2022 Winners and Finalists
Arts and Entertainment
WINNER: Charles-Éric Blais-Poulin and Marissa Groguhé, La Presse, for their story on a wave of suicides in the performing arts community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Susan Krashinsky Robertson, Globe and Mail, for an immersive feature on Karen Kain’s final staging of Swan Lake, this time from the director’s chair.
Eva Wasney, Winnipeg Free Press, for an in-depth profile of Anishinaabe graphic designer and visual artist Jordan Stranger.
Joan Hollobon Award for Beat Reporting
WINNER: Sean Fine, Globe and Mail, for his coverage of the Supreme Court of Canada, delving into its history, political leanings and the impact of its judgements.
- Canada’s Supreme Court is off balance as ‘large and liberal’ consensus on the charter falls apart
- Supreme Court of Canada backs victims in 24 sex-assualt cases in a row
- Supreme Court of Canada unanimously strikes down life without parole for mass murderers
- Canada’s charter turned 40 on Sunday – and it’s still as radical and enigmatic as it was in 1982
Katia Gagnon, La Presse, for in-depth coverage of a failing youth protection system in Quebec and how recommendations from a commission of inquiry have yet to be addressed, leaving society’s most vulnerable at risk.
Caroline Touzin, La Presse, for on-the-ground reporting on health and social services, highlighting the trauma in under-resourced Montreal hospitals coping with deadly gang violence and the rise in child abuse during the pandemic.
Stuart M. Robertson Award for Breaking News
WINNER: Saskatoon Star Phoenix and Regina Leader-Post, for their reporting on one of Canada’s largest mass killings as it was unfolding in James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon, Sask.
- ‘It is horrific what has occurred’: 10 dead, at least 15 injured in Saskatchewan stabbings
- Manhunt for stabbing spree suspect continues after brother found dead
- Support pours in for communities affected by Sask. mass stabbing attack
- At least one suspect in Sask. stabbings known to police
- Sunday’s tragedy deadliest spree killing in modern Sask. history
- ‘She died helping people’: Sask. communities seek answers after stabbing attacks
- Tip going stale: Police believe stabbing spree suspect still in Regina as of Monday
Canadian Press, for coverage of the Freedom Convoy over the 36-hour period after the first trucks arrived in Ottawa.
- Convoy rolling into Ottawa is about more than just vaccine mandates for truckers
- Trudeau concerned trucker convoy converging on Parliament Hill could turn violent
- Thousands gather on Parliament hill for massive protest against vaccine mandates
- Officials decry ‘desecration’ of monuments during Ottawa protest
- Convoys against mandates in other Canadian cities support of Ottawa truck protest
- The latest developments on Saturday’s planned protest by truckers of COVID-19 restrictions and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government.
Daniel Renaud, Alice Girard-Bossé, Henri Ouellette-Vézina and Isabelle Ducas, La Presse, for coverage of the shocking arrests of three high school basketball coaches accused of sex crimes.
Breaking News Photo
WINNER: Steve Russell, Toronto Star, for a photo of a confrontation between police and Freedom Convoy protesters on Parliament Hill.
Michelle Berg, Saskatoon Star Phoenix, for a chilling image of a man staring directly at the camera while being arrested.
Anton Skyba, Globe and Mail, for his photo of a young girl standing in front of the remnants of an apartment building destroyed during the first night of the war in Ukraine.
WINNER: Niall McGee, Globe and Mail, for exclusive reporting on Canada’s critical minerals vulnerabilities against an ever-more-powerful China.
- Canada set to ramp up protectionism against China in critical minerals amid domination by Asian superpower in key metals for clean energy transition
- China has encroached on Canada’s critical minerals industry, with almost no obstruction from Ottawa
- Canada is playing catch-up in global frenzy for lithium, as China’s grip on critical clean energy mineral tightens
Greg McArthur and Andrew Willis, Globe and Mail, for their work on the problematic (and short-lived) appointment of Heather Zordel as chair of the Ontario Securities Commission.
Marco Chown Oved, Toronto Star, for exposing the hidden cost of food inflation at supermarkets: corporate greed.
Mary Ann Shadd Cary Award for Columns
WINNER: Isabelle Hachey, La Presse, for columns on reporting in Ukraine, Quebec laws that can give rapists parental rights over children born of their crime, and the husband of an Indigenous woman who died in hospital under the racist insults of caregivers.
