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The O'brien Institute for Public Health is pleased to host a book launch for author Andre Picard, for his latest publication, "Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada". Health issues have long occupied top headlines in Canadian media, and no journalist has written on public health with more authority or for as many years as André Picard.In Matters of Life and Death Picard covers a broad range of topics: Canada's right-to-die law and what’s next the true risks of the Zika virus and other infectious diseases appalling health conditions in First Nations communities legalization of marijuana social and economic impacts of mental illness the seemingly rampant opioid crises that crosses gender, age and socio-economic boundaries healthcare challenges facing transgender people rising evidence that inactivity is almost as risky to health as smoking The topic of health touches on the heart of society, intersecting with many aspects of private and public life—human rights, aging, political debate, economics and death. Picard demonstrates the connection between physical health and the health of society as a whole.André Picard is a health reporter and columnist at The Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff writer since 1987. He is also the author of the bestselling books The Gift of Death: Confronting Canada’s Tainted-Blood Tragedy and Critical Care: Canadian Nurses Speak for Change. Picard is an eight-time nominee for the National Newspaper Awards, Canada’s top journalism prize, and past winner of prestigious Michener Award for meritorious public service journalism. Picard was named Canada’s first “Public Health Hero” by the Canadian Public Health Association and a “Champion of Mental Health” by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health. His work has been recognized by a number of other consumer groups, including the Alzheimer Society of Canada, the Canadian Hearing Society, Safe Kids Canada, and the Campaign to Control Cancer. He lives in Montreal.


May 17, 2017


Calgary Public Library – Central Branch

616 Macleod Trail SE
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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