The Toronto Star has won the 2013 Michener Award for its coverage of the activities and behaviour of Mayor Rob Ford that resulted in a police investigation and Ford being stripped of all powers. 

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The Toronto Star has won the 2013 Michener Award for its coverage of the activities and behaviour of Mayor Rob Ford that resulted in a police investigation and Ford being stripped of all powers.

“Despite intimidation and an organized campaign trying to undermine the credibility of the reporting, the Toronto Star exposed Ford’s public drunkenness, boorish behaviour, abuses of his office and existence of a video of him smoking crack cocaine accompanied by members of a drug gang,” the Michener Awards Foundation said in a statement. “The Star did not waiver as the mayor countered every story with vehement denials and attacks.”

Citations of merit were given to the Canadian Press for its reporting on broken commitments between the federal government and veterans who served in Afghanistan, CTV News for the Senate expense scandal, the Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald for an investigation on children who died in foster care in Alberta, a Globe and Mail investigation on oil regulation after the rail disaster in Lac-Mégantic and the Windsor Star for providing a voice for a community fighting to keep cancer-related thoracic surgery in the city.


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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.