Articles by: Michael Lyons

Canada needs blood, just not mine

Canada needs blood, just not mine

I am probably just shy of 10 years old when I climb into the family’s rickety old Ford with my dad. We weave our way across town to a Royal Canadian Legion branch, a centre for community banquets, bingo and wedding receptions. I follow my dad into the musty old hall. He’s screened by a nurse, passed along to another […]

by Michael Lyons· · Opinion, Top stories, Voices
U.S. Consulate employees give blood at a Toronto clinic as part of President Obama’s National Day of Service.

Canadian Blood Services considers reducing donation policy that affects gay men

Last month, Canadian Blood Services launched a public survey addressing the possibility of a change in blood donation restrictions. As the agency’s policy stands, men who have had sexual contact with another man (MSM) within the past five years are not eligible to donate blood. An email statement from CBS says: “A further reduction may be possible in the future and […]

by Michael Lyons· · News, Off Campus
What is the most interesting thing that's ever happened to you?

human.INTERESTING – Episode 2: Busy

Ryersonian reporter Michael Lyons sits down with Steven Ellis, an Oakville-raised journalist, hockey expert, podcast host, racing enthusiast, musician — honestly, the list goes on.  He keeps busy, and has a pretty interesting story for someone who’s, technically, at the beginning of his career. On human.INTERESTING, Michael want to hear your answer to the question: “What is the most interesting thing that’s ever happened to you?” […]

by Michael Lyons· · Audio
Mayoral candidate Olivia Chow, celebrates Pride Week in Toronto as supporters cheer on. (Courtesy/Wikimedia Commons)

The big, racist, sexist, homophobic elephant in the room

Three white guys and a Chinese-Canadian immigrant woman walk into a mayoral debate. A white, grey-haired, older male audience member stands up and takes the mike. “With due respect, this is directed to Ms. Chow,” he begins. “I’ve heard you talk about your immigrant background and how important it was, etc. I presume, in this room, there are plenty of […]

by Michael Lyons· · Opinion, Top stories
Operation: Utopia

Operation: Utopia

A world on the brink of global crisis. War, disease, pollution and poverty run rampant. The grave, handsome, fearless president steps up to the podium and delivers a stern, impassioned call to arms against tyranny, terror and chaos. On Sept. 24, United States President Barack Obama made his address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, laying […]

by Michael Lyons· · Features, Top stories
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