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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. 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.

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. With his reporting, Picard demonstrates the connection between physical health and the health of society as a whole, provides the facts to help readers make knowledgeable health choices, and acts as a devoted advocate for those whose circumstances bar them from receiving the care they need.

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.

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The Gift of Death : Confronting Canada's Tainted Blood Tragedy

The Gift of Death:
Confronting Canada’s Tainted Blood Tragedy
Hardcover Edition – 1995

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More than 3 million Canadians who received blood transfusions between 1980 and 1990 were unwilling participants in a lottery of death. Across the Country, at least 1200 people of all ages – hemophiliacs, new-born babies, surgery patients – were infected with the deadly AIDS virus and thousands more contracted the debilitating hepatitis C.

The Gift of Death is a shocking, deeply moving, often frightening analysis of the greatest preventable medical scandal in our history. André Picard unravels the vast story of tainted blood and dissects the country’s blood system – examining the roles of government, the medical establishment, the pharmaceutical industry, donors, and patients. Drawing on the moving testimony of victims and family members at the Krever Inquiry, research in both Canada and abroad, and never before-published documents, he puts a human face on this tragic story of incompetence, prejudice, fear, greed – and unfathomable heartbreak.

How could a system born of charity become so uncaring and out-of-control? Why was AIDS-tainted blood knowingly distributed? How did the Red Cross become a multi-million dollar corporation? What compensation is due to victims? What new horrors await us in the future? Superbly researched and far-reaching in it’s criticism, THE GIFT OF DEATH not only answers these troubling questions but proposes solutions, calling for radical redesign of our blood supply system to ensure that the tragedy of tainted blood is never repeated.


The Gift of Death:
Confronting Canada’s Tainted Blood Tragedy
Updated Edition 1998

At least 2000 Canadians of all ages – hemophiliacs, new-born babies, surgery patients – were infected through blood transfusions with the deadly AIDS virus. Yet it took more than a decade for alarm bells to go off and investigations to begin.

The Gift of Death is a shocking, deeply moving, often frightening analysis of the greatest preventable medical scandal in our history. André Picard examines the roles of government, the medical establishment, the pharmaceutical industry, donors – and draws on the moving testimony of victims and family members.

This updated edition also examines the “second tainted-blood scandal”, the infection of 60,000 transfusion recipients with the debilitating hepatitis C virus, and offers a definitive examination of the long-awaited Krever report.


Critical Care – Canadian Nurses Speak for Change

No one goes through life untouched by nurses. They are there to cradle us at birth, care for us when we are sick or injured, and to offer comfort at death. They unselfishly give advice, support and genuine caring when we need it most.

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Three out of four health care professionals in Canada are nurses – yet nursing has been so often overlooked as our health care system is being radically restructured.

In Critical Care, award-winning journalist Andre Picard takes us to the front lines of a profession that is undergoing dramatic changes.

This fascinating look at the many facets of nursing through birth, childhood ad adolescence to maturity and old age, takes us into hospitals, mental health facilities, research laboratories, patients’ homes and overseas to war zones. Critical Care features in-depth profiles of more than 40 nurses as they go about their daily jobs. We meet Kim Widger, a pediatric oncology nurse who every day must answer questions like: “What does it feel like to die?” Or Karen Johnson, a trauma nurse and educator, who must deal with the pressures of the “trauma season” between May 24 and Thanksgiving when there is a lethal mixture of cars and alcohol on the road. Or Anthony Arsenault, who is a burn nurse working with critically ill patients. Some nurses such as evacuation nurse Penny Triggs face the perils of airlifting patients out of Nunavut. Others such as Carolyn Adams, a palliative care nurse, help patients experience a “good death”. Influential nurses such as Margaret Hilson, director of international programs at the Canadian Public Health Association, use their expertise to shape nursing policy and to guide the next generation of caregivers.

Woven throughout the profiles, Critical Care is Andre Picard’s insightful commentary on the challenges of nursing today and recommendations for meaningful and efficient change. A passionate and thought-provoking portrait of a profession at a crossroads, this is a book not only for nurses but for all those who receive their care.


2000 Reasons to Hate the Millennium

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Excerpts from 2000 Reasons to Hate the Millennium

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If the computer geeks are right,
Times Square at Midnight on December 31, 1999
Josh Freed

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Table of Contents Countdown…

Chapter 10 WHY 2K? Introduction
Things we thought would last 2000 years that didn’t
Immortal quotes of the last Millennium that weren’t
Chapter 9 2K OR NOT 2K?
Where not to celebrate the Millennium
When not to celebrate the Millennium
How you can avoid the whole thing
Chapter 8 THE Y2K-MART
How to make a million off the Millennium
2000 products to expect and avoid
Chapter 7 Y NOT U2?
Inner messiah Tours
The missing messiah
How to have the first Millennium baby
Chapter 6 Y BUG ME?
The Millennium Bug: An Exterminator’s Guide
The Y2K Armageddon Survival Guide
Chapter 5 Y1K
A brief history of the last 1000 years
What about the Y1K bug?
Surprising inventions of the last Millennium
What’s 1000 years?
Chapter 4 THE YUKKIES
Awards for 2000 years of bad books, bad songs, bad films, bad fashions and bad inventions
Chapter 3 I’M OK, YOU’RE 2K
A guide to sex, culture, pets, space travel and other millitrends of the next 1000 years
Chapter 2 Y2NIGHT!
2000 ways to have a memorable moment on Millennium Eve
Preparing Your Last Supper
Millennium Eve TV lisitings
How to be the first death of the Millennium
Chapter 1 Y3K
A survival guide to the next 10 centuries
What to pack, where to stay, how to get there
Planning for a crowded planet
Predictions for the new Millennium
Chapter 0 BOOM!