Melissa Martin, Winnipeg Free Press, for columns ranging from global issues (the plight of Ukrainian refugees) to local (accessibility problems in Winnipeg) to personal (the appeal of medical mis-information when facing the death of a loved one).
Claude Ryan Award for Editorial Writing
WINNER: Stéphanie Grammond, La Presse, for her editorials on the war in Ukraine, the proposed design of an automated light rail network in Montreal, and protection of the French language.
Peter Scowen, Globe and Mail, for editorials on the rise of “unserious politicians”, premiers who put populist policies over Canada’s values, and liberal democracy.
WINNER: Kathryn Blaze Baum, Globe and Mail, for laying out the devastating effects of rising temperatures, brought on by climate change, on the human body.
Tyler Olsen, Fraser Valley Current, for an explanatory story on the geographical and political factors that make the Nooksack River, flowing entirely through the United States, such a threat to people living in Sumas Prairie in southwestern B.C..
WINNER: Leah Hennel, Globe and Mail, for her photo of a young Indigenous girl skateboarding in a ribbon skirt at a park in Lethbridge, Alta.
Mike Deal, Winnipeg Free Press, for his image of a person lying on a bench beside a bus shelter, which a city councillor proposed to dismantle to stop homeless people from gathering.
Steve Russell, Toronto Star, for a photo of a child leaping while a father laments a lack of daycare benefits.
General News Photo
WINNER: Robert Skinner, La Presse, for a photo of a young homeless man hospitalized in a COVID unit who was fit enough to do cartwheels.
Nathan Denette, Canadian Press, for a photo of Pope Francis apologizing to Indigenous elders and survivors of residential schools.
Dustin Patar, Canadian Press, for an image of people in Iqaluit collecting water through holes carved in the ice of a river.
Norman Webster Award for International Reporting
Mark MacKinnon, Globe and Mail, for ongoing coverage of the war in Ukraine.
Allan Woods, Toronto Star, for coverage from Russia of the lead-up to the war in Ukraine and Russian reaction to the invasion.
George Brown Award for Investigations
WINNER: Kelly Grant, Globe and Mail, for her investigation into a tuberculosis outbreak in Pangnirtung, Nunavut.
- In Nunavut, medical staff saw signs of a devastating TB outbreak. The government didn’t
- Inuit group presses Nunavut government for transparency after major tuberculosis outbreak
- Federal minister urges Nunavut to sign long-delayed tuberculosis plan
- Nunavut commits to greater transparency on tuberculosis outbreaks, but won’t make figures public
- Tuberculosis cases more than doubled in Nunavut in 2021
- Nunavut declines to release detailed tuberculosis statistics despite calls for more transparency
- Tuberculosis in Canada? The story behind a recent outbreak
- Nunavut’s tuberculosis outbreak continues after more than 20 new cases identified in Pangnirtung
Isabelle Hachey and Marie-Ève Tremblay, La Presse, for re-visiting the #MeToo allegations that took down comedian Julien Lacroix in July 2020.
Noor Javed, Brendan Kennedy, Jesse McLean and Emma McIntosh, Toronto Star and The Narwhal, for their investigation of Ontario’s decision to remove parcels of land from the Greenbelt, why the parcels were selected, and who had the most to gain.
- They recently bought Greenbelt land that was undevelopable. Now the Ford government is poised to remove protections — and these developers stand to profit
- Doug Ford’s plan to suddenly add this small town into the Greenbelt puzzles critics and residents
- Highway 413 route threatens 11 at-risk species, provincial government documents reveal
- Sprawl, highways and gravel pits: ‘Where I live, the Greenbelt is broken’
- Doug Ford’s government picked a route for Highway 413 its own experts said would ‘undermine the credibility’ of the project. Local residents are baffled
- Thousands have opposed the Greenbelt development. But it’s the infrastructure issues that could delay builders
- Doug Ford government ignored Greenbelt expansion consultations, say critics
E. Cora Hind Award for Local Reporting
WINNER: Juanita Mercer, St. John’s Telegram, for shining a light on the gender pay gap in Newfoundland and Labrador, one of the worst in Canada.
Anne-Lovely Etienne and Camille Dauphinais-Pelletier , 24 Heures, for an investigation into racist behaviour directed at health-care workers at CLSC de Montréal-Nord.
Stefan Labbé and Pippa Norman, Glacier Media, for a data-driven series on vehicle emissions and the effectiveness of B.C.’s climate policies.
William Southam Award for Long Feature
WINNER: Emma Gilchrist, Globe and Mail, for her first-person feature on the harrowing and heartbreaking reality of terminating a pregnancy for medical reasons.
