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André Picard

Episode #19: Swallowing an Elephant

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Health journalist, André Picard, joins us to discuss his accidental journey into a journalism career, solving big problems with pragmatism and patience, the responsibility to listen to and share stories, and so much more!


André Picard is a health reporter and columnist for The Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff writer since 1987. André is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and has received honorary doctorates from six universities, including the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto. He is also the author of five bestselling books, including “Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada.” André is an eight-time nominee for the National Newspaper Awards, Canada’s top journalism prize, a past winner of prestigious Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedication to improving healthcare.



  • How André “accidentally” ended up pursuing journalism

  • Covering AIDS as a journalist in the 80s and how that evolved over 40 years

  • Responsible journalism 

  • Doing more than giving patient-centred care lip-service

  • Stories that have stuck with André and been the most impactful

  • Parallels between journalism and therapy: the silence between the notes is as important as the notes themselves

  • The ways in which media and journalism is consumed now as compared to 40 years ago

  • Why people are reluctant to pay for news, when they pay to access every other commodity

  • The importance of being pragmatic and open minded

  • Staying passionate and optimistic about the work you do



Full episode transcript coming soon.