David Teitel has worked as a cashier at health food stores since the mid-1980s. He enjoys sharing history facts, baseball statistics and arithmetic with customers - he's famous for his numbers knowledge. David has been living with hepatitis C for 39 years and is waiting to be accepted into a new clinical trial. Waiting for treatment, David reflects on his life: his relationship with his parents, his painful adolescence and a period of isolation in his early 20s.
Shawn Selway begins his thorough investigation of the evacuation of 1,274 Inuit and Cree sufferers of tuberculosis from the Eastern Arctic to Mountain Sanatorium in Hamilton, Ontario, from 1950 to 1965. Selway considers not only the political culture, and the systemic racism within that culture, in which the decisions were made, but also the technological and economic changes that made these relocations possible. Selway carefully documents the impact of the evacuations on the Inuit community and has included an assortment of archival images within the book. This is an important look at a difficult time in our country’s history.