Graduates of the Informed Opinions workshop have access to the editing feedback of some wonderful professional journalists. We are deeply grateful to these experienced editors and columnists whose belief that public discourse will benefit from a richer diversity of views has inspired them to donate their own “informed opinions” to help make that happen.

Their involvement with Informed Opinions helps us provide writers new to op eds a fresh set of eyes, the capacity to flag words and phrases likely to make a piece unclear or less engaging, and the benefit of experience in ensuring there’s a timely news hook.

If you are an experienced journalist, columnist or op ed writer interested in supporting the aims of Informed Opinions and able to offer similar feedback and support, please contact us at



Peggy Berkowitz

Peggy Berkowitz recently retired as the editor of University Affairs, where she assigned, edited and worked with dozens of academics on their opinion pieces and essays, many of whom hadn’t previously written for a general interest magazine. University Affairs, an award-winning magazine and website (, is considered the most authoritative source of information for and about the university community in Canada. Peggy joined the publication as associate editor in 1994, after 15 years in print and radio journalism, including seven years at the Wall Street Journal.


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Debra Black

Debra Black has been a reporter at the Toronto Star since September, 1988. A graduate of Carleton’s School of Journalism, Black has covered everything from breaking news to education to health issues at the newspaper as a general assignment reporter, education reporter and feature writer for the paper’s Life section.


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Daphne Bramham

Daphne Bramham is an award-winning columnist at The Vancouver Sun and the author of The Secret Lives of Saints: Child Brides and Lost Boys in Canada’s Polygamous Mormon Sect, nominated for three national, non-fiction awards. She’s covered the Asia-Pacific, economics, politics and sports and has degrees in English, German literature and liberal studies.



Susan Delacourt

Susan Delacourt is a prominent political journalist (Globe & Mail, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star) and author (United We Fall, Shaughnessy: The Passionate Politics of Shaughnessy Cohen, Juggernaut: Paul Martin’s Campaign for Chrétien’s Crown). She plans to be winding up her master’s degree by the time you read this, right on deadline.



Susan Harada

Susan Harada was a national reporter for CBC TV, specializing in justice and defense issues. She also did stints in foreign reporting and as occasional anchor of The National and The Journal. She joined Carleton University’s journalism faculty in 2003 and obtained her Master’s in Legal Studies in 2008.



Kate Heartfield

Kate Heartfield was the opinion editor at the Ottawa Citizen, the daily broadsheet in Canada’s capital, until she left in 2015 to become a freelance writer and editor. Kate was shortlisted for Canada’s National Newspaper Award for editorial writing in 2015. She also writes fiction. Her novella “The Course of True Love” was published by Abaddon Books in 2016 as part of the collection “Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales from Shakespeare’s Fantasy World.”