Congratulations to all the 2016 CAJ Awards finalists!

OTTAWA, March 28, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is pleased to announce the full list of finalists for its annual awards for outstanding investigative journalism in Canada published or broadcast in 2016.

The recipients in each category will be announced April 29 at the CAJ Awards gala and conference banquet in Ottawa, part of the #CAJ17 annual conference at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel.

Delegates registering for the full conference (April 28-29) in most registration categories get a banquet ticket as part of their registration. Standalone tickets are also available at a cost of $67.85. Register and purchase tickets today via the conference registration page. Early bird rates for the conference run until April 21.

Awards finalists registering for the conference – either one-day plus gala or full conference – are automatically eligible for a 10% discount off the relevant fee. If your organization wants to send more than five finalists to the conference, a 25% discount is available. Contact us to confirm eligibility and register.

Please note the media outlet listed is where the finalist worked at the time their entry was broadcast/published or where the particular entry was broadcast/published. Finalists are listed alphabetically by media outlet. Links, where available, have been provided in the titles of the finalists' entries.


Marnie Luke, Holly Moore, Cate Friesen, Heather Evans, Cecil Rosner, Connie Walker, Jillian Taylor, Angela Sterritt, Katie Nicholson, Geoff Leo, Jody Porter, Martha Troian, Chantelle Bellrichard, Katie Pedersen, Joanne Levasseur, Cameron Perrier, Kristy Hoffman, Kelly Bennett, Michelle Cheung, William Wolfe-Wylie, Richard Grasley, Ron Sloan, Donna Lee, Lara Schroeder, Diana Redegeld, Anne Mercer, Kate Zieman, Cathy Ross, Ginny Oakley, Ben Paris 
Unresolved: Case Closed or Murder? 
CBC News

Nahlah Ayed, Tracy Seeley 
Dirty Work 
CBC News – The National

Nancy Macdonald 
Canada's prisons are the new 'residential schools' 

Marc Ellison, Daniel Lafrance 
Safe House 
Freelance / The Toronto Star

Claire Ward, Kathryn Gretsinger, Taylor Owen, Daniel Hernandez, Michelle Ghoussoub, Codi Hauka, Jon Hernandez, Mike Lakusiak, Peter Mothe, Ahmed Najdat, Konstantine Roccas, Natalie Walters, Daisy Xiong 
Hidden in Plain Sight: Stories on Migration and HIV in Chile 
International Reporting Program / UBC Graduate School of Journalism / VICE News

The following categories' finalists were announced on March 24, 2017.

The finalists in the OPEN MEDIA category are:

Heather Evans, Dave Seglins, Chelsea Gomez, Matthew Braga 
Surveillance In Canada - Past, Present & Future 
CBC News – Investigative unit

Holly Moore, Vera-Lynn Kubinec, Katie Nicholson, Joanne Levasseur, Harvey Cashore, Joseph Loiero, Tarannum Kamanli, Bob McKeown 
Doctors Without Boundaries 
CBC News – The Fifth Estate / Investigative unit

Steven Chase, Robert Fife 
Party fundraising 
The Globe and Mail

Karen Howlett, Justin Giovannetti, Nathan VanderKlippe, Andrea Woo, Les Perreaux, Laura Blenkinsop, Trish McAlaster, Michael Pereira, Melissa Tait 
Killer High: How Canada Got Addicted to Fentanyl 
The Globe and Mail

Randy Richmond, Morris Lamont, Kate Dubinski, Juanita Sims, Ian Gillespie 
Indiscernible: the death of Jamie High 
The London Free Press

The finalists in the COMMUNITY MEDIA category are:

Eva Wasney, Colin Corneau, Andrew Nguyen, Tyler Stephens, Matt Goerzen, Jim Lewthwaite
Knights of D-Day 
The Brandon Sun

Travis Lupick, Amanda Siebert
A community response: How the worst overdose epidemic in Vancouver's history left the Downtown Eastside to fend for itself 
The Georgia Straight

The finalists in the OPEN BROADCAST FEATURE category are:

Cullen Crozier 
Forgotten Survivors 
APTN Investigates

Shiral Tobin, Johanna Wagstaffe, Jessica Linzey, Lee Rosevere 
Fault Lines 
CBC News – Vancouver

Kalli Anderson 
The Twiblings Project 
Freelance / CBC Radio – The Doc Project

Team entry 
Huffington Post / AOL Canada

Allison Tierney, Navin Harrilal, Shawney Cohen 
Dopesick: Fentanyl's Deadly Grip 
VICE – Viceland

The finalists in the OPEN BROADCAST NEWS category are:

Trina Roache, James Robinson 
Black Tickle 
APTN National News

Rosa Marchitelli, Manjula Dufresne, Jenn Blair, Karen Burgess, Francois Dallaire, David Horemans 
Failure to Protect 
CBC News – Go Public

Adrienne Arsenault, Michelle Gagnon, Nazim Baksh 
The Extremes 
CBC News – The National

Jill Macyshon 
Sandy Bay Housing 
CTV News

Rick Westhead, Paul Haber, Scott Ferguson, Darren York, Olivera Stojanovic, David Hughes, Brett Mitchell, Steve Dryden, Ken Volden, Anton Koschany 
NHL Concussions 
CTV News – W5 / TSN

The finalists in the COMMUNITY BROADCAST category are: 

Natalie Clancy, Eric Rankin, Manjula Dufresne, Yvette Brend, Justin McElroy 
The Frontline of Fentanyl 
CBC News – Vancouver

James Evans 
Fort McMurray Strong 
CBC Radio One – Edmonton

Abigail Bimman 
Unregistered nurse 
CTV News Kitchener


Jacques Marcoux, Sean Kavanagh 
311 calls for help handled so slowly, Winnipeg misses nearly half its targets 
CBC News – Manitoba

