Experts available to speak on variety of topics surrounding ongoing protests in Canada

As the protests and occupation in Ottawa heads into its fourth weekend, and with the House of Commons set to debate the use of the Emergencies Act, Western University has the following experts available to speak on a wide range of topics:

Chris Alcantara

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Areas of Expertise: Invoking of Emergencies Act, political fallout, use of emergency measures, roots of collection action, effect on electorate

David Guignion

PhD Candidate, Faculty of Information and Media Studies

Areas of Expertise: Misinformation and conspiracy theories, misinformation and its influence on movements

Fraser Johnson

Professor, Ivey School of Business, Director of Ivey Purchasing Managers Index, Leenders Supply Chain Management Association Chair

Areas of Expertise: Supply chain, effect of blockades on trade, effect of blockades on automotive industry

Howard Ramos

Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology

Areas of Expertise: Policing of protests, social justice and equity, social change, political sociology

Laura Stephenson

Professor, Department of Political Science

Areas of Expertise: Political behaviour, both Canadian and comparative, influence of institutions and context on attitudes, electoral preferences and engagements with politics

Commentary reflects the perspective and scholarly interest of Western faculty members and is not an articulation of official university policy on issues being addressed.

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