Tim Bousquet, an award-winning writer and former news editor at The Coast, is launching an online news website in Halifax in May. 

 By Tamara Baluja, Associate Editor

Tim Bousquet, an award-winning writer and former news editor at The Coast, is launching an online news website in Halifax.

Bousquet said he has a name in mind for the site but won’t announce it until the launch of the site in early May.

“As a reporter, I’ll be covering City Hall, city council, municipal government, the local business scene and crown corporations. I’ll be doubling down on the investigative reporting. I’ll write opinion pieces,” Bousquet said in a blog post. “In short, I’ll be doing pretty much what I’ve done the last eight years in Halifax (and more), just not at The Coast.”

His site will sit behind a partial paywall that will support the hiring of other reporters and operational costs. More details will be revealed in coming posts, Bousquet promised.

Bousquet left The Coast on March 28. He won the Canadian Association of Journalists Don McGillivray Award for investigative reporting and was a finalist for the Michener Awards last year for his reporting on a Halifax mayor. Bousquet’s reporting revealed that Peter Kelly, Halifax’s popular three-term mayor, had taken more than $160,000 from the estate of Mary Thibeault, of which he was the executor, and seven years later had still not dispersed hundreds of thousands of dollars owed to charities and her heirs.


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Tamara Baluja is an award-winning journalist with CBC Vancouver and the 2018 Michener-Deacon fellow for journalism education. She was the associate editor for J-Source from 2013-2014.