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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Susanna Kelley

Susanna Kelley is Editor-in-Chief and Queen’s Park Bureau Chief for ontarionewswatch.com. A veteran political and investigative reporter, documentary-maker, host and media commentator, Susanna oversees and has final editorial control over all news production on ontarionewswatch.com.

Susanna has reported for the CBC, the Canadian Press and served as Queen’s Park Bureau Chief for TVOntario for 13 years. She has also hosted a number of documentaries for CBC’s The Current, CBC Radio News and TVOntario’s Studio 2.

Passionately dedicated to excellence in political journalism, and having covered both Parliament Hill and Queen’s Park, Susanna believes quality political reporting is essential to a healthy democracy. In that spirit, Susanna continues to serve as an Associate with the Canadian Centre for Investigative Reporting.

You can find Sue here: @susannakelley

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Susanna Kelley

Susanna Kelley is Editor-in-Chief and Queen’s Park Bureau Chief for ontarionewswatch.com. A veteran political and investigative reporter, documentary-maker, host and media commentator, Susanna oversees and has final editorial control over all news production on ontarionewswatch.com.

Susanna has reported for the CBC, the Canadian Press and served as Queen’s Park Bureau Chief for TVOntario for 13 years. She has also hosted a number of documentaries for CBC’s The Current, CBC Radio News and TVOntario’s Studio 2.

Passionately dedicated to excellence in political journalism, and having covered both Parliament Hill and Queen’s Park, Susanna believes quality political reporting is essential to a healthy democracy. In that spirit, Susanna continues to serve as an Associate with the Canadian Centre for Investigative Reporting.

You can find Sue here: @susannakelley

CONTRIBUTORS

Michele Cadario, ONW Salon

Michele Cadario was a senior advisor to Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Ontario campaign, as well as the Campaign Director for the Liberal Party in 2004, Deputy Chief of Staff to PM Paul Martin and Deputy Chief of Staff to BC Premier Christy Clark until 2017. Today
she is CEO of Vanguard Strategy.

Tom Parkin, ONW Salon

Tom Parkin is a veteran NDP strategist, columnist and a frequent commentator on national issues.

Hershell Ezrin, Columnist

Hershell Ezrin is Senior Counsel with Global Public Affairs and Senior Fellow, Ted Rogers Leadership Centre, Ryerson. He served as
Principal Secretary to former Ontario Premier David Peterson.

Randall White, Columnist: Terri Chu, Columnist

Randall White is a former senior policy advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Finance. He has subsequently worked as an independent public policy consultant for public and private sector clients. He has a PhD in political science from the University of Toronto, and is the author of a number of books on Canadian history and politics, including Ontario 1610-1985: A Political and Economic History, and Ontario Since 1985.

Terri Chu, Columnist

Terri Chu is an expert in energy systems, with a Masters in Engineering specializing in urban energy systems. Terri founded the grassroots organization “Why Should I Care”, a not-for-profit dedicated to engaging people on issues of public policy.

Brad James, Columnist

Brad James is the former Organizing Department Leader for the United Steelworkers Canadian National Office. Follow him on Twitter @jamesbrad263. Opinions expressed are his own.

onw ADVISORY BOARD

David Agnew

David Agnew is President of Seneca College. He served as Secretary to the Cabinet and was Principal Secretary to the Premier in the Government of Ontario. David has served in various leadership capacities throughout his career, including Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments, Principal at Digital 4Sight – where he led the firm’s global research initiative on Governing in the Digital Economy, President and CEO of UNICEF Canada and Executive Vice-President for the Credit Union Central of Ontario. He began his working life as a sports reporter for a Toronto daily newspaper, and continued as a journalist in St. John’s, Ottawa and Edmonton, including working in three bureaus of The Canadian Press. David remains active on numerous boards and committees.

Isabel Bassett

Isabel Bassett is the past Chair and CEO of TVO. She served as the Member of Provincial Parliament for the Toronto riding of St Paul’s and was Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation. Prior to that she spent 12 years as a host and producer of award-winning documentaries on CFTO-TV, part of the CTV network. She currently writes freelance articles, speaks, lobbies and campaigns on behalf of women’s issues. Isabel also devotes her time to a number of organizations and causes, including the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, the York University Library and YWCA Toronto.

Seymour Epstein

Seymour Epstein has an extensive background at the highest levels of Canadian media, most notably as a founder and past Director and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Global Television Network and CanWest Broadcasting Limited. He also served as Chief Engineer for Essex Broadcasting (CKLW AM/FM/TV) and as Acting Director General, Policy and Planning for the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission. Active in a number of voluntary endeavours, including the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and the Law Society of Upper Canada, Seymour currently serves as Chair and CEO of several companies including Epstein Enterprises, Kelman Technologies and CE Network Inc.

Hershell Ezrin

THershell Ezrin is the Managing Director of Ezrin Communications and has more than 30 years’ experience in senior executive roles in both the public and private sectors, as a political advisor to elected officials at all three levels of government, trusted director on several Boards, public policy expert, not for profit advocacy leader and strategic communications counselor. Hershell served as Canadian Consul in both Los Angeles and New York and was a member of the federal-provincial relations team within the Privy Council Office under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. He served as Deputy Minister and Principal Secretary to Premier David Peterson and was the Founding CEO of CIJA (Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy). A regular media commentator, Hershell blogs regularly at www.hershellezrin.com and will be a regular contributor on ontarionewswatch.com.

Peter Jacobsen

Peter Jacobsen is a founding partner of Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP and has over 30 years of experience in practice as a litigator and provider of legal advice, primarily in the areas of defamation, media and constitutional law. Peter has participated in several pivotal cases that have advanced freedom of expression in Canada involving libel and slander issues, free press rights, access to courts, publication bans, sealing orders and subpoenas to journalists and editors. He has also appeared in several significant cases at the Supreme Court of Canada. Peter has worked and volunteered with many organizations including the International Bar Association, Ad Idem/Canadian Media Lawyers Association, the Toronto Arts Council Foundation and the Writers’ Trust of Canada. He also served as Ontario Chief Negotiator, in a number of negotiations with First Nations communities.

Graham Murray

Graham Murray has been well-known at Queen’s Park for 35 years as a lobbyist, caucus staffer, consultant, political activist and pundit. He publishes the must-read bi-weekly newsletter Inside Queen’s Park and is considered an expert on Ontario government and politics. A past president of the Public Affairs Association of Canada, Murray was in 2007 named an Honourary Intern by the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme.

Mark Rosario

Mark Rosario is a cameraman, editor and web specialist with 15 years experience in the broadcast industry,

Mark began his career in Montreal working for a varitey of television stations before moving to Toronto in 2002 to take a position at CBC Radio-Canada. At CBC, Mark worked on a number of shows including Le Telejournal, Decouverte and The National.

Mark is currently at TFO working on a several French language programs, most notably, TFO’s flagship current affairs show, Relief.

Peter Russell

Peter H. Russell is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He is one of Canada’s leading constitutional scholars, has published widely in the fields of aboriginal policy, the judiciary and parliamentary democracy, and is a frequent commentator on Canadian government and politics. He is the founding Principal of Senior College at the University of Toronto. Peter Russell is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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Graham White

Graham White is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto and a former President of the Canadian Political Science Association. His involvement in Ontario politics dates from the mid 1970s, when he was selected as one of the first group of Legislative Interns (he later served as Director of the programme). He worked for several years in the Clerk’s Office at the Ontario Legislature before joining the University of Toronto, where his teaching and research have focused on Canadian government and politics, with emphasis on Ontario and the territorial North. He has written or edited a dozen books and published many academic articles and book chapters and is frequently asked to comment about politics in the media. His book, Cycling into Saigon: The Conservative Transition in Ontario (co-authored with David Cameron) was shortlisted for the Donner Foundation Prize for the best book in Canadian public policy in 2000.

Randall White

Randall White is a former senior policy advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Finance. He has subsequently worked as an independent public policy consultant for public and private sector clients. He has a PhD in political science from the University of Toronto, and is the author of a number of books on Canadian history and politics, including Ontario 1610-1985: A Political and Economic History, and Ontario Since 1985. He also serves on the editorial advisory committee of the quarterly journal Ontario History.

onw NEWS TEAM

Ryan Tuzyk, ONW Editor

Ryan has been an Editor for Ontario News Watch for five years. He has been responsible for editing all columns and The ONW Salon. Ryan has published news stories, short stories and poems. He has a Specialist Degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto and a diploma in Publishing from Centennial College. A lover of all things literary, he has also worked at the Bookends Bookstore for the Metro Toronto Library.

Ian Burns, ONW Curator

Ian Burns is the Website Curator for Ontario News Watch. He served as both a staffer and intern at Queen's Park. Ian has worked in a number of positions in print and online media. He is a graduate of McMaster and Carleton Universities, and has a diploma in Journalism from Humber College.