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Terms of Use Agreement

Acceptance
It is important that you read all the following terms and conditions carefully. This Terms of Use Agreement (“Agreement”) is a legal agreement between you and Women's College Hospital, which is the owner and operator (“Owner”) of the Website (the “Website”). It states the terms and conditions under which you may access and use the Website and all written and other materials displayed or made available through the Website, including, without limitation, articles, text, photographs, images, illustrations, audio clips, video clips, computer software and code (the “Content”). By accessing and using the Website, you are indicating your acceptance to be bound by the terms and conditions of the Agreement. If you do not accept these terms and conditions, you must not access or use the Website. The Owner may revise this Agreement at any time by updating this posting. Use of the Website after such changes are posted will signify your acceptance of these revised terms. You should visit this page periodically to review this Agreement.

Not Medical Advice
The information provided on the Website is for informational purposes only and is not professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or care, nor is it intended to be a substitute thereof. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health care provider properly licensed to practise medicine or general health care in your jurisdiction concerning any questions you may have regarding any information obtained from this Website and any medical conditions you believe may be relevant to you or to someone else. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website. Always consult with your physician or other qualified health care provider before embarking on a new treatment, diet or fitness program. Information obtained on the Website is not exhaustive and does not cover all diseases, ailments, physical conditions or their treatment.

Medical emergency
Do not use the Website for medical emergencies. If you have a medical emergency, call a physician, qualified health care provider or 911 immediately. Under no circumstances should you attempt self-treatment based on anything you have seen or read on the Website.

No physician-patient relationships
The presentation of information on the Website does not establish a physician-patient relationships between you and the Owner (or any of its physicians or other qualified health care providers) and is not intended as a solicitation of individuals to become patients or clients of the Owner (or any of its physicians or other qualified health care providers).

No endorsements
Unless specifically stated, the Owner does not recommend or endorse any specific brand of products, services, procedures or other information that appears or that may be advertised on the Website.

E-mail
Due to the insecure nature of email communication, the Owner does not wish to use this Website as a means of communication with the public or patients (i) regarding questions or issues of a medical nature; (ii) to establish physician/patient relationships; (iii) to book or cancel appointments; or (iv) for inquiries regarding fees, services or similar matters. Email communications regarding such matters will not be responded to and will be discarded unread.

Disclaimer of warranties
The Website and the Content are provided “AS IS”. While the Owner endeavours to provide information that is correct, accurate, current and timely, the Owner makes no representation, warranties or covenants, express or implied, regarding the Website and the Content including, without limitation, no representation, warranty or covenant that (i) the Content contained in or made available through the Website or any item(s) made available on or through the Website will be merchantable quality and/or fit for a particular purpose; (ii) the Website or Content will be accurate, complete, current, reliable, timely or suitable for any particular purpose; (iii) that the operation of the Website will be uninterrupted or error-free; (iv) that defects or errors in the Website or the Content, be it human or computer errors, will be corrected; (v) that the Website will be free from viruses or harmful components; and (vi) that communications to or from the Website will be secure and/or not intercepted.

You acknowledge and agree that your access and use of the Website and the Content is entirely at your own risk and liability.

Limitation of liability
In no event shall the Owner, its physicians, other qualified health care providers, officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors, and their respective successors and assigns be liable for damages of any kind, including, without limitations, any direct, special, indirect, punitive, incidental or consequential damages including, without limitation any loss or damages in the nature of or relating to lost business, medical injury, personal injury, wrongful death, improper diagnosis, inaccurate information improper treatment or any other loss incurred in connection with your use, misuse or reliance upon the Website or the Content, or your inability to use the Website, regardless of the cause and whether arising in contract (including fundamental breach), tort (including negligence), or otherwise. The foregoing limitation shall apply even if the Owner knew of or ought to have known of the possibility of such damages.

The Owner also expressly disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third-party user of the Website, or any advertiser or sponsor of the Website (“third-party”). Under no circumstances shall the Owner, its physicians, other qualified health care providers, officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors, and their respective successors and assigns be liable for any injury, loss, damage (including direct, special, indirect, punitive, incidental or consequential damages), or expense arising in any manner whatsoever from (i) the acts, omissions or conduct of any third-party, and (ii) any access, use, reliance upon or inability to use any materials, content, goods or services located at, or made available at, any Website linked to or from the Website, regardless of the cause and whether arising in contract (including fundamental breach), tort (including negligence), or otherwise. The foregoing limitation shall apply even if the owner knew of or ought to have known of the possibility of such damages.

Indemnity
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Owner, its physicians, other qualified health care providers, officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors, and their respective successors and assigns, from and against any and all claims, demands, liabilities, costs, or expenses whatsoever, including, without limitation, legal fees and disbursements, resulting directly or indirectly from (i) your breach of any of the terms and conditions of this Agreement, (ii) your access to, use, misuse, reliance upon or inability to access or use the Website, the Content or any Website to which the Website is or may be linked to from time to time, or, (iii) your use of, reliance on, publication, communication, distribution, uploading or downloading of anything (including the Content) on or from this Website.

Copyright
The Content is protected by copyright law and is owned by the Owner and its licensors, or the party accredited as the provider of the Content. Except as granted in the limited licenses herein, any use of the Content, inducing modification, transmission, presentation, distribution, republication, or other exploitation of the Website or of its Content, whether in whole or in part, is prohibited without the express prior written consent of the Owner.

Limited licenses
Subject to the terms and conditions of the Agreement, you are hereby granted a limited, non-transferable and non-exclusive license to access, view and use the Website and the Content for your personal, non-commercial use. You are granted the right to download, store and/or print single copies of items comprising the content for your personal, non-commercial use, provided that you maintain all copyright and other notices contained in such content. You may not copy and/or repost items comprising the Content online. You must also abide by any additional requirements governing the use of any special Content that may be set out in the Website. In the event of a conflict between the terms of a license governing specific content and this Agreement, the terms of the specific license shall govern.

Linking
The Website contains links to third-party websites. These links are provided solely as a convenience to you and not as an endorsement by the owner of any third-party website and the content thereof. Unless expressly stated, the Owner does not operate any third-party website and is not responsible for the content of any third-party website, nor does it make any representation, warranty or covenant of any kind regarding any third-party website including, without limitation, (i) any representation, warranty, or covenant regarding the legality, accuracy, reliability, completeness, timeliness or suitability of any content on such third-party websites, (ii) any representation, warranty or covenant regarding the merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose of any third-party web sites or material, content, software, goods, or services located at or made available through such third party websites, or (iii) any representation, warranty or covenant that the operation of such third-party websites will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects or errors in such third party websites be corrected, or that such third-party websites will be free from viruses or other harmful components.

While the Owner encourages links to the Website, it does not wish to be linked to or from any third-party website which contains, posts or transmits any unlawful or indecent information of any kind, including, without limitation, (i) any content constituting or encouraging conduct that would constitute a criminal offence, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any local, state, provincial, national, international law or regulation which may be damaging or detrimental to the activities, operations, credibility or integrity of the Owner, or (ii) any website which contains, posts or transmits any material or information of any kind which violates or infringes upon the rights of others, including material which is an invasion of privacy or publicity rights, or which is protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights. The Owner reserves the right to prohibit or refuse to accept any link to the Website, including, without limitation, any link which contains or makes available any content or information of the foregoing nature, at any time. You agree to remove any link you may have to the Website upon the request of the Owner.

Linking to the Website The Owner welcomes links to this Website. However, you agree that by establishing a link to this Website, you will be deemed to have agreed to these conditions:

If you link to this Website, the Owner grants you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, royalty-free license to use the Owner’s trademark and internet icons, if available, (the “Licensed Marks”) solely for the purpose of serving as a link from the applicable website to this Website. For greater certainty, except for the limited license to use the Licensed Marks granted in this paragraph, you may not use any of the Owner’s trademarks or service marks for any reason without the Owner’s prior written permission.

The linked website shall not:

change in any material way the nature and features of such Website from that described to the Owner in the written notice provided to the Owner prior to the establishment of the link;

create frames around any part of this Website or use other techniques that alter the visual presentation of this Website;

imply that the owner is endorsing you or any other person, or your or such other person’s products or services;

imply an affiliation between you or any other person, or your or such other person’s products or services, and the Owner without the prior written consent of the Owner;

misrepresent the relationship of you or any other person with the Owner or present false, misleading or otherwise damaging information or impressions about the Owner or any of its products or services; nor

contain materials that may be interpreted as distasteful, harmful, offensive, or inaccurate.

For greater certainty, the Owner shall have no responsibility or liability for any content appearing on the linked website.

The Owner may at any time, in its sole discretion, immediately terminate any license to use the Licensed Marks and any right to link to this Website, with or without cause. If the Owner exercises this right, you shall immediately remove all your links to this Website and shall cease using the Licensed Marks.

