Congratulations to André Picard, whose book, Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada, is shortlisted for the 2017 Science Writers and Communicators of Canada Award. Each year, this award honours one general audience science book written by a Canadian. The winner will be announced in June and the awards will be presented during Science Literacy Week this September.
Providing an antidote to widespread fear-mongering and misinformation, Matters of Life and Death is essential reading for anyone with an investment in public health topics—in other words, everyone, from respected health reporter André Picard. 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 has also been honoured for his dedication to improving healthcare. He 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. Matters of Life and Death collects Picard's most compelling columns, covering a broad range of topics including Canada's right-to-die law, the true risks of the Zika virus, the financial challenges of a publicly funded health system, appalling health conditions in First Nations communities, the legalization of marijuana, the social and economic impacts of mental illness, and the healthcare challenges facing transgender people.