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Public Healthy Agency of Canada gets new president as current one steps down

Public Healthy Agency of Canada gets new president as current one steps down
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OTTAWA -- The Public Health Agency of Canada is getting a new president as the country heads into the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tapped Iain Stewart, currently head of the National Research Council of Canada, to take over the role.

Last week, the federal public health agency s president, Tina Namiesniowski, announced she was stepping down.

She sent a letter to the agency s staff saying that after months of responding to the health crisis, "none of us are superhuman" and that she needed a break.

Stewart, who has been a senior member of the public service for about 20 years, aside from a yearlong stint at Dalhousie University, will begin his new job Sept. 28.

Trudeau also gave Namiesniowski a new job as a senior official in the Privy Council Office, a bureaucratic operation that supports the prime minister and cabinet.
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