André Picard is one of Canada’s top public policy writers. He is currently the public health reporter at The Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff writer since 1987. He also serves as the paper’s Quebec Bureau Chief. His books include Critical Care: Canadian Nurses Speak For Change; The Gift of Death: Confronting Canada’s Tainted Blood Tragedy; and A Call to Alms: The New Face of Charity in Canada. Picard has received much acclaim for his writing, including the Canadian Nurses’ Association Award of Excellence in 2000 and 2001, the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism, the Canadian Policy Research Award, the Science and Society Prize, and the Atkinson Fellowship for Public Policy Research. He has been a three-time finalist for the National Newspaper Awards, a nominee for the Gordon Montadour Award for Public Policy Writing, and the QSPELL Award for Non-Fiction. His work has also been honoured by the Canadian Hearing Society. He lives in Montreal.