David Rider is the Toronto Star's city hall bureau chief. Prior to joining the Star, where he has also been an editor and feature writer, Rider worked for outlets including Reuters News Service, CBC, the Toronto Sun, the Ottawa Sun, the Winnipeg Sun and the Brandon Sun. During breaks from full-time journalism, he taught high school English and foreign affairs in Osaka Prefecture, Japan, and was a 2013-14 Southam Journalism Fellow at the U of T's Massey College.
Rob Laidlaw is a Chartered Biologist and Executive Director of the wildlife protection organization Zoocheck. His work throughout the years has taken him from Canada's north to the far reaches of tropical Asia. Laidlaw is also an award-winning children's author; his latest books are 5 Elephants and Cat Champions, Caring for Our Feline Friends. Numerous people have asked him for recommendations on books about social change and activism. While there are a lot of great books out there, these are a few that he found particularly informative, accessible and, in some cases, revelatory. Rob can be reached through roblaidlawbooks.com.