Western University experts available to comment on Biden re-election, Keira’s Law, the federal public service workers’ strike, election interference, and Twitter and the media

President Joe Biden swearing in ceremony

Biden seeking re-election

On Tuesday, U.S. President Joe Biden formally announced he is running for re-election in 2024.

Matt Lebo
Professor, Department of Political Science

Areas of expertise: The presidency and presidential elections, congressional elections, political parties in Congress, American domestic politics.

Keira’s Law

Kiera’s Law (Bill C-233) was recently passed by Senate. The bill expands training judges receive on domestic violence and coercive control and how to consider risk factors when issuing decisions.

Katreena Scott
Professor, Education; Academic Director of the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children

Areas of expertise: Prevention of gender-based and sexual violence, domestic violence and domestic violence and the judicial system.

Nadine Wathen
Professor, Nursing; Canada Research Chair in Mobilizing Knowledge on Gender-Based Violence

Areas of expertise: Gender-based violence, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, health and social service sector response to gender-based violence.

Federal public service strike

Canada’s largest public service union announced plans this week to ramp up its ongoing strike by moving picket lines to more strategic locations including ports of entry.

Johanna Weststar
Associate Professor, DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies

Areas of expertise: Industrial and labour relations, union renewal, digital and cultural labour, representation and citizenship at work, pension board governance and underemployment.

Election interference

The federal government will continue to probe alleged foreign interference in Canadian elections following media reports and the testimony of one of Trudeau’s top advisors.

Laura Stephenson
Professor, Political Science

Areas of expertise: Political behaviour, shift in the dimensions of political debate, influence of institutions and context on attitudes, electoral preferences and engagements with politics.

Read online: Commentary on election interference

Twitter and media outlets

Twitter has removed blue checkmarks for those not willing to pay for verification. The company has also reversed course and removed “government funded” labels for several media outlets.

Anabel Quan-Haase
Professor, Faculty of Information and Media Studies

Areas of expertise: Internet studies, social media, scholarly digital communication and computer-mediated communication.

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