“In 1952, Sandoz’s Montreal branch sent a package of lsd to Saskatchewan, where several psychiatrists hoped to experiment with the drug as a treatment for mental illness. Saskatchewan might seem like an odd place for research into mind-bending drugs, but during this period the province was one of North America’s most dynamic environments for research into mental illness. This was due in part to the generous funding of public medicine by Tommy Douglas and his ccf government, but also to the crusading work of Dr. Humphry Osmond and Dr. Abram Hoffer.”

– An excerpt from “Peaking on the Prairies” by Jake MacDonald, published in the June 2007 issue of The Walrus

See also Part II of bonus photos for “Peaking on the Prairies.”

Naomi Harris will spend the summer of 2014 in Dawson City, Yukon, as artist-in-residence at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture.

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