The CALM awards. Sequins optional

Annual CALM Awards

The CALM Awards are for full members of the Canadian Association of Labour Media (who have paid membership fees for the current membership year). The awards honour excellence in the print, broadcast, online and graphics arts for material produced in the previous year. You can join CALM at any time if you’d like to make a submission to the awards. To confirm your union’s membership, please contact

To see the 2017 Awards winners, please click here.


CALM 2017 Awards judges

Online Judge

Rebecca Rose

Rebecca Rose is a freelance writer who focuses on misogyny and rape culture, Queer and Trans people and communities, various social movements, and politics (mostly when it makes her angry).
A former student activist, Rebecca began working in solidarity with the labour movement, through her involvement in the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) and Canadian Federation of Students. Rebecca was previously a member of CUPE 1281 and has worked for and provided social media workshops to various unions including the PSAC, CUPE, and UNIFOR. As a Cape Bretoner, she takes pride in coming from a line of miners and steel plant workers.   
She is currently an active member of the Canadian Freelance Union (CFU).
Rebecca Rose is a Ryerson University Journalism graduate who has written for publications such as The Coast, Daily Xtra, the Halifax Media Co-op,, and Autostraddle.  

Design Judge

Si sityaawks – Woman who creates change (Jessica Wood)

Jessica Wood is an Gitxsan/Tsimshian photographer, photojournalist and activist based on the West Coast of British Columbia. Her background in traditional Indigenous art has laid the foundation for her contemporary work. Jessica's photographic style can be best described as reportage and documentary combined with a fine art aesthetic. She is currently the Coordinator for the Canadian Freelance Union and can often be found reporting on issues related to violence against Indigenous women and girls. 



Broadcast Judge

Julia Caron

Julia Caron is a bilingual bundle of contradictions, endlessly enamoured by the radical potential of the Internet.

She has called Quebec City home since 2008; it is only appropriate she ended up in one of the oldest cities in North America, given her affection for all things old. She works as a journalist for CBC Radio based in the province’s capital. Her radio documentaries have been featured on national programs such as In the Field, As It Happens, and Unreserved. Her writing has been featured in Shameless Magazine, WORN Journal, Racialicious and Missy Magazine. You can find her spending far too much of her free time online, engaged in critical discussions about social justice and contemporary art.


Writing Judge

Jennifer O'Brien

Jennifer O'Brien is an award-winning journalist with 20 years experience in the newspaper industry. For 16 of those years, she worked as a reporter and multi-media journalist at the London Free Press, where she focused on crime, social justice and issues that impact London's diverse and cultural communities. Jennifer's work includes a vast array of investigative and feature reports that put a spotlight on inequality, challenged the status quo and triggered community change. 



French Language Judge

Eve-Lyne Couturier

Eve-Lyne Couturier a étudié en science politique à l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Elle a été analyste devant la Régie de l'énergie pour le Regroupement des organismes environnementaux en énergie pendant 3 ans et travaille depuis 2008 à l'IRIS sur les enjeux d'inégalités de revenus, l'évolution du système de retraite québécois et l'impact des politiques publiques sur les femmes.