February 25, 2021

What is diabetes?

Epidemiology is a branch of medicine that focuses on how diseases affect the health of populations. Clinical epidemiologists are not only interested in what causes disease, but also what can we do to cure or slow its progression. Treatment can take the form of procedures, drugs, surgeries, psychotherapy, or other interventions. Ideally, clinical epidemiologists look … Continue reading →


February 19, 2021

Defining Moments Canada: Insulin100 – Manufacturing Hope

READ IT HERE: ‘Manufacturing Hope’ written by John Lorinc – the cover story from Canada’s History Magazine (February/March 2021) is available courtesy of Defining Moments Canada Download PDF Press Release Join Defining Moments Canada to explore a century of insulin’s far-reaching legacy and the impact the discovery continues to have on Canadians today. TORONTO, Feb. 19, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) … Continue reading →


February 4, 2021

Insulin and the Unessay

My greatest insecurity as I prepared to teach during Fall 2020 was how to create a sense of community in the virtual classroom for a course that had never before been delivered online. Continue reading →


December 8, 2020

The centenary of the discovery of insulin

Written by Louis Lebel In 2021, Defining Moments Canada marks the centenary of the discovery of insulin. It was in 1921 that Dr. Frederick Banting and his team performed the experiments that led to the creation and development of what has, over the past 100 years, enabled millions of people with diabetes to survive their … Continue reading →


December 1, 2020

Video: Patient Perspectives on the Impact of Insulin

Defining Moments Canada was graciously invited to participate in a special symposium for the centennial of the discovery of insulin hosted by the University of Toronto and the Royal Society of Canada. The brief conversation, moderated by Dr. Madeleine Mant and featuring Dr. Chris Rutty, Dr. Paul Hackett, and Dr. Krista Paquin, focused on a … Continue reading →


November 17, 2020

How COVID can re-shape education

Contributors:Dr. Paul Hackett is Assistant Professor of Geography and Planning, University of Saskatchewan Dr. Madeleine Mant is a Research Associate in the Anthropology of Health, University of Toronto Mississauga Neil Orford is the President of Defining Moments Canada, Ltd. Well into both the fall term and the second wave, educators, parents and children across Canada … Continue reading →


November 6, 2020

Officially Launched: Insulin100 – Inspiration and Innovation

Delve into a defining Canadian moment with Insulin100: Inspiration and Innovation Download PDF Press Release Toronto, Ontario (6 November 2020) – Defining Moments Canada/Moments Déterminants Canada has officially launched our national educational project commemorating the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin. 100 years ago this weekend, a young Dr. Frederick Banting was meeting with the prestigious head of physiology … Continue reading →


October 23, 2020

Syndemic Thinking and Diabetes

How is it that an infection can be worse or different depending on whether someone has another disease? Why does it matter where someone lives? Why does history make disease progression different in different places? Thinking about syndemics helps us answer these questions. Ti grew up in the Pacific Islands in the 1950s when tuberculosis (TB) … Continue reading →


October 20, 2020

The Fatal Five: Curatorial Thinking in Action

Defining Moments Canada is proud to feature this student project, lead by HWDSB educator Rob Bell and originally published by the Dundas Museum and Archives. This project is an excellent example of what can be achieved by students when curatorial thinking skills are practiced and used for historical exploration. This year I intended to use … Continue reading →


October 19, 2020

Deadly Companions: COVID-19 and Diabetes in Mexico

Merrill Singer’s latest article on syndemics. … Continue reading →