Susan Clairmont, Hamilton Spectator, for a feature on the suicide of a 12-year-old girl who had been bullied for years.
Jana G. Pruden, Globe and Mail, for her in-depth feature on Helen Naslund, who was sentenced to 18 years in jail for killing her abusive husband.
John Wesley Dafoe Award for Politics
WINNER: Bill Curry and Mahima Singh, Globe and Mail, for exposing major transparency and accountability gaps related to billions of dollars spent each year through federal outsourcing.
Justin Ling, Toronto Star, for his feature on the years-long making of the “Freedom Convoy” protest and organizers’ links to conspiracy theories and anti-government ideologies.
WINNER: Christopher Manza, Globe and Mail, for a portfolio of multimedia stories on figure skater Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier, Indonesia’s plan to relocate its capital city, and drought across the Horn of Africa.
Carol Linnitt, Arik Ligeti, Ashley Tam, Shawn Parkinson and Jimmy Thomson, The Narwhal, for an interactive, multimedia feature on how Indigenous guardians are reestablishing sovereignty and stewardship of traditional territories.
Sandrine Vieira, Cédric Gagnon and Antoine Noreau, Le Devoir, for an interactive feature on species at risk in Quebec, featuring photos, graphics, illustrations, maps and more.
John Honderich Award for Project of the Year
WINNER: Rachel Mendleson and Steve Buist, TorStar, for a national investigation on the systemic and growing problem of serious Charter violations.
- Rights Wronged
- Illegal strip searches. Mishandled evidence. Slapdash raids. How nine Canadian police forces continued flouting the law despite judges’ warnings
- How Torstar found 600 cases of police violating fundamental rights when no one is tracking this national problem
- Unjust invasions happening across Canada as police mislead courts, bungle warrants and violate suspects’ rights
- Toronto police reviewing officers’ conduct in nearly 100 cases following Torstar investigation into Charter violations
Molly Hayes, Elizabeth Renzetti and Tavia Grant, Globe and Mail, for their solutions-based series on intimate partner violence.
- Coercive control can be a life or death issue in relationships. But few people even know how to recognize it
- What is coercive control? Why understanding the warning signs is key to preventing intimate partner violence
- Putting a name to the hidden pattern behind domestic abuse
- Overwhelmed and underfunded, women’s shelters say without overhauling the system, they risk turning away more survivors
- To end violence against women, Canada needs to focus on men
- Where is Canada’s national action plan to end gender-based violence?
- Many women who suffer from intimate partner violence don’t trust the police. Why are they the default response?
- One-size-fits-all program for domestic violence offenders fails survivors, experts say
- What should Canada do about intimate partner violence? Five solutions from five survivors
- How does intimate partner violence affect women’s brains? Scientists, social workers advocate for more research
- A mother’s anguish sparks push to train judges on intimate partner violence
Gordon Hoekstra, Glenda Luymes and Nathan Griffiths, The Vancouver Sun/The Province, for a data-driven investigation into the readiness of B.C. communities for a world of increasing fires and floods.
Bob Levin Award for Short Feature
WINNER: Rosalyn Roy, National Post, for her first-person piece from Port aux Basques, Nfld. as parts of the town were destroyed by Hurricane Fiona.
Maria Iqbal, Toronto Star, for her story on the one food item that actually became less expensive in Canada last year: the potato.
Patrick White, Globe and Mail, for his feature on a book club at a federal prison near Kingston, Ont.
Special Topic: Indigenous Issues-Climate Change
WINNER: Gordon Hoekstra, Glenda Luymes and Nathan Griffiths, The Vancouver Sun/The Province, for their data-driven investigation into the readiness of B.C. communities for a world of increasing fires and floods.
- We’re not prepared when extreme wildfires, flooding hit B.C. Here’s why.
- Fire & Flood, Facing Two Extremes: Not keeping up is catching up with B.C.
- Fire & Flood, Facing Two Extremes: Spend now or future wildfires will be far worse in B.C.
- Fire & Flood, Facing Two Extremes: B.C. First Nations fight for a seat at the planning table
- Fire & Flood, Facing Two Extremes: Why B.C. can’t always build its way out of risks
- Premier David Eby creates new ministry to make sure B.C. is ‘ready to go’ for next disaster
- B.C. launches strategy to protect communities from climate change, critics say more work needed
- UBCM delegates call on province to take back responsibility for dikes, ‘significantly’ increase flood protection funding
- B.C. floods: One year after disaster and there is ‘no money to prevent the train wreck’ that’s coming
- Long road home: Frustration in Lytton one year after devastating fire
The Narwhal, for their integrated coverage of Indigenous issues and climate change and the impact of Indigenous Guardian programs.
