxi drivers will complete an evaluation to provide feedback from customers.
This initiative is supported by Sexual Health Working Group from Western Health and the Safer Bar committee, which is comprised of several community based organizations such as the AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador, Corner Brook Women’s Centre, Western Regional Coalition to End Violence and the Community Mental Health Initiative.
This initiative builds on last year’s Safer Bar Campaign, which promoted codes that could be scanned by smart phones for instant access to www.clubcode.ca. The website contains information about standard drink sizes, sexual violence, safer sex, drinking and driving, as well as…