• Anne-Marie Saint-Cerny

    Author, researcher, and activist Anne-Marie Saint-Cerny arrived at the site of the Lac-Mégantic tragedy five days after it occurred. Her book-length piece of investigative journalism, Mégantic: A Deadly Mix of Oil, Rail, and Avarice (Talonbooks, 2020), was in its original French edition the winner of the 2018 prix Pierre-Vadeboncœur, a finalist for the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Awards for Non-Fiction, and listed for the 2019 Prix des libraires. She has been a social and environmental activist in various NGOs for over thirty-five years. She lives in Val-David, Quebec.

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  • Abby Stadnyk

    Abby Stadnyk is a white settler scholar and community organizer based in amiskwaciy (Edmonton, Alberta). She is a founding member of Free Lands Free Peoples (FLFP), an Indigenous-led anti-colonial penal abolition group, as well as the Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta Abolition Coalition (SMAAC), a prairie region abolition coalition. She has published in Perilous Chronicle, Canadian Dimension, Kite Line Radio, and The Media Coop. Most recently, she served on the editorial collective for a special issue of Briarpatch magazine on prison abolition, featuring the writing and artwork of incarcerated people in Canada and the United States.

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  • Judy Rebick

    Judy Rebick is a life-long activist, feminist, journalist, and writer.

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  • Daniel McNeil

    Daniel McNeil is a professor in the department of history at Queen’s University and the Queen’s national scholar chair in Black studies. His scholarship and teaching in Black Atlantic studies explore how movement, travel, and relocation have transformed and boosted creative development, the writing of cultural history, and the calculation of political choices. He is the author of Sex and Race in the Black Atlantic (Routledge, 2010) and, with Yana Meerzon and David Dean, a co-editor of Migration and Stereotypes in Performance and Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). He lives in Tkaronto/Toronto.

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  • Joël Laforest

    Joël Laforest is a writer, researcher, and organizer living in Calgary (Treaty Seven), and a producer and founding member of the Alberta Advantage podcast. His research critically examines the history of social democratic politics in Canada, and his writing has appeared in Briarpatch Magazine, Canadian Dimension, The Sprawl, and Jacobin.

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  • Peggy Nash

    Peggy Nash is an advocate for labour rights and social justice in Canadian politics and the labour movement, as a long-time senior negotiator for the CAW (now Unifor). A former president of the federal New Democratic Party, she was a candidate for leader after the untimely death of Jack Layton. A candidate in several federal elections, she served as a Member of Parliament and was named Official Opposition Industry and Finance Critic. Nash is an educator, a frequent media commentator, a founding member of Equal Voice and a co-founder of Toronto Metropolitan University’s Women in the House program.

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  • Shiri Pasternak

    Shiri Pasternak is the co-founder and former research director at Yellowhead Institute, currently on a research leave from the Institute. She is an Assistant Professor in Criminology at Toronto Metropolitan University. Her book, Grounded Authority, published by the University of Minnesota Press, is an in-depth critique of the federal land claims policy in Canada from the perspective of Algonquin law, and was published in 2017. It won the Canadian Studies Network Book Prize in 2017 and the Western Political Science Association Clay Morgan Award for Best Book in Environmental Political Theory. It also won an honourable mention from the Association & Anthropology, Legal Studies Association Book Prize. Pasternak is the co-author of three major Indigenous policy analysis reports published by the Yellowhead Institute, as well as numerous briefs on issues like critical infrastructure, international law, and abolition. She is a frequent contributor to national newspapers and magazines, receiving an honourable mention this year by the Digital Publishing Awards for her writing on the Wet’suwet’en conflict in 2020. She has also published academic writing in the South Atlantic Quarterly, Canadian Journal of Law and Society, Antipode, The New Brunswick Journal of Law, and Environment and Planning D. She writes about resource extraction, Crown-First Nations fiscal relations, police, and the relationships between capitalism and colonialism.

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  • Kevin Walby

    Kevin Walby is associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Winnipeg. He has authored or co-authored articles in British Journal of Criminology, Qualitative Inquiry, Qualitative Research, Punishment & Society, Antipode, Policing and Society, Urban Studies, Surveillance and Society, Media, Culture, and Society, Sociology, Current Sociology, International Sociology, Social Movement Studies, and more. He is author of Touching Encounters: Sex, Work, and Male-for-Male Internet Escorting (2012, University of Chicago Press). He is co-editor of Brokering Access: Power, Politics, and Freedom of Information Process in Canada with M. Larsen (2012, UBC Press). He is co-author with R. Lippert of Municipal Corporate Security in International Context (2015, Routledge). He has co-edited with R. Lippert Policing Cities: Urban Securitization and Regulation in the 21st Century (2013, Routledge) and Corporate Security in the 21st Century: Theory and Practice in International Perspective (2014, Palgrave). He is co-editor of Access to Information and Social Justice with J. Brownlee (2015, ARP Books) and The Handbook of Prison Tourism with J. Wilson, S. Hodgkinson, and J. Piche (2017, Palgrave). He is co-editor of Corporatizing Canada: Making Business Out of Public Service with Jamie Brownlee and Chris Hurl (2018, Between the Lines Press). He is co-editor of the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons.

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  • Bonnie Robichaud

    Bonnie Robichaud

    Bonnie Robichaud is a union activist, public speaker, mentor, and a recognized pioneer and leader in the fight for human rights. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

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  • Leslie Kern

    Leslie Kern

    Leslie Kern is the author of three books about cities, including Gentrification Is Inevitable And Other Lies and Feminist City: Claiming Space in a Man-Made World. She is an associate professor of geography and environment and women’s and gender studies at Mount Allison University. Leslie’s research has earned a Fulbright Visiting Scholar Award, a National Housing Studies Achievement Award, and several national multi-year grants. She is also an award-winning teacher. Leslie’s writing has appeared in The Guardian, Vox, Bloomberg CityLab, and Refinery29. Leslie is also an academic career coach, helping academics find meaning and joy in their work. She lives in Sackville, New Brunswick with her partner and two cats.

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