January 19, 2021

A Dinner Date with Banting

The Discovery The discovery of insulin holds a more profound value to me than the sense of patriotism we feel upon hearing that a fellow Canadian is responsible for its discovery. As someone living with type 1 diabetes the legacy of the momentous discovery of insulin is not lost on me almost a century later. … 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 →


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 →