The Coast takes CAJ's top investigative award

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The Coast's investigation into then Halifax mayor’s role as executor of a family friend’s estate took the Canadian Association of Journalists’ top prize for investigative journalism.

Reporter Tim Bousquet of The Coast was the recipient of the 2012 Don McGillivray Award, which is selected from the winners of the CAJ's investigative categories. 

The Resort Municipality of Whistler is the winner of the Code of Silence Award, which names the most secretive government or publicly funded agency according to the CAJ. "The only spokespeople are the municipality’s mayor, CAO and public information officer," the press release says. "Experts at passing the buck, the control over information exercised in Whistler rivals that of certain federal departments and PR at the most secretive private corporations."

CAJ president Hugo Rodrigues said “Voters in Whistler, take note— your media are being kept from telling you what’s happening with your dollars due to these policies."

"If you care about what Whistler is doing with your hard-earned dollars, it’s time to effect change at the ballot box so these practices get changed,” he added.

Massey College, home to the William Southam Journalism Fellowships, received  the CAJ President's Award

Here are the other winners, according to the press release

 

OPEN NEWSPAPER / WIRE SERVICE

Stephen Maher, Ottawa Citizen and Glen McGregor, Postmedia News, Dirty election tricks revealed

COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER:

Tim Bousquet, A trust betrayed, The Coast

MAGAZINE

Alison Motluk, Is egg donation dangerous? Maisonneuve

OPEN TELEVISION (UNDER FIVE MINUTES RUNTIME)

Robert Fife, Philip Ling, XL Foods investigation, CTV News

OPEN TELEVISION (OVER FIVE MINUTES RUNTIME):

Gil Shochat, Alex Shprinsten, Joseph Loeiro, Fatal Deception, CBC News – Investigative Unit

REGIONAL TELEVISION

Melissa Brousseau, Breaking the mold, CBC North – Maamuitaau

OPEN RADIO NEWS OR CURRENT AFFAIRS:

Alison Motluk, Wanted: Egg donor in good health, CBC Radio – The Sunday Edition

CAJ / MARKETWIRE DATA JOURNALISM AWARD

Steve Buist, Condition critical, Hamilton Spectator

PHOTOJOURNALISM

Darryl Dyck, Freelance/The Canadian Press

SCOOP

Jim Bronskill, Canada’s torture memos, Canadian Press

DAILY EXCELLENCE

Kim Bolan, Brazen killing may be gang retaliation/Sandip Duhre was shot to death, Vancouver Sun

PRINT FEATURE

Jon Wells, He sang with all his heart, Hamilton Spectator

JHR/CAJ AWARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS REPORTING

Nahlah Ayed, Diane Grant, Seeking safety, CBC News – The National

CWA CANADA/CAJ AWARD FOR LABOUR REPORTING

Greig de Peuter, Nicole Cohen, Enda Brophy, Interns, unite! (you have nothing to lose – literally) Briarpatch

CAJ/CNW GROUP STUDENT AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Marc Ellison, The Girls of War, Toronto Star/Carleton University

 

 

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