Public Security and Perceptions of Identity

Canada’s social and political fabric is being undermined by inflammatory public rhetoric and divisive actions delivered in the name of “public security.”


Azeezah Kanji is a legal scholar, activist, and writer based in Toronto. She received her JD from University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, and LLM specializing in  Islamic Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She serves as Programming Coordinator at Noor Cultural Centre, and is a frequent contributor to Canadian media (including in the National Post, Toronto Star, and Rabble) on issues of national security, multiculturalism and Muslims in Canada.

Desmond Cole is an activist, author and an award-winning freelance journalist. He is a weekly columnist at the Toronto Star, and his writing also appears in Torontoist, Walrus, NOWMagazine, VICE and Ethnic Aisle. Desmond hosts a radio program every Sunday afternoon on Newstalk1010, and co-hosts a podcast on Canadian politics called Canadaland Commons. He is currently working on his first book about the past and present experiences of black Canadians.

Abdi Hersi, Host
Erik Betlem, Technical Producer
Ken Stowar, Show Producer


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