Ottawa Inner City Health – Saving An Artist From Creative Silence

Photography: Roger Lemoyne

When Dr. Jeff Turnbull found Normee Ekoomiak sleeping under a bridge, the author and textile artist was close to death. Now he’s back to wielding needle and thread and is well enough to leave a hospice program.

For more information on Ottawa Inner City Health:

Website: http://ottawainnercityhealth.ca/Home

Address: 5 Myrand Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1N 5N7

Phone: 613 562-4500 | Fax: 613 562-4505

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Northern Family Medicine Program in Goose Bay

Photography: Roger Leymone

Dr. Michael Jong is the driving force behind Memorial University’s Northern Family Medicine (NorFam) program in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The program’s intensive, hands-on teaching program and its skill at introducing students to life in a remote location have earned it high praise from graduates and have made Labrador one of the few fully staffed remote locations in the country when it comes to doctors.

For more information visit:

Website: http://www.med.mun.ca/FamilyMed/Residency/Map-of-Teaching-Sites/Goose-Bay-NorFam.aspx

Address: Health Labrador Corporation P.O. Box 7000, Station C Goose Bay, NL A0P 3C0

Phone: 709-897-2103

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Garden Hill Renal Health Unit

Photography: David Campion

The establishment of a renal dialysis unit within a half hour journey of the four First Nations communities clustered on Island Lake in north eastern Manitoba has made a substantial improvement in their quality of life. People dependent on dialysis no longer have to uproot their families and move to Winnipeg. They are reunited with their friends, support networks and the culture of their communities. Many are even able to return to work and move on with their lives. And as the Renal Health Unit proceeds with the education and prevention work it has planned with the communities, there is hope that future generations will enjoy better health.

To learn more:

Website: http://www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/medicine/units/northern_medical_unit

Address: University of Manitoba Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Phone: 204-474-8880 1-800-432-1960 (within North America)

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Doctors Of The World In Canada – Filling The Gaps In Montreal’s Inner City

Photography: Roger Lemoyne

For more than 20 years Médecins du Monde has been providing medical care to refugees, street children and displaced persons around the world: people living in the midst of armed conflicts and victims of natural disasters, famines and epidemics. Photojournalist Roger Lemoyne has been covering international issues for more than a decade and has worked alongside Médecins du Monde in such places as Kosovo and Haiti. He was very surprised to hear Médecins du Monde was also providing care in his hometown of Montreal. He spent a day on the street with one of their nurses.

For more information on Médecins du Monde Canada visit: Website: http://www.medecinsdumonde.ca

Address: 338 rue Sherbrooke Est Montreal, QB H2X 1E6

Phone: 1-514-281-8998

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FEMMEfille

When it was first released, the NO-anorexia ad campaign, brainchild of provocateur photographer Oliveri Toscani pushed the creative envelope, challenging the institutionalized silence in which anorexia had become ensconced by placing the tacit subject of disease behind the lens. Since then, Isabelle Caro, Oliveri’s model, an aspiring actress, has become a fixture within the world popular culture, drawing the attention audiences whose fascination with her exhibitionism, and self-destructive exploitation of her illness, continues to reach new heights. Firm and straightforward in her conviction, Isabell is the self-appointed poster-child of a widespread disease that remains all but hidden from public discourse. Harnessing the attention that’s descended on her, Isabell boldly reconciles her own condition with an invocation to confront the stigma of disease, as it currently exists in popular culture. Her body, her career, though tainted, becomes her sacrifice.