Terms and Conditions Agreement


This web site does not provide medical advice

Welcome to Ottawa’s Department of Medicine web site (hereinafter referred to collectively as the “Site”). This Site cannot and does not contain medical/health advice. Information published on the Site is provided for general informational and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice.

Specific products, processes or services

Reference to or mention of specific products, processes or services do not constitute or imply a recommendation or endorsement by Ottawa’s Department of Medicine.

All the information on this Site is published in good faith. Ottawa’s Department of Medicine and/or its physicians shall not be liable for any damages, claims, liabilities, costs or obligations arising from the use or misuse of the material contained in this web site, whether such obligations arise in contract, negligence, equity or statute law. We do not guarantee or warrant the quality, accuracy, completeness, timeliness, appropriateness or suitability of the information provided.

Links to other sites

From our website, you can visit other websites by following hyperlinks to such external sites. While we strive to provide only quality links to useful and ethical websites, we have no control over the content and nature of these sites. These links to other websites do not imply a recommendation for all the content found on these sites. Please remember that internet resources are no substitute for the advice of a qualified health care practitioner. We do not assume responsibility for the accuracy or appropriateness of the information contained in other sites, nor do we endorse the viewpoints expressed in other sites.

Site owners and content may change without notice and may occur before we have the opportunity to remove a link which may have gone ‘bad’.

Please be also aware that when you leave our website, other sites may have different privacy policies and terms which are beyond our control. Please be sure to check the Privacy Policies of these sites as well as their Terms and Conditions Agreement before engaging in any business or uploading any information.


By using our website, you hereby consent to our disclaimer and agree to its terms.

Terms of Use

Please read the following Terms of Use carefully before using this Site. Your access to and use of the Site shall be governed by these Terms of Use. By using this Site you will be deemed to have agreed to these terms just as if you had signed this agreement. If you do not agree to the Terms of Use, do not use the Site. Ottawa’s Department of Medicine reserves the right to amend or modify the Terms of Use at any time without notice. Please revisit this page periodically to review the Terms of Use to which you are bound.


All information on this Site is copyrighted by Ottawa’s Department of Medicine or by other contributors. This Site and its content are protected by copyright laws. Ottawa’s Department of Medicine respects the intellectual property of others and expects users of the Site to do the same. You acknowledge that the Site contains text, information, logos, images, photographs, graphics, icons, trademarks, tradenames and other viewable content that is protected by copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets or other proprietary rights, and that these rights are valid and protected in all forms, media and technologies existing now or subsequently developed.

None of the information may be otherwise reproduced, republished or re-disseminated in any manner or form without the prior written permission of an authorized representative of Ottawa’s Department of Medicine.

Limitation of Liability

While care has been taken to include accurate and up-to-date content on the Site, Ottawa’s Department of Medicine does not guarantee its accuracy. All content on the Site is provided on an “as is” basis without any warranties of any kind. Furthermore, some content on the Site has been provided by third parties and any such content is not the responsibility of Ottawa’s Department of Medicine. Content on the Site may contain errors (typographical or other) or omissions and may not be suitable for the purposes of your intended usage. If you intend to rely up on any information contained on the Site, Ottawa’s Department of Medicine strongly encourages you to confirm the information by communicating with one of our representatives.

You shall be fully responsible for any consequences resulting from your use of the Site. Ottawa’s Department of Medicine will not be responsible for any injury or damage arising from its use. Ottawa’s Department of Medicine does not guarantee the quality, accuracy, reliability, usefulness, completeness or timeliness of the content on the Site. Ottawa’s Department of Medicine assumes no responsibility to the user or any third party for the consequences of any errors or omissions.

Ottawa’s Department of Medicine shall not be responsible for, and you waive any claims arising from, any direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential damage or any other damages whatsoever and howsoever caused, arising out of or in connection with the use of the Site or in reliance on the content available on the Site, including the loss of use, lost data, lost business profits, business interruption, personal injury, or any other personal or pecuniary loss, whether the action is in contract, tort (including negligence) or other tortious action.

You expressly accept that Ottawa’s Department of Medicine does not assume any responsibility for the uninterrupted or error free operation of the Site or warrant or represent that the Site is free of corruption of data, viruses or other harmful components. The Site will not be available at all times; it will be inaccessible during maintenance periods and may be unavailable due to emergency maintenance or technical difficulties.

Ottawa’s Department of Medicine makes no claims that the content is appropriate or may be downloaded outside of Canada or the United States. Access to the content may not be legal by certain persons or in certain countries. If you access the Site from outside Canada or the United States, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for compliance with the laws of your jurisdiction.

No Endorsement

The Site may contain links to other sites. These links are provided as a convenience to help you identify and locate other Internet resources that may be of interest. Parties other than Ottawa’s Department of Medicine independently develop and maintain these other sites. Ottawa’s Department of Medicine does not control the sites nor assume responsibility for the accuracy or appropriateness of the content contained at such sites. In providing links to other sites, Ottawa’s Department of Medicine is not acting as a publisher or disseminator of the content contained on these other sites and does not seek to control the content of, or maintain any type of editorial control over, such sites.