Submissions
The Website provides features which allow you to post messages and content to designated areas on the Website, to participate in discussion groups, to interact with the Owner and other users and to upload files, documents, or other materials (“Submission(s)”). The Owner does not control the content of any Submissions and has no obligation to monitor the Submissions; while the Owner may attempt to delete insulting, offensive or inaccurate communications of which it is notified, it cannot prevent then and may not catch them before they cause damage, and is not responsible for such damage. However, the Owner reserves the right at all times to disclose any information necessary to satisfy any law, regulation, or governmental or law enforcement request, or to edit, refuse to post or to remove any Submission, in whole or in part, that, in the Owner’s sole discretion, are objectionable, inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the Agreement. For greater certainty, the Owner will fully cooperate with any legal obligation to disclose the identity of anyone posting threatening, libelous, obscene, pornographic, profane or otherwise offensive or illegal materials. You acknowledge that you alone are responsible for the content of your Submissions and the consequences thereof.

Rules of conduct regarding Submissions
When using any of the features of the Website which allow you to post, upload or make Submissions, it is a condition of your use of the Website that you do not:

Restrict or inhibit another user from using and enjoying the Website, interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper workings of the Website or do anything, which in the sole discretion of the Owner, imposes an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on the Website infrastructure;

Post or transmit any unlawful, abusive, defamatory or obscene information of any kind, including, without limitation, any submission constituting or encouraging conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any local, state, provincial, national or international law or regulation;

Post or transmit any Submission, including, without limitation, articles, images, stories, software, or other material, which violates or infringes upon the rights of others, including material which is an invasion of privacy or publicity rights, or which is protected by any intellectual property rights, including, without limitation, copyright, patent, trade secret, trademark, or other proprietary rights herein or derivative works with respect thereto, without first obtaining permission from the owner or rights holder;

Post or transmit any Submission which contains a virus or other harmful component;

Post or transmit “junk mail”, “chain letters”, unsolicited mass mailing or “spam”; and

Use or “mine” the Website for commercial purposes, including, without limitation, posting, uploading or transmitting any Submission which contains advertising, which engages in commercial activities, solicitations or sales, or which involves contests, sweepstakes, advertising and pyramid schemes.

Communications
Subject to any applicable law, and for greater certainty excluding your personal health information, any communications sent by or to you via this Website or otherwise to the Owner are on a non-confidential basis, and the Owner is under no obligation to refrain from reproducing, publishing or otherwise using them in any way or for any purpose. The Owner shall be free to use the content of any such communication, including without limitation any ideas, inventions, concepts, techniques or know-how disclosed therein, for any purpose inducing without limitation developing, manufacturing and/or marketing goods and services. You agree to not assert any ownership right of any kind in such communications (including without limitation copyright, trademark, patent, unfair competition, moral rights, or implied contract) and you hereby waive the right to receive any financial or other consideration in connection with such communication, including without limitation acknowledgement of you as the source of such communications. For greater certainty, the Owner shall not use or disclose your personal information without your consent.

Grant of license regarding Submissions

By posting or uploading Submissions to the Website, you grant the Owner a royalty-free perpetual, non-exclusive, irrevocable, unrestricted, worldwide license to (i) use, reproduce, store, adapt, translate, modify, make derivative works from, transmit, distribute, publicly perform or display such Submissions for any purpose and (ii) to sublicense to third parties the unrestricted right to exercise any other of the foregoing rights. In addition to the grant of the above license, you hereby (i) waive all moral rights in your Submission in favour of the Owner, (ii) consent to your name, address and email appearing as the contributor of your Submission, where applicable, and to the disclosure and display of such information and any other information which appears in or is associated with your Submission, (iii) acknowledge and agree that the Owner is not responsible for any loss, damage or corruption that may occur to your Submission, and (iv) acknowledge and agree that your Submission will be non-confidential.

Registration
To use certain features of the Website, you may be asked to create an account with the Website. When you register with the Website, you agree (i) to provide, true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by an registration form; and (ii) to maintain and promptly update the information to ensure it remains true, accurate, current and complete. If the Owner has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, the Owner has the right to suspend or terminate your access to all or part of the Website. The Owner’s use of any personally identifying information you provide as part of the registration process is governed by the terms of our Privacy Policy.

Passwords
You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the password you use in association with your account and are responsible for all activities that occur under your user name and password. You agree to notify the Owner immediately of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security, and to ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session. The Owner will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from the Owner’s failure or your failure to protect your password or account information.

Software license and ownership
All software embedded in or located on or at the Website, including, without limitation, all computer code of all types, including all files and/or images contained in or generated by such software (“software”) is protected by copyright and may be protected by other rights. All such software is owned by the Owner, its licensors or the party accredited with ownership of such software. You are hereby granted the right to access and use the software embedded and integrated into the Website, subject to (i) the terms and conditions of this Agreement, and (ii) any additional conditions which may be imposed on your access and use of such software.

If the Website provides software for download, unless otherwise provided, you are hereby granted, subject to the terms of this Agreement and to any other specific terms and conditions that may apply to your downloading and use of such software, a personal, non-transferable, non-exclusive license to (i) install and run one copy of the software in object code format on a non-networked computer for your personal, non-commercial use, and (ii) to reproduce the software only as reasonably required to install, run and make reasonable backup copies as allowed by law.

Except to the extent expressly permitted in this Agreement, you may not (i) use, reproduce, modify, adapt, translate, upload, download or transmit the software in whole or in part, (ii) sell, rent, lease, licenses, transfer or otherwise provide access to the software, (iii) alter, remove, or cover any trademarks or proprietary notices including from the software, and/or (iv) decompile, disassemble, decrypt, extract, or reverse engineer the software or assist others in doing so.

Other than the limited license granted herein, nothing contained in the Website shall be construed as granting you any right, title, interest or other license in or to any software embedded or integrated into the Website or made available for download from the Website, including, but not limited to any intellectual property rights in the software.

All software embedded or integrated into the Website is provided “as is”, without warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied, including, without limitations, any warranty (i) that the software is of merchantable quality and/or is fit for any particular purpose, (ii) that the software will conform with any specification(s) relating to the software, (iii) that the software will be free from material defects, (iv) that the software contains no computer viruses or other contaminants, or (v) that the software shall process date and time-related data without causing any processing interruptions, abnormal termination or process or manipulate any time-related data.

Tools
Any tools, calculators or quizzes provided on the Website are provided for general and illustrative purposes only. Such tools, calculators or quizzes are not medical advice nor are they intended to be a substitute thereof. You should not act or abstain from acting based on any information provided by any such tool, calculator or quiz available on this Website.

Security
Any information sent or received over the Internet is generally not secure. The Owner cannot guarantee the security or confidentiality of any communication to or from the Website.

Modification to the Website
The Owner reserves the right at any time, and from time to time, to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Website (or any part thereof) with or without notice to you. The Owner shall have no liability to you or any third party for any modifications, suspension or discontinuance of the Website or any part thereof.

Use prohibited where contrary to law
Use of this Website is unauthorized in any jurisdiction where the Website or any of the Content may violate any laws or regulations. You agree not to access or use the Website in such jurisdictions. You agree that you are responsible for compliance with all applicable laws or regulations. Any contravention of this provision (or any provision of this Agreement) is entirely at your own risk.

Governing law and jurisdiction
The Website is operated by the Owner from its offices within the Province of Ontario, Canada.

You agree that all matters relating to your access, or use of the Website and its Content shall be governed by the laws of the Province of Ontario and the laws of Canada applicable therein, without regard to conflict of laws principles.

You agree and hereby submit to the exclusive and preferential jurisdiction of the courts of the Province of Ontario with respect to all matters relating to your access and use of the Website and the Content as well as any dispute that may arise therefrom and that the applicable law shall be the law of the Province of Ontario.

Waiver
Any consent by the Owner to, or waiver of, a breach of this Agreement which you have committed, whether express or implied, shall not constitute a consent to, or waiver of any other, different or subsequent breach.

Severability
The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement or any covenant contained herein shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision or covenant contained herein and any such invalid provision or covenant shall be deemed severable from the rest of the Agreement.

Notice
Questions or comments regarding the Website should be directed -here-

Termination
The Owner may, in its sole discretion, cancel or terminate your right to use the Website, or any part of the Website, at any time without notice. In the event of termination, you are no longer authorized to access the Website, or the part of the Website affected by such cancellation or termination. The restrictions imposed on you with respect to material downloaded from the Website and the disclaimers and limitations of liabilities set forth in this Agreement shall survive termination of this Agreement. The Owner shall not be liable to any party for such termination.

Entire Agreement
This is the entire Agreement between you and the Owner relating to your access and use of the Website.