Valérie Ouellet, Alex Boissonneault, Marie-Eve Potvin 
10 years and $100 million in political donations 
CBC News / Radio-Canada – Toronto

Renata D'Aliesio, Les Perreaux, Allan Maki, Jeremy Agius, Laura Blenkinsop 
The Unremembered 
The Globe and Mail

Joanna Frketich 
Danger Zone 
The Hamilton Spectator

Jeff Outhit 
Critics see 'systemic racism' in police stops 
Waterloo Region Record

The finalists in the ONLINE MEDIA category are:

Emma Loop 
The Drone And the Damage Done 
Buzzfeed News Canada

Sean Craig 
What's Gone On Behind Closed Doors At Canada's Most-Visited Museum 
Freelance / Buzzfeed News Canada

Joan Weeks, Karissa Donkin 
Matthew Hines: Death in Custody 
CBC News – Nova Scotia / New Brunswick

Lisa Jackson, Josh Bloch, Chris Bennett, Marty Flanagan, Connor Illsley, Anna Maria Tremonti, Kathleen Goldhar, CJ Hervey, James Milward 
Highway of Tears: a virtual reality documentary 
CBC Radio One – The Current

Mike De Souza 
The Charest Affair 
National Observer

The finalists in the PHOTOJOURNALISM category are:

Nahlah Ayed
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CBC News

Rafferty Baker 
2016 portfolio 
CBC News – Vancouver

Larry Wong 
2016 portfolio 
Postmedia Network – Edmonton

The finalists in the SCOOP category are:

Willow Fidler 
Police admit racism 
APTN National News

Diana Swain, Lori Ward, Timothy Sawa 
Students Unhushed 
CBC News – Investigative unit

Mercedes Stephenson 
Suicide Bomber 
CTV News

Colin Perkel 
Canada plunging into elevator crisis 
The Canadian Press

Joe Friesen 
The death of Colten Boushie 
The Globe and Mail

The finalists in the DAILY EXCELLENCE category are: 

Olivia Condon, Vincent McDermott, Cullen Bird, Robert Murray 
'It's gone. It's all gone': Wildfire empties Fort McMurray as flames enter city 
Fort McMurray Today

John Cotter, Lauren Krugel, Dean Bennett, Sylvia Strojek, Mary Jo Laforest, Gwen Dambrofsky, Ken Trimble, Chris Purdy, Bob Weber, Robert Drinkwater, Jennifer Graham, Tim Cook, Kevin Ward
Fort McMurray Wildfire 
The Canadian Press

Susan Clairmont 
Steadfast in their faith 
The Hamilton Spectator

Jon Wells 
Search ends in tragedy: Finnigan Danne found dead 
The Hamilton Spectator

The finalists in the TEXT FEATURE category are:

Lezlie Lowe 
Before the murder and after: the life of Tyler Richards 
Freelance / The Coast – Halifax, N.S.

Tyler Dawson 
Watchdogs, oversight and Ontario's thin blue line: How the stakes got so high 
Ottawa Citizen

Paul Webster 
Big Pharma vs. Everyone 
Freelance / Report on Business Magazine

Jason Markusoff, Nancy Macdonald, Charlie Gillis 
The Great Escape 

Jon Wells 
The forever girl 
The Hamilton Spectator


Nelisha Vellani, Melissa Mancini, Charlsie Agro
Restaurant dress codes: Should dressing sexy be a job requirement? 
CBC News: Marketplace

Sara Mojtehedzadeh, Melissa Renwick, Paul Watson, Cameron Tulk, Kelsey Wilson, Frances Kelly
Lethal Legacy 
Toronto Star

Min Sook Lee 
Migrant Dreams 


Adam Marsh 
The Educated Homeless
Camosun College / Nexus Newspaper

Justina Deardoff, Hanna Deeves, Katherine Huitema 
Not A Magic Pill 
Mount Royal University / The Calgary Journal

Allister Aalders, Skye Bryden-Blom, Jennie Cyril, Joel LeBlanc, Daniel Mackenzie, Nic Meloney, Whitney Middleton, Matthew Moore, Hilary Pettigrew, Jean-Marc Samson, Blake Seymour, Callum Smith, Benoit Crawford-Leblanc, Jenn Edwards, Chris Lee, Nicole Ly, Dan MacIsaac, Ethan Saulnier, Brandon Munroe, Kadence Ellis, Kristen Brown, Ellen Coles, Ed Halverson, Scott Hastings, Nicole Martelle, Jane Nicholson, Andres Porras, Christian Roach, Marilyn Sexton, Olesya Shyvikova, John Wimberly, Morgan Jessome, CJ Killam, Nick Madore, Jake Nissen, Romney Tarasco, Jason Cohanim, Michael Decoste, Wyatt Estabrooks, Richard Harris, Caitlin Hartlen, Alyssa Lewis Graham
Untitled: The Legacy of Land in North Preston 
Nova Scotia Community College

Alexander F. Quon 
Lindell Smith: The inside story of how he took Halifax Peninsula North in a landslide 
University of King's College, Halifax / The Signal

Consistent with information in the entry package instructions, judges had the discretion to name between one and five finalists in each award category. There were a total 276 entries for the 2016 awards program.

The Canadian Association of Journalists is a professional organization with about 600 members across Canada. The CAJ's primary roles are public-interest advocacy work and professional development for its members. | |


SOURCE Canadian Association of Journalists

For further information: Nick Taylor-Vaisey, CAJ president - 647-968-2393 cell,; Hugo Rodrigues, Awards committee chair -


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