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Core Spaces’ proposal for an apartment building at 126 Langdon St. Will be considered by the Urban Design Commission on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Share Share this Story: UCP cancels gay conversion therapy ban working group Copy Link Email Facebook Twitter Reddit Pinterest LinkedIn TumblrNews Local News COVID 19 Politics Crime National COVID 19 World Videos Weather Archives Business Energy Local Business Open during COVID Real Estate Commercial Real Estate FP Markets FP Headlines FP Money Technology Gaming Internet Personal Tech Science Space Tech Biz Small Business Alberta’s Top Employers Opinion Columnists Letters Editorials Arts Local Arts Movies Movie Listings Television TV Listings Theatre Music Celebrity Books Swerve Listings Sports Hockey Calgary Flames NHL Football Calgary Stampeders CFL NFL Spruce Meadows Baseball Golf Golf Videos Curling Soccer International Soccer MLS Rodeo Chucks Tennis Auto Racing Life Shopping Essentials Health Women Men Seniors Sexual Health Diet Fitness Family Child Food Taste Alberta Recipes Homes Calgary Homes and Design New Homes Condos Rec Properties Fashion Beauty Parenting Relationships Puzzles New York Times Crossword Comics Advice Horoscopes Royals Travel Ski Snowboard Contests Readers’ Choice Obituaries Browse Notices Place an Obituary Place an In Memoriam Classifieds Browse Listings Place an Ad Business Card Directory Celebrations Real Estate Marketplace Local Directory This Week’s Flyers Jobs Special Sections Auction Driving Healthing The GrowthOp Podcasts ePaper Our Offers My Account FAQShare this Story: UCP cancels gay conversion therapy ban working group Copy Link Email Facebook Twitter Reddit Pinterest LinkedIn TumblrBreadcrumb Trail Links Politics UCP cancels gay conversion therapy ban working group “At the end of the day, this really is about protecting vulnerable Albertans. Photo by David Bloom /Postmedia, file Article content The UCP has cancelled a working group tasked with banning gay conversion therapy in Alberta.Former NDP health minister Sarah Hoffman established the working group in February.It had five months to work out how to follow the lead of Ontario and Manitoba, which have both outlawed the practice.Conversion therapy is based on the unfounded idea that psychological or spiritual intervention can change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity.The working group comprised of academics, advocates, faith leaders and members of the LGBTQ2S+ community.It was co chaired by NDP MLA Nicole Goehring and advocate Glynnis Lieb, who heads the University of Alberta’s Institute of Sexual Minority Studies and Services.’Not a valid health service’ Health Minister Tyler Shandro told Postmedia his party is “of course” opposed to conversion therapy.”Our priority is always to make sure nobody is forced to do anything, especially children.Article content Shandro’s press secretary Steve Buick said in a follow up email the working group was disbanded with the change in government.While the UCP has no plans to bring it back, he said the health minister is “happy to hear from anyone who may have a concern” about the practice.”We don’t think there’s a need to address it specifically because it’s not a valid health service,” Buick wrote.”It’s not practised in Alberta and it cannot be, because no health professional regulator would permit it. Any regulated health professional doctor, nurse, psychologist, etc.

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