Book Launch “Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada”

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6:45 PM – 8:45 PM MDT
Calgary, AB

The School of Public Policy along with the O’brien Institute for Public Health are 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.


6:45-6:50 – Welcome remarks

6:50-6:55 – Book introduction and talk by André Picard

6:55 -7:25 – Fireside chat with Dr. Bill Ghali, Scientific Director, O’Brien Institute for Public Health, University of Calgary; Pierre-Gerlier Forest, Director, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary

7:25-7:35 – Questions

7:40-7:55 – Discussion with Dr. Lynn McIntyre, Dr. Lynn McIntyre, former Head of the Canadian Public Health Association, on the social determinants of health

7:55-8:00 – Questions

8:05-8:20 – Discussion with Dr. Hakique Virani, public health and preventive medicine / addiction specialist, on the opioid crisis

8:20-8:25 – Audience questions

8:25-8:30 – Conclussion

8:30-8:55 – Book signing



Calgary Public Library – Central Library

616 Macleod Trail Southeast

Calgary, AB T2G 2M2