A Healthy Future

Lessons from the Frontlines of a Crisis

By Ryan Meili
Categories: Political Science, Public & Social Policy, Health, Social Work & Psychology, Health & Medicine, Canadian Political Science
Publisher: UBC Press
Paperback : 9780774880909, 304 pages, October 2023
Ebook (PDF) : 9780774880916, 304 pages, October 2023
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780774880923, 304 pages, October 2023

Table of contents

Foreword: Wisdom in the Scars / Katharine Smart


First Wave

Gathering Clouds

The Longest March

Losing Trust

Reopening Minds

Eye of the Storm

Second Wave

Ignoring the Signs

Back to School

Respecting Our Elders

Third Wave

Miracles and Mudholes

Variants of Concern

Fourth Wave

Best Summer Ever

The Dam Breaks

Fifth Wave

Putting It Mildly

Waving Goodbye

Lessons for the Next Wave

Acknowledgments; Notes; Index

This riveting insider’s account of how the COVID-19 pandemic unfurled in one of Canada’s hardest-hit provinces draws on the lessons learned to provide a hopeful vision for building a healthier future.


This gripping account of the COVID-19 experience in Saskatchewan goes beyond pandemic memoir to draw lessons we can use to create a healthier future. Ryan Meili provides a unique and important perspective as both a doctor and the leader of Saskatchewan’s official opposition during the worst of the pandemic. Following events from the arrival of the virus, through successive waves, and the vaccine rollout, this book offers an insightful view of the political response, shares how real people’s lives were affected, and provides an inspiring vision for how we can do better in the future.


“When the pandemic arrived, Dr. Ryan Meili was both a physician and the leader of the NDP opposition in Saskatchewan. He was in a unique position to take part in both the medical and the political responses to COVID-19, and he kept meticulous notes. He transformed them into an insightful journal of Saskatchewan’s plague years in A Healthy Future: Lessons from the Frontlines of a Crisis, his new book published this fall.”

- Crawford Kilian