Congratulations to the 2017 CAJ Awards finalists!

OTTAWA, March 29, 2018 and April 2, 2018 /CNW/ – The Canadian Association of Journalists is pleased to announce the finalists for its annual awards for outstanding investigative journalism in Canada published or broadcast in 2017.

The recipients in each category will be announced May 5 at the CAJ Awards gala and conference banquet in Toronto, part of the #CAJ18 annual conference at the Hyatt Regency Toronto.

Delegates registering for the full conference (May 4-5) in most registration categories get a banquet ticket as part of their registration. Standalone tickets are also available at a cost of $69. Register and purchase tickets today via the conference registration page. Early bird rates for the conference run until April 27.

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

Please note the media outlet listed is where the finalist worked at the time the 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; for series or portfolios, the linked item is the first.

The finalists in the OPEN MEDIA category are:

Michele Jarvie

Can the Sad, Short Life of One Boy Save Others?

Calgary Herald

Charles Rusnell, Jennie Russell

Private Health, Public Risk?

CBC News Edmonton

Rachel Mendleson, Lynn McAuley, Jon Ohayon, Anne Marie Jackson, Tania Pereira, Brian Liu, Cameron Tulk, David Schnitman, Fadi Yaacoub, Andrew Bailey, Linda Guerriero, Lynette Fortune, Mark Kelley, Loretta Hicks, Hans Vanderzande, Jim Williamson, Julian Sher, John Chipman, Kathleen Goldhar, Elizabeth Hoath, Susan Ormiston

Motherisk investigation

CBC Radio – The Current, CBC The Fifth Estate, The Toronto Star

Andrew Duffy

Fire and Death in the Ottawa Valley

Ottawa Citizen

Laura Kane, Geordon Omand, Joanna Smith, Sidhartha Banerjee, Paola Loriggio, Lucas Timmons, Kevin Ward

Jordan Decision – One Year Later

The Canadian Press

The finalists in the COMMUNITY MEDIA category are:

Cullen Bird

Pipe Dreams

Fort McMurray Today

Michael Robinson

New Brunswick's Sidelined Ambulances

Telegraph-Journal, Saint John, N.B.

Jackie Jardine, Steve Goodwin, Heather Brimicombe

25 Years Westray

The Advocate, Pictou County, N.S.

Travis Lupick, Alexander Kim

Rising violence in Vancouver hospitals

The Georgia Straight / Cited Podcast

The finalists in the OPEN BROADCAST FEATURE category are:

Holly Moore

The cure was worse

APTN Investigates

Rob Smith

Killer Pain

APTN Investigates

Harvey Cashore, Kimberly Ivany, Gillian Findlay, Loretta Hicks, Frederic Zalac, Martyne Bourdeau

The Untouchables

CBC News: The Fifth Estate

Shiral Tobin, Johanna Wagstaffe, Polly Leger, Lee Rosevere

2050: Degrees of change

CBC News - Vancouver

Sam Fenn, Alexander B. Kim, Travis Lupick, Gordon Katic

The Heroin Clinic

Cited Podcast / The Georgia Straight

The finalists in the OPEN BROADCAST NEWS category are:

Kathleen Martens, Paul Barnsley, Holly Moore

Truth? Or reconciliation?

APTN Investigates

Nahlah Ayed, Stephanie Jenzer, Richard Devey

Rohingya Muslim Crisis

CBC News – The National

Margaret Evans, Lily Martin, Richard Devey

Mugabe - What Happened?

CBC News – The World this Weekend and The National

Patrick McGuire, Tania Natscheff, Michael Gruzuk, Ben Makuch, Mia Sheldon, Sofi Langis

The Soldiers of Odin: Inside Canada's Extremist Vigilante Group


The finalists in the COMMUNITY BROADCAST category are:

Dean Stoltz

Dying with Dignity

CHEK News, Victoria, B.C.

Abigail Bimman

Life in prison

CTV News Kitchener

The finalists in the CAJ DATA JOURNALISM AWARD are:

Francesca Fionda, Emma Jones, Caitlin Havlak, Katie Lewis, Rachel Nixon

In search of Canada's elusive shadow population

Discourse Media

Drake Fenton, Elizabeth Payne, Aedan Helmer

Ottawa long-term care

Ottawa Citizen

Robyn Doolittle, Michael Pereira, Jeremy Agius, Laura Blenkinsop


The Globe and Mail

Grant Robertson and Tom Cardoso

Easy Money - How regulators have allowed white-collar criminals to commit securities offences, make millions, escape with minimal punishment - and then do it all again

The Globe and Mail

Gordon Hoekstra

Political contributions & influence – BC

Vancouver Sun

The finalists in the ONLINE MEDIA category are:

Elizabeth Thompson

Aga Khan island that hosted Trudeau owned by company with offshore ties, records show

CBC News

Geoff Leo

The China Connection

CBC News Saskatchewan

Nicolas Mesly, Hugo Jolion-David

Quand l'agriculture tue

Huffington Post Quebec

Mike De Souza

Inside the National Energy Board

National Observer

The finalists in the PHOTOJOURNALISM category are:

Ed Ou

Portfolio drawn from Children of a Poisoned River

CBC News

Nick Iwanyshyn

2017 porfolio


Darryl Dyck

B.C. Wildfires portfolio

Freelancer / The Canadian Press

Steve Russell

2017 portfolio

Toronto Star

The finalists in the SCOOP category are:

Willow Fiddler, Kenneth Jackson

New Evidence: Tammy Keeash


Janice Johnston

'I'm the victim and ... I'm in shackles': The Angela Cardinal story

CBC News Edmonton

Erica Johnson, James Roberts, Amar Parmar, Dave Pizer, Karen Burgess

The Big Bank Upsell

CBC News Go Public

Steven Chase, Robert Fife

No blind trust for Morneau

The Globe and Mail

Grant Robertson

Tainted: They turned to cannabis for relief. But after getting sick, patients are fighting for answers

The Globe and Mail

The finalists in the DAILY EXCELLENCE category are:

Kenneth Jackson

Three First Nations girls died in Ontario group homes in last 6 months

APTN National News

Rebecca Collard

The fall of Kirkuk

Freelancer / CBC News

Carl Meyer

Grumblings become cheers as Trudeau names Mona Nemer as chief scientist

National Observer

Gordon Hoekstra

BC wildfires - Tl’etinqox First Nation is staying

Vancouver Sun

Jane Gerster

Board stacked against assisted dying

Winnipeg Free Press

The finalists in the TEXT FEATURE category are:

Lindsay Jones

What happened to Lionel Desmond? An Afghanistan veteran whose war wouldn't end

Freelancer / The Globe and Mail

Alison Motluk

Anatomy of a Surrogacy

Hazlitt Magazine

Michael Friscolanti

The Russian spies who raised us


Vito Pilieci

How solar-energy dreams became a nightmare for the small Ontario town of Blind River

Ottawa Citizen

Betty Ann Adam

How I lost my mother, found my family, recovered my identity

The StarPhoenix, Saskatoon, Sask.


Cullen Crozier

Against their will

APTN Investigates

Trina Roache

In the Shadow of the Dam

APTN Investigates

Joseph Loiero, Habiba Nosheen, Kimberly Ivany, Aileen McBride, Valerie Ouellet

Death Behind Bars

CBC News – The Fifth Estate

Adrienne Arsenault, Sylvia Thomson, Jean-François Bisson, Brenda Witmer, Andre Mayer

The short life and complicated death of Kristita Padual

CBC News – The National

Marc Ellison, Didier Kassai

House without windows

Freelancers / Huffington Post Canada


Willow Fiddler
Portfolio entry
APTN National News

Kyle Muzyka
Portfolio entry
CBC News Edmonton

Creeden Martell
Portfolio entry
CBC News Saskatchewan

Emilee Gilpin
Portfolio entry
National Observer


Kathleen Martens

Article 23

APTN Investigates

Mick Sweetman

The Second Crisis

Freelance / Briarpatch Magazine

Jacques Marcoux, Kristin Annable, Vera-Lynn Kubinec, Joanne Levasseur, Katie Nicholson

The Price of Death

CBC News

Tavia Grant, Laura Blenkinsop, Danielle Webb

Investigation: It can now be called the deadliest industry in Canada

The Globe and Mail

Sara Mojtehedzadeh, Brendan Kennedy, Randy Risling, Frances Kelly, Kevin Donovan, Natasha Grzincic, Cameron Tulk, David Schnitman, Erin Nespoli, Andy Bailey, Tania Pereira, Brian Liu

Undercover in Temp Nation

Toronto Star

The finalists in the APTN / CAJ RECONCILIATION AWARD are:

Piya Chattopadhyay, Brian Coulton, Debbie Pacheco, Lisa Bryn Rundle, Sam Colbert


CBC Radio – Out in the Open

Kristin Nelson, Josh Bloch, Kathleen Goldhar

I want to understand - Ottawa police sergeant openly apologizes for racist comments

CBC Radio – The Current

Amitha Kalaichandran, Chelsea Jane Edwards

A youth driven movement remakes Attawapiskat


Nancy Macdonald



Jon Thompson


TVO Northwestern Ontario Hub

The finalists in the STUDENT AWARD OF EXCELLENCE are:

Shrinkhala Dawadi, Julia Dick

‘It doesn't matter because it didn't happen on campus’

McGill Tribune / McGill University, Montreal, Que.

Ashley King, Karina Yaceyko

Fort McMurray Embers

Mount Royal University / Calgary Journal

Jolene Rudisuela, Amy Simpson, Lexi Wright

Closing Midfield

Mount Royal University / Calgary Journal

Seher Asaf, Francesca Bianco, Yusheng Cai, Taranjit Dhillon, Sophie Gray, Haley Lewis, Emma Loy, Holly McKenzie-Sutter, Alex Migdal, Sharon Nadeem, Andrew Seal, Anya Zoledziowski, Rohit Joseph, Jaione Belza Guede, Duncan McCue, Kathryn Gretsinger, Chantelle Bellrichard

Tém:éxw: Stories of Land

University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Vancouver, B.C.

Faisal Ali, Eleanor Davidson, Jessica Durling, Lexi Harrington, Madi Haslam, Caora McKenna, Alex Myrick, John Sandham, Matt Scrimshaw, Julianne Steeves, Menglu Xu


University of King’s College, Halifax, N.S. / The Signal / The Coast

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 284 entries for the 2017 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.

For further information:

Nick Taylor-Vaisey, CAJ president – 647-968-2393 cell, [email protected]

Hugo Rodrigues, Awards committee chair – hu[email protected] | |

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