- The frontline of conservation: how Indigenous guardians are reinforcing sovereignty and science on their lands.
- A Saskatchewan Métis community wants to save its land. Dealing with government? ‘Like talking to a wall’
- ‘We are inseparable from our land’: Gitxsan Nation house group declares 170,000 hectares of territory protected
- Ontario is resisting Canada’s plans for Indigenous-led conservation areas
- Inside a 50-year journey to reopen the ‘lungs’ of the Squamish river
- The Mamalikikulla’s long journey home
- Indigenous guardian program brings hope, sovereignty to Manitoba’s last undammed river
- The promise and peril of Canada’s approach to Indigenous protected areas
Julia-Simone Rutgers, The Winnipeg Free Press and The Narwhal, for her stories on the everyday impact of climate change on the citizens of Manitoba and, in particular, Winnipeg.
WINNER: Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail, for his three-part series on Hockey Canada’s finances, the National Equity Fund, and the connection between player fees and sexual assault.
Lori Ewing, Canadian Press, for her persistent coverage of athlete protests against maltreatment and the safe sport crisis in Canada.
Cathal Kelly, Globe and Mail, for columns on the Maple Leafs honouring Borje Salming just weeks before he died of ALS, the retirement of Serena Williams, and Alphonso Davies lifting Canada’s men’s soccer team to the world stage.
WINNER: Frank Gunn, Canadian Press, for capturing a collision between Toronto Blue Jays’ shortstop Bo Bichette and centre fielder George Springer.
Frank Gunn, Canadian Press, for a photo of a skier flying down Lake Louise on her way to winning a FIS World Cup downhill title.
Tim Krochak, Halifax Chronicle Herald, for an overhead image, captured from an ultralight drone, of the start of a race at the Canadian Canoe Kayak sprint trials.
Sustained News Coverage
WINNER: Vincent Larouche, La Presse, for ongoing coverage of a secret criminal trial deemed “incompatible with the values of a liberal democracy” by the Quebec Court of Appeal.
- La Couronne a eu des contacts étroits avec le ministre Lametti
- Le procès secret piloté par la couronne fédérale et la GRC
- Jugé dans un secret total
- Le patron des procureurs nie avoir autorisé un procès secret
- Des procureurs comparaîtront le visage caché
- Les procureurs fédéraux font volte-face
- Un front commun de médias engage des procédures judiciaires
- Un juge qui demande de taire son nom, « ça nous inquiète », plaident les médias
Sebastian Bron and Katrina Clarke, Hamilton Spectator, for their change-making series of stories prompted by a privacy breach at a Hamilton hospital.
- Son wants answers after St. Joe’s staffer snoops into late mom’s hospital records
- Why did a St. Joe’s staff member snoop into the files of a dead mother and a baby boy who are unrelated but share a last name?
- St. Joe’s fires employee who snooped into medical records of 49 patients ‘out of curiosity’
- St. Joe’s reported more than 2,000 privacy breaches since 2018 — the second most in Ontario
- Depth of file snooping by fired St. Joe’s worker a ‘serious breach of medical ethics’: expert
- St. Joe’s contacting 230 patients whose health records were faxed to wrong people
Grant Robertson, Robyn Doolittle, Joe Friesen, Colin Freeze and Susan Krashinsky Robertson, Globe and Mail, for exclusive, high-impact coverage of Hockey Canada as it responded to rape allegations against players.
- Hockey Canada used player fees to build a second fund for sexual assault claims
- Court filing reveals new details about alleged Hockey Canada group sexual assault
- Woman at centre of Hockey Canada scandal breaks silence
- Canadian world junior player asked woman whether she had gone to police after alleged sexual assault
- London police reopen investigation in alleged sexual assault involving members of 2018 world junior hockey team
- Hockey Canada scored poorly in governance review before sexual-assault settlement controversy
- Bauer drops out as equipment supplier for Hockey Canada men’s program, pushes for leadership change
- Hockey Canada needs new leadership, treated sexual assault as an ‘insurance problem,’ says minister of sport
WINNER: Room Up Front, for a volunteer-run initiative that seeks to combat long-standing inequality in the Canadian photojournalism community through identifying young, BIPOC talent and providing them with training, guidance and support.