Discovery Lecture

The Faculty of Science hosts public lectures during the academic year that address a scientific issue of the day as well as bring to campus well-known scientists from around the world.

Established in 2002, the Discovery Lecture is designed to showcase and promote excellence in science journalism. The lecture is sponsored jointly by the Faculty of Science and the School of Journalism.

The lecture is held annually in the winter semester and is free and open to the public.

2017 Discovery Lecture

André Picard is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail and the author of five books, including the soon-to-be-published collection of essays entitled “Matters of Life and Death.” He is a past winner of the Michener Prize for Meritorious Public Service Journalism, the Centennial Prize of the Pan-American Health Organization (awarded to the top health reporter in the 17 countries of the Americas) and an eight-time finalist for the National Newspaper Awards. André is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, and is the recipient of four honorary doctorates. He lives in Montréal.

Medicare: A Quirky Past, an Uncertain Future

André Picard, Health columnist, The Globe and Mail
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
2nd level, Richcraft Building
Register here

Medicare is the name Canadians give their publicly-funded health system. But Canada doesn’t have a health system, it has a loose collection of 15 different health systems, each with its own history and particularities. It also has an aging population, ever-more-demanding health consumers and a growing challenge keeping up with and paying for new health technologies.

André Picard, the long-time health columnist at The Globe and Mail and Carleton graduate (Journalism ’87), examines how we came to have the unusual health non-system we do, and what needs to be done to fulfill the promise of medicare – that no Canadian should be denied essential care because of an inability to pay.



Previous lectures, 2002-present

The New Communication Climate (2016)
Andrew Revkin

How to Build a Robot Brain: From Artificial Intelligence to Emotional Intelligence (2015)
Dr. Angelica Lin

Truth, An Inconvenience (2012)
Jay Ingram

Darwinian Evolution: From Conception to Misconception (2009)
Dr. Andrew M. Simons

Evolution and Its Causes (2009)
Dr. Charles Goodnight

The Darwin Beat: Dispatches From the Frontiers of Evolution (2008)
Carl Zimmer

Can Animals Think? (2007)
Jay Ingram
Host, Discovery Channel, Daily Planet

And Now For the Weather (2006)
David Phillips
Senior Climatologist, Environment Canada

Cold As Ice: Canadian Know A Lot About Cold .... Or Do We? (2005)
Dr. Gordon Geisbrecht
Professor of Thermophysiology, University of Manitoba

Future Fantasy: Turning Dreams Into Reality (2004)
Bob MacDonald
Host, CBC Quirks and Quarks

Science, Non-Science and Nonsense from Aliens to Creationism (2003)
Dr. Lawrence Krauss
mbrose Swassey Professor of Physics, Case Western University

Hey! There Are Cockroaches In My Chocolate Ice Cream (2002)
Dr. Joe Schwarcz
McGill Office for Chemistry and Society