June 01, 2004

Blog This Contributors

Posted by joyceb at 09:24 AM ET

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Annette Bourdeau is a Toronto-based writer who can often be found loitering at the This Magazine World Headquarters. Her political views land her in many arguments with her Stephen Harper - lovin' friends and family in Calgary. She is often labelled a "radical hippy" and "bleeding heart liberal. "
Current boy crush: Michael Pitt.
Current girlcrush: Tori Amos.
Political Compass: Economic -7.62. Social - 6.92.


Joyce Byrne is the former publisher of This Magazine (2001-2005) and is now at work setting up the shadowy Western Bureau for Canada's best alternative journal. As a kid she dreamed of being a spy but realized her authority issues ruled that out completely. The daughter of a cop and a banker from the 905 region, it was fate that one day she'd be in charge of running a small leftwing magazine; so instead she satisfies her secret agent fantasies by watching ALIAS episodes on DVD.
Current boycrush: Joel Plaskett.
Current girlcrush: Angelina Jolie.
Political compass: Economic: -7.12. Social -8.00


John Degen is a Toronto poet and writer, who likes to reread the prison letters of Vaclav Havel. His first novel, The Uninvited Guest, is available now from Nightwood Editions. He dreams of the day when someone other than a businessman or lawyer is elected Prime Minister of Canada. Read more about John at www.johndegen.com.
Current girlcrush: Maureen Dowd, my imaginary New York Times op-ed columnist girlfriend.
Current boycrush: A tie between Al Franken and Zinedine Zidane, both excellent strikers.
Political compass: Economic -4.62. Social -3.90

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Krisztina Kun is an East Vancouver writer and activist with an interest in media, culture, feminism, anti-imperialism and D.I.Y. crafty things. She helps organize Under the Volcano, an annual festival of political arts and culture, works for SFPIRG, and writes for Beyond Robson a Vancouver-based blog.
Current boycrush: George Stroumbo
Current girlcrush: Sandra Oh
Political compass:
Economic: -8.75, Social: -7.44


Ron Nurwisah grew up in Vancouver but is now a Toronto-based freelance writer and editor who writes on urban issues, visual arts and literature. He spends far too much time blogging on Torontoist and his own personal blog Boyreporter.ca. He'd like to see more people on bikes, fewer SUVs and better air quality for all.
Current Boy Crush: Graham Hill of Treehugger.com or Dave Meslin of Whorunsthistown.to
Current Girl Crush: Emily Haines of Metric
Political Compass: Economic -7.13, Social -6.97


Shawn Syms has written on sexuality, politics and culture for almost 20 years, for publications ranging from The Globe and Mail to Spacing to Our Times to Xtra. Right now he's deep in the middle of rewrites of Human Forces, a short-fiction collection. Shawn's intensely turned on by Larry the Cable Guy's buttcrack but deeply turned off by the character's political sentiments. Oh, life's contradictory impulses!

Current boycrush/girlcrush: Ty Greenstein of "acoustic, harmony-driven gender pop" band Girlyman
Political compass: Economic -7.00. Social -7.18.

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Ariel Troster is a writer and activist in Ottawa. By day, she works for a wonderful NGO that lets her act like a professional shit disturber. By night, she writes a column for Capital Xtra and blogs from Dykes Against Harper. She loves snappy sentences, spicy food, booty-shaking music and nerdy girls and boys.
Current Boy Crush: John Cameron Mitchell
Current Girl Crush: Peaches
Political Compass: Economic -8.25, Social -7.28


Mason Wright is a Toronto-based editor, writer and visual journalist with a particular bent toward issues regarding the environment, media and technology. He also publishes a personal weblog called propeller, located at www.prop.ca.
Current girlcrush: Sarah Silverman.
Current boycrush: Stephen Colbert.
Political compass: Economic -8.88. Social -7.54.

Note: the political compass we used is located at www.politicalcompass.org

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