Growing Up Canadian: Health

Growing Up Canadian: Health

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Early campaigns to fight poverty and disease and help children grow up healthy led to the introduction of the school nurse, nose blowing drills and lice inspections. From open-air schools to confusing sex education classes, Health was a part of the curriculum throughout the last century.

This episode traces the rise of dental care, from early century programs in schools to dentists traveling to remote areas by boat or train. Canadians recall terrifying epidemics and lengthy periods of quarantine. Home remedies were frightening enough to keep children from complaining about being ill. Over the course of the century we see the impact of public health care on children's lives.

Health is one of a 6-part series entitled Growing Up Canadian. These documentaries explore the myths and realities of Canadian childhood through family life, schooling, work, play, health and the media. The series marks the contribution of childhood and youth experience in defining Canada as it grew into full nationhood in the 20th century.

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  • executive producer
    Sheila Petzold
    Ken Stewart
    Marcel Clément
  • producer
    Hoda Elatawi
  • director
    Susan Terrill
  • writer
    Susan Terrill
    Sheila Petzold
  • participant
    Lundy Befrene
    Henry Bishop
    Carl Brewer
    Kathryn Burke
    Herménégilde Chiasson
    John C. Crosbie
    Emily Dazé
    Misa Friesen-Kobayashi
    Barbara Gowdy
    Fred Greaves
    Bernard Guertin
    Louise Guertin
    Jack Harrison
    Ellaina Jancewicz
    George Jordan
    Rosemary House
    Sarah Kapoor
    Myrna Kostash
    Clare Laking
    Christina Lamey
    Kay Lorente
    Greg Malone
    Natalie MacMaster
    Bob Mellor
    Denis F. Mildon
    Mary Pratt
    Edith Samuel Manierka
    Mary Sexton
    Jeannette Shannon
    Karen Shopsowitz
    Cameron Terrill
    Carolyn Thomas
    Hellie Wilson
    Jamie Zeppa
  • narrator
    Becky Rynor
  • director of photography
    Karl Roeder
  • music composer
    Andrew Huggett
  • archival research
    Vivian Hanwell
    Kate Keating
    Kate Yule
    Erin Brophy
  • research
    Helen Dundass
    Jody Nassr
    Isobel Ripley
    Sheila Petzold
  • sound recordist
    Don Stewart
    Peter Kettlewell
    Kate Kechnie
    Larry MacDonald
    Jane Porter
    Vaughn Rowsell
    Eldy Gouthro
    Douglas von Rosen
  • sound engineer
    Robin Dumas