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Planning for the Next Pandemic: Defining the Federal Role in Public Health Emergencies

Kumanan Wilson and Harvey Lazar drafted this paper in the wake of the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak in 2003, at a time when concerns over a potential avian flu outbreak loomed large. The authors suggest the handling of the SARS crisis, from a federal government perspective, revealed flaws in the Government of Canada’s response to public health emergencies.

Tough Times in the Big Easy: Lessons From a Catastrophe

This report, written by Andrew Archibald and Trefor Munn-Venn, explores the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina and proposes lessons the Canadian public and private sectors should take away from the ordeal.