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André Picard is a health reporter and columnist for The Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff writer since 1987. He is also the author of five bestselling books and an eight-time nominee for the National Newspaper Awards, Canada’s top journalism honour. He won the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedication to improving healthcare. Picard lives in Montreal.

Award History

2021 Finalist

Balsillie Prize for Public Policy
for Neglected No More: The Urgent Need to Improve the Lives of Canada's Elders in the Wake of a Pandemic

Jury Citation

"Veteran journalist and health columnist André Picard’s powerful and thorough exposé of the crisis in Canada’s eldercare is a must-read for families, politicians, policymakers, and health providers. Evocative storytelling is suffused with a detailed analysis of the fragmented, disjointed, and badly neglected system that routinely fails those in greatest need of protection. The COVID-19 pandemic, which disproportionately killed thousands in Canada’s seniors’ homes, laid bare the shameful cost of political inaction. Picard’s book is more than a wake-up call — it is an urgent, powerful appeal to the nation and a blueprint for treating all seniors with the dignity, respect, and compassion they deserve."

—2021 Balsillie Prize for Public Policy Jury (Samantha Nutt, Taki Sarantakis, and Scott Young)