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Holly Dressel


Holly Dressel

Holly Dressel is a best-selling author generally known for work on environmental subjects. She has also been a writer-researcher for television, radio and print for the last twenty-five years. Although best known for her work with environmentalist and television host David Suzuki, she has just finished a book for McGill/Queen's Press, coming out in April of 2008, in a different vein. This important book investigates the sustainability of health care in Canada. Who Killed the Queen? The Story of a Community Hospital and How to Fix Health Care took four years to research and covers every controversial aspect of health care, from funding options to wait times and the doctor shortages. It is the first book written for a general audience to show Canada in an international light, with carefully researched comparisons especially with the United States, but with other countries as well. The book also exposes the scandal of the sudden closure of 21% of the hospitals beds in the country between 1994-95; no industrialized country has ever done such a thing, and although most Canadians are unaware of this fact, who is responsible and how it has violently weakened the health care system, the effects on our health care system has nonetheless become a popular focus for international studies on the topic. The book tackles every imaginable aspect of Canadian health care, from super-hospitals to private/public payment methods. It busts all the myths with hard data from around the world, but it also shows, as surely as the research on climate change, what direction health care needs to go in the future to keep the largest possible number of Canadians health and happy. Surprising revelations on what will work in the future, as well as what goes wrong in hospital and health care systems, are backed up with piles of studies from Statistics Canada, the World Health Organization, the Harvard School of Public Health, The Lancet, CMAJ and many other unimpeachable sources. Dressel and her publisher are confident that Who Killed the Queen? will raise the temperature on the health care debate this fall, especially in a U.S. election year.

Holly Dressel

Holly Dressel is a lively and inspiring speaker on her books as well as on environmental, ethical, health care, aboriginal culture and economic issues. She is in demand by academic audiences and is often called to speak at conferences at McGill, Trent and Concordia Universities, CEGEPs including Dawson and Vanier, the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, as well as at many conferences, such as the last four People and the Planet of the Sierra Club, "Rethinking Development" of St. Francis University in Antigonish, N.S., and the Necessary Voices series of the Vancouver Public Library. She was recently featured, along with three other environmentalists, in "Passions," a film series about Canadians who have achieved recognition in their careers, by Productions Rivard out of Winnipeg, to be broadcast by Radio Canada and TVO later this year.

Holly Dressel

Over the previous eight years, she and David Suzuki have collaborated on three major projects for radio and print. The first was an eight-hour radio series for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation called From Naked Ape to Super Species, broadcast in 1999. Holly Dressel was the field producer, researcher and co-writer of this series, which sold more copies than any other in the history of the CBC. She and Suzuki then co-wrote a book with the same title, which was published by Stoddart and became a best-seller in Canada within ten days of going on sale. Reissued in an expanded edition by Greystone in 2003, it has sold over 80,000 copies to date. The two then wrote a second book together, the number-one best-seller Good News for a Change (Stoddart, 2002, with a new edition by Greystone in 2004), about what can be done to change the conditions that mitigate against our living sustainably on the earth. This book is in its third edition, having sold over 100,000 copies in Australia, India and South Korea as well as in the U.S. and Canada, and having been translated into three languages, including French, as Enfin de bonnes nouvelles, released by Boreal in 2006.

Dressel was a writer, producer and broadcaster for CBC Radio and television for many years, but is best known as a writer and researcher of television documentary. Her programs for Suzuki's show The Nature of Things include the two-hour special, "The Wind That Keeps On Blowing," on the threats of massive dam building in northern Quebec, and "Trouble in the Forest," a film about acid rain that was instrumental in obtaining stricter air quality standards in North America. She has many other documentary credits for the CBC, the NFB, and programs broadcast on National Geographic channel, CTV and Global Currents. Dressel is on the Board of the Sierra Club of Canada, is a contributing editor to Yes! Magazine, and often or does lectures or advisory work for McGill University. She has lived for the past 30 years outside Montreal with her extended family on an organic farm, and is currently working on a film about the Alberta tar sands development for Loaded Pictures in Montreal.

Other bios of Holly Dressel: Green Party of Canada | Espeakers [ MS Word file DOC file: 25 kb ]

Other Projects

Contributing Editor

Board Member
Sierra Club Canada

Greystone Books

National Speakers Bureau

Speaker (includes video clip)
The Second International Conference on Gross National Happiness

Contact Information

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