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Justin Trudeau. Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images

Canada approved legislation Wednesday banning conversion therapy practices throughout the country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: The measure makes promoting and profiting off of conversion therapy a criminal offense, according to Canada's Justice Department. The bill also authorizes courts to order the removal of conversion therapy advertisements.

  • The legislation further prohibits removing individuals from Canada to subject them to conversion therapy abroad, per the department.
  • The text of the bill defines conversion therapy as any practice intended to "change an individual’s sexual orientation to heterosexual, change a person’s gender identity to cisgender or change their gender expression to conform to the sex assigned to the person at birth."

What they're saying: "Our government's legislation banning the despicable and degrading practice of conversion therapy has received Royal Assent," the prime minister wrote in a tweet.

  • "LGBTQ2 Canadians, we’ll always stand up for you and your rights," he added.

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Dec 20, 2021 - World

Israel bans travel to U.S. and Canada over Omicron variant

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett attends a press conference on Sunday. Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/JINI via Xinhua

Israeli Cabinet ministers agreed to add the U.S. and Canada to its "red list," banning people from traveling to the countries, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's office announced on Monday.

Why it matters: The move comes amid rising case numbers in both countries and as the Omicron variant continues to spread worldwide. The ban will take effect at midnight Wednesday morning after it has been approved by a parliamentary committee.

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Computer model projection showing the intense storm off of Cape Cod on Jan 29, 2022, with heavy snow and strong winds lashing the coastline. (Weatherbell.com)

Blizzard warnings are in effect for 11 million people from coastal Virginia to eastern Maine as a historic winter storm is set to slam the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast beginning Friday.

Why it matters: The storm will bring hazards ranging from zero visibility amid hurricane force wind gusts and heavy snow, to coastal flooding that will erode vulnerable beaches and threaten property from the Jersey shore to coastal Massachusetts.

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