A link to another site should not be construed to mean that Ottawa’s Department of Medicine is associated with or is legally authorized to use any trademark, tradename, logo or copyrighted symbol that may be reflected in the link or the description of the link to such other sites. Ottawa’s Department of Medicine does not endorse the content or advertisements displayed, contained on, distributed through, or linked, downloaded or accessed from this Site, nor the quality of any products, information or other content displayed, purchased, obtained or used by you as a result of the Information in connection with the Site. These third-party sites may contain content that some people may find inappropriate or offensive. Ottawa’s Department of Medicine is under no obligation to maintain any link on the Site and may remove a link at any time in its sole discretion for any reason whatsoever. Your use of third-party web sites is at your own risk and subject to the terms and conditions of use for such sites Ottawa’s Department of Medicine shall not be liable for any damages or costs arising out of or in any way connected with your use of any third-party web sites accessed through this Site.

The mention of another party or its product or services on the Site should not be construed as an endorsement of that party or its product or service.


Certain words, phrases, names, designs or logos used on the Site may constitute trademarks, service marks, trade names or official marks of Ottawa’s Department of Medicine or other entities. The display of any such marks or names on the Site does not imply that Ottawa’s Department of Medicine or other entities have granted a license or authorization of any kind to use such marks or names.

Forums and Content Submission

Ottawa’s Department of Medicine assumes no responsibility for content posted in connection to a chat board, discussion forum or similar service, and cautions that Site users participating in online forums may not be who they purport to be or hold the expertise or affiliations they attest to.

You agree that all content, including information, data, text, software, music, sounds, graphics or video whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, are the sole responsibility of the party from which such content originated. You agree that you will not upload, post, transmit or otherwise make available any content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary right of any party. You warrant that the content you uploaded is truthful, and is not unlawful, threatening, defamatory, vulgar, obscene or otherwise objectionable. You agree that you will not, directly or indirectly, in any manner whatsoever, use any such forum or similar service for solicitation, advertisement or promotion of any business; any activity that is inconsistent with the purposes and intent of the University; or any illegal or unlawful purpose.

If you are a minor, you must have permission from your parent or guardian to upload any content to a forum or similar service. Ottawa’s Department of Medicine may request a parent’s or guardian’s email address from anyone who uploads any content to a forum or similar service for the purpose of verifying with the parent or guardian that he/she has in fact given permission for such uploading. In the event that content is uploaded without permission, all uploaded content will be removed immediately and without notice to you.

Ottawa’s Department of Medicine reserves the right to remove any content from the Site, in its sole and absolute discretion, at any time, and to terminate the privilege of any user to post on any forum or similar service, or to participate in other Ottawa’s Department of Medicine services if they misuse the posting privilege or violate this Terms of Use. By continuing to access this Site, and by submitting content to the Ottawa’s Department of Medicine, you agree that you shall have no recourse against Ottawa’s Department of Medicine for any alleged or actual infringement or misappropriation of any proprietary rights in your communication to it. By submitting content, you confirm your understanding that you will not be entitled to any compensation or other remuneration because of Ottawa’s Department of Medicine’s use or disclosure of such other content or identical content. You hereby acknowledge that no fiduciary or confidential relationship exists between you and Ottawa’s Department of Medicine, either now or by reason of your submitting any content to it, unless you and Ottawa’s Department of Medicine have made and executed a separate written agreement to the contrary.


You agree that Ottawa’s Department of Medicine has no obligation to monitor the Site or any content accessible through the Site or any of the services. However, you agree that Ottawa’s Department of Medicine has the right to monitor the Site electronically from time to time and to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any law, regulation or other governmental request, to operate a web site or any of the services properly, or to protect itself or its users in accordance with Ottawa’s Department of Medicine Privacy Statement.

Ottawa’s Department of Medicine reserves the right to investigate complaints that visitors may make about the content on the Site or on a forum or similar service.

Access and Interference

In using the Site, you agree that you will not use any device, software or routine to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Site. You agree that you will not use any robot, spider, other automatic device, or manual process to impose an “unreasonable or disproportionately large load” on the Ottawa’s Department of Medicine’s infrastructure. An “unreasonable or disproportionately large load” is one that prevents other members of Ottawa’s Department of Medicine community from gaining fair and equitable access to web-based systems and resources.

Malicious Software

While every effort is made to ensure that all content provided on the Site does not contain computer viruses, you should take reasonable and appropriate precautions to scan for computer viruses and should ensure that you have a complete and current backup of the applicable items or information contained on your computer system. You should pay specific attention to some of the newer viruses that have been written to automatically execute when an infected word processing document is loaded into certain word processing programs.


This Terms and Conditions Agreement was last updated on: Monday, April 15th, 2019. Should we update, amend or make any changes to this document, those changes will be prominently posted here.

Additional Information

For questions or comments regarding this policy, contact Ottawa’s Department of Medicine Manager of Communications and Stakeholder Relations

Note: This is a legacy site page that will be replaced in the coming months.