CALM Awards

2021 Awards Judges

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English writing categories

Justin Brake
Justin Brake is an independent journalist and a settler with Mi'kmaq ancestry from Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland) who presently lives and works on unceded Algonquin lands. During his two decades as a journalist Justin has reported from Haiti for the CBC following the 2010 earthquake, served as editor of The Independent in Newfoundland & Labrador, and worked as a reporter and executive producer for APTN News. He has been recognized for his work covering Indigenous rights and land defence and as an advocate for press freedom.

Écriture en français

Anne Lagacé Dowson
Anne Lagacé Dowson is a journalist and broadcaster who hosted and reported for CBC Radio for over 20 years and a commentator on Radio-Canada. Anne has an MA in History from Carleton University and a BA from l'Université d'Ottawa. She is a long time activist and former federal NDP candidate. Anne is a fluently bilingual Franco Ontarienne, born in Toronto, now living in Montréal.

Online categories

Vyas Saran

Vyas Saran (he/him) is a South Asian settler writer and legal activist in areas of anti-poverty and Indigenous legal resurgence. He also posts online too much, but sometimes it gets him fun gigs like judging a bunch of websites for unions.

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Design categories

Syrus Marcus Ware
Syrus Marcus Ware is a Vanier scholar, visual artist, activist, curator and educator. Syrus uses drawing, installation and performance to explore social justice frameworks and black activist culture, and he’s shown widely in galleries and festivals across Canada. He is part of the Performance Disability Art Collective and a core-team member of Black Lives Matter – Toronto. He has won several recognitions including the TD Diversity Award 2017, “Best Queer Activist” NOW Magazine 2005, and the Steinert and Ferreiro Award 2012. He is the co-editor or the best-selling Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada (URP, 2020)

Broadcast categories

Anne Lagacé Dowson

Anne Lagacé Dowson is a journalist and broadcaster who hosted and reported for CBC Radio for over 20 years and a commentator on Radio-Canada. Anne has an MA in History from Carleton University and a BA from l'Université d'Ottawa. She is a long time activist and former federal NDP candidate. Anne is a fluently bilingual Franco Ontarienne, born in Toronto, now living in Montréal.