CAJ finalists announced

The Canadian Association of Journalists has released the full list of finalists for its annual awards for outstanding investigative journalism in Canada. The winners in each category, plus the Don McGillivray Award for the best overall investigative report, will be announced May 14 at the annual CAJ awards banquet in Ottawa.

Here is a full list of finalists, according to the CAJ website:


Kim Bolan
A Killer Seeks Redemption
Vancouver Sun

Sherri Borden Colley
Unintentional Activist
Chronicle Herald (Halifax)

Robert Cribb
The Outsiders
Toronto Star

Open television (less than 5 minutes):

Nazim Baksh and John Lancaster
Driving Under the Influence
CBC News: Toronto

Gillian Findlay, Lucy Lopez, Angela Gilbert, Nazim Baksh, Bill Gillespie
Pakistan International Airline Threat
CBC News: The National

Timothy Sawa, Angela Gilbert, Nicholas Stein, Diana Swain
Big Tobacco and Canadian Warning Labels
CBC News: The National

Diana Swain, Nicole Rogers, Carmen Merrifield
Child Prisoners of War
CBC News: The National

Kathy Tomlinson
Justice Denied
CBC News: Vancouver

Open newspaper:

Dale Brazao and Moira Welsh
Retirement Home Squalor: How Can This Happen?
Toronto Star

David Bruser, Andrew Bailey, Michele Henry
Above the