Advocacy

We speak on behalf of journalists, and in their interest, on matters including source protection, freedom of information and access to information, public disclosure, and diversity of voices. We speak in support of the highest-quality journalism.

Learn more about our advocacy efforts by reading the news releases at caj.ca and following the links below.

New award for Indigenous journalists

OTTAWA, Nov. 17, 2017 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists and JHR are pleased to announce a new journalism award: the JHR / CAJ Emerging Indigenous Journalist Award. This new award will join the 14 other categories within the annual CAJ Awards program starting this year. Entries ...

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In the Field: Travis Lupick

 The Downtown Eastside is arguably the country’s most visible example of the human cost of Canada’s opioid abuse. Travis Lupick explains how he teamed up with Amanda Seibert to take readers and viewers to the streets to tell the story of an embattled community struggling to help &nd...

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In The Field: Grant Robertson

"The boxes of long-forgotten files, including transcripts and statements of claim dating back to the early 1990s, related to a series of patent fights between Purdue and some of Canada’s biggest drug companies. " Grant Robertson explains how he and colleague Karen Howlett&...

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CAJ remarks at committee on Bill C-58

CAJ President Nick Taylor-Vaisey appeared at a meeting of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics on Oct. 25. The committee is studying Bill C-58, which would amend the federal Access to Information Act. These were his opening remarks: Thank you for invi...

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Canada's most secretive local government agency: Toronto Hydro

TORONTO / Oct. 24 / CNW — Toronto Hydro is the 2017 recipient of the Code of Silence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Secrecy in the category of local government departments and agencies. The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ), Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson Unive...

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Canada's most secretive federal department: The Treasury Board of Canada

Canada's most secretive federal department: The Treasury Board of Canada OTTAWA / Oct. 18 / CNW — Ottawa's point-man on access-to-information reform, Treasury Board President Scott Brison, is this year's first recipient of the Code of Silence Award for outstanding achievement in governme...

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In The Field: Karen Howlett

Karen Howlett explains how a team of Globe and Mail journalists attempted to trace the deadly path of fentanyl from supplier to consumer— a search that would produce troubling questions about the ability of governments to get a handle on this national crisis. ...

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Changes to Media magazine: A letter from David McKie

The CAJ is excited to launch a new "In the Field" digital series which will formally replace our longest running publication, Media magazine. Below, Media magazine editor and data-journalist extraordinaire, David McKie talks about the changes.  Flipping through pas...

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CAJ applauds passage of press shield law

OTTAWA, Oct. 5, 2017 — The Canadian Association of Journalists is pleased that Parliament is set to pass Bill S-231, which strengthens protections for confidential sources of journalists. The Journalistic Sources Protection Act passed third reading at the end of September, and is expected to r...

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CAJ statement on Rebel Media

OTTAWA, Aug. 23, 2017 — Rebel Media’s conduct at Charlottesville protests and accusations of impropriety leveled at the organization from former employees have both raised questions about Rebel’s legitimacy as a news outlet, and reignited a debate about what counts as journalism in...

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