Public health is not dependable without independence
Provincial public health officials have legislated authority to act independently in emergencies, but organizationally, they remain beholden to their political masters and government employers.
Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam convenes a press conference in August to discuss the state of the pandemic. The federal government must leverage Canada’s internationally recognized public health expertise and immediately establish and fund an independent pandemic response observatory, write Hakique Virani and Elaine Hyshka of the University of Alberta. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade