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Carly Weeks

Award-Winning National Health Reporter & Columnist, The Globe and Mail

Carly Weeks has established a reputation as a fearless journalist with a passion for shining a spotlight on the health and health-care related topics that matter to Canadians. We all have a vested interest in health-care. And in a world in which we are increasingly surrounded by myths, misinformation and lies that threaten to keep us misinformed and in the dark, Weeks specializes in finding the ‘hidden’ stories that some organizations would rather not be told. She provides a healthy dose of reality in her writing and debunks myths on topics ranging from the prescription painkiller crisis to fears over vaccination to Big Food and nutrition policy to name just a few. She has also written about her personal experiences with extreme bullying as a child and has become a source of information and inspiration for families dealing with this serious issue.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Convincing health-care professionals to join the conversation
The Internet has changed our lives, mostly for the better. But it has also given a forum to health conspiracy theorists and others who peddle dangerous, untrue theories about medicine and health. When it comes to our health, there is a growing chasm between what health-care professionals and governments tell us and what the public believes. It’s up to health-care professionals to fight back and use new communication tools to set not only set the record straight, but win back the trust of their patients.

The bullying epidemic – and how to stop it
Weeks endured severe bullying at the hands of dozens of classmates, an experience that had a profound impact on her life. Today, she shares those experiences, the important lessons she learned, and what needs to be done to address the rampant problem of bullying, particularly given the growing threat of cyberbullying.

Food marketing: The truth about what’s in your fridge
Salt. Sugar. Trans fats. It seems like everywhere you look, there are new warnings about the dangers lurking in your fridge. At the same time, rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions are rising rapidly. For the first time, experts predict that the next generation could have a shorter lifespan than their parents, and they blame the current state of food and food marketing as the main culprit. But Canadians are overwhelmed and confused by the amount of conflicting information about what they should – and shouldn’t – eat. And many of us – and our children – are easily influenced by the ubiquity of convenient processed and packaged foods that are often loaded with salt, sugar or fat. This is one of the biggest challenges we face today. And luckily, there are ways to tackle it head-on.

The democratization of health – and what it means for the future
Canadians are more informed, engaged and interested in health than ever before. And social media is making it easier than ever for health-care consumers to reach out and connect with the doctors, nurses and other health professionals that deliver care. This change represents a sort of revolution, one that presents enormous opportunities for fundamentally reshaping how Canadians see and engage with the health-care system. But failing to take advantage of this opportunity could leave organizations in the dark. Carly offers customized presentations tailored to your group’s needs.

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Awards

2013
RPNAO Excellence in Journalism Award
Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada Media Award

2011
Canadian Medical Association Michelle Lang Award for Excellence in Print Reporting


  • Carly was great, we were really pleased with her involvement. She was very committed to making the panel discussion a success. She spent time with each panel member ahead of the event and put together an overview and plan for the discussion. She was great on the day and we’re hearing good feedback from our event and panel discussion.

    - Director, Communications & Outreach, Canadian Partnership against Cancer

Summary Profile

Carly Weeks has emerged as one of the country’s leading authorities on health information Canadians need to know. She understands that the medical profession is increasingly losing the trust of the general public, and the importance of using communication to bridge that dangerous divide. Weeks has been a national health writer for The Globe and Mail for nearly a decade and has won numerous awards for her coverage. As a former reporter on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and in Washington, D.C., Weeks is also intimately familiar with the complex and often mysterious interplay between politics and health.

In addition to her regular column in The Globe and Mail, Weeks is also a frequent guest on CTV News as a commentator on current events. She punctuates her accessible and conversational style with humour, an insider’s view and a list of takeaways to help audiences better manage their healthcare and understand the system.

RT @NEWSTALK1010: Province announces proposed new measures for drug-impaired driving #onpoli https://t.co/UDO2mtHVBF (2017-09-18 01:51:59)
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RT @CNN: Petition calls for FDA to remove ultra-high-dosage opioids from market https://t.co/D7rXw2SHJt https://t.co/bSvvJiHryZ (2017-09-01 01:52:30)