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 →

October 13, 2020

September 2020 Newsletter

Educators! Check out our Fall Newsletter, where you will discover that our newest project – Insulin100 – launched on September 24, 2020. Explore how curatorial thinking and syndemic thinking can be used in the classroom, and find links to all of the mindfully curated resources that are available on our website. View the September Newsletter … Continue reading →

September 18, 2020

Ten Digital Curation Tips from the Archives of Ontario

The Archives of Ontario (AO) is one of the largest provincial archives in Canada, with collections documenting the decisions and activities of the Government of Ontario, and the individuals, businesses, and organizations with enduring provincial significance that illustrate Ontario’s history and development. The AO makes these records available through over 40 online exhibits, curated by its staff and (as needed) … Continue reading →

September 4, 2020

“A Mysterious Something”: Curatorial Thinking and the Discovery of Insulin

Dr. Madeleine Mant While preparing for my fall teaching, I have returned repeatedly to the story of the summer of 1921. The experiments of Frederick Banting and Charles Best throughout those sweltering summer months at the University of Toronto led to the staggeringly important discovery of insulin. Biochemist James Bertram Collip, co-discoverer of insulin, referred … Continue reading →

August 30, 2020

CALL FOR STORIES: Canadian individuals, communities, or institutions impacted by diabetes and/or the discovery of insulin

View PDF Defining Moments Canada (DMC) is marking the centennial of a catalyst moment in history – the discovery of insulin – through a virtual exhibition and adjacent educational resources and outreach.  The story of insulin is the story of a uniquely Canadian and collaborative medical innovation with global consequences. Insulin changed the lives of Canadians, and … Continue reading →

August 4, 2020

Curatorial thinking about health histories: an educational framework

Dr. Madeleine Mant Dr. Madeleine Mant is a Research Associate in the Anthropology of Health at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She was previously a Banting SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her work incorporates bioarchaeological, medical historical, and medical anthropological research methodologies to investigate health experiences through time. My journey to thinking … Continue reading →

July 10, 2020

The next pandemic and the case for syndemics thinking

Neil Orford (for The Globe and Mail)Originally published in The Globe and Mail online – 2 July 2020 Neil Orford is the founder of Defining Moments Canada. John Lorinc is a Toronto journalist and editor. Three-plus months in, we increasingly understand that the coronavirus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t spread randomly through Canadian society. … Continue reading →