Simona is a Montreal-based writer on current affairs, politics and comedy. Her work covers cultural, environmental and economic critique, as well as social and gender issues. Approaching the end of her BA in journalism and creative writing at Concordia University, Simona savors her time working as a freelance journalist and writing political satire for The Concordian, which she assures pairs best with a Yiddish accent and a cup of tea.
Kira is passionate about connecting research, policy and grassroots organizing in order to further sensible drug policy. She is currently pursuing graduate studies at the Université de Montréal, examining the relationships between weed use and mental health in sexually and gender diverse youth. Kira has chaired the national board of CSSDP since September 2018 and is involved locally in Montréal both with CSSDP and VoxCann, a bilingual cannabis education initiative for youth, which she co-founded in 2018. She is also a strategic advisor for the national Cannabis & Psychosis project of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada.