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An immigrant who made Tio’tia:ke (Montréal) home, Baijayanta Mukhopadhyay is a family doctor in Eeyou Istchee (the Cree territories of James Bay). He is co-coordinator of the Canadian chapter of the People’s Health Movement, and a volunteer physician for the Montreal programs of Médecins du Monde.

  • Blog

    Who will publish eulogies for the victims of Barrick Gold?

    On Peter Munk’s dark legacy

  • Magazine

    150 Years Of Mad Love

    Mad people’s history holds up a mirror to the exalted Canadian story of universal health care, revealing a movement led by people finding and providing care for themselves and each other.

  • Blog

    Harper and Modi, the Nuclear Prime Ministers

    Canada’s nuclear deal with India is a disgrace.

  • Magazine

    When psychiatry burns

    From ADHD to major depression, a family doctor takes a critical look at the power of modern psychiatry and the forces that shape it.

  • Blog

    Investor rights or people’s rights?

    Multinational companies like the American pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly use the doctrine of investor rights to override the common good. A medical doctor calls for greater vigilance.

  • Magazine

    Hunger’s empire

    What does it mean for Guantanamo Bay prisoners to assert their essential human dignity, and to seek justice, by choosing to starve? From freedom fighters under the British Raj to Chief Theresa Spence and the detainees of Guantanamo, physician Baijayanta Mukhopadhyay explores the insistent threat of the hunger strike.

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    When a bone breaks

    “It’s going to be very painful without the anaesthetic in your toe.” My face twists in anticipation. “Maybe we could give you something to relax a little, send you off to sleep.”