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Globe and Mail public health reporter Andre Picard
Globe and Mail public health reporter Andre Picard
(John Morstad for The Globe and Mail)

The big hole in Canada’s public health leadership needs to be filled

That sucking sound you hear coming from Ottawa? It’s the void in public health leadership.

The two most important positions in Canadian public health circles – chief public health officer and scientific director of the National Microbiology Laboratory – are vacant. They have been for months.

Worse yet, there is no indication that the federal government is in any rush to fill these positions quickly, or with high-profile candidates these jobs require.