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A day in the life 

At 7 am the lights are turned on and your day starts with the threats of repercussions should you not be out of your bed in five minutes or so. The repercussions are that you will be barred from the shelter for a number of days, and you will have to take all your belongings… Continue reading A day in the life 

No time to lose

I have often thought that I could retire once the nicotine addiction problem was solved. As fate would have it, however, I must face the reality that the problem is far from being solved and I am running out of time.I was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer of two histological types – a high grade… Continue reading No time to lose

Testimonial from German visiting scientists

Dr. Anna Kuehne MPH MSAE and Dr. Benjamin Wachtler from the Berlin Health Collective “When you engage with people the magic happens!” We are a small delegation from two community health centers in Germany and had the opportunity to visit “The Bridge” in Ottawa in September 2019. Our community health centres, the Poliklinik in Hamburg… Continue reading Testimonial from German visiting scientists

Actions, Not Words, Can Stop The Violence

Addressing social determinants of health should be a priority as it can impact the quality of life and safety of every person living in this world. A mother who lost her son is speaking the truth. If we don’t get down to the root causes of violence, violence will always continue Blaming the victim of… Continue reading Actions, Not Words, Can Stop The Violence

The case of Tobacco and Sickle Cell Disease

Tobacco significantly affects people suffering from Sickle Cell Disease. To learn more on this topic please join Dr. Pakhale and the guest speakers on Monday, March 6, 2023, at 5 PM. To watch the meeting click:

Community Knowledge Forum

Long-awaited event is approaching! Please join us on December 15 at 2 PM at our Community Knowledge Forum and learn more about Cannabis and Mental Health.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30th stands for both the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day. This is an occasion for all of us to remember the children lost to the residential school system and honor Survivors, their families, and their communities. The Bridge is determined to continue to build partnerships with marginalized and racialized… Continue reading National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Run For Reason/Tamarack Race 2022

The Bridge Team annually participates in Run For Reason race to help the Ottawa Hospital Foundation. Unfortunately, this year is unique because we lost Ted, who played a big part in this charity event. Since 2016 Ted has been a successful team captain who raised more than $20,000 to help others.We decided to carry on… Continue reading Run For Reason/Tamarack Race 2022


Ted was a pillar and guide at the Bridge. He was our eagle, as he embodied courage, strength, wisdom, and vision. Ted joined the Bridge as a PROMPT project participant in 2016. He has been actively engaged in all projects at the Bridge and without him, we would not have had the privilege to walk… Continue reading A TRIBUTE TO TED BIGNELL 

Tamarack Race on Saturday, May 28th

Every year the Bridge Team helps The Ottawa Hospital Foundation during the annual Tamarack Race/Run for Reason. Join us on Saturday, May 28th for 2k, 5k, 10k run, or even a marathon! Let’s increase awareness about tobacco use and promote a healthy lifestyle together. Team Bridge – help us raise money Race Roster — Registration,… Continue reading Tamarack Race on Saturday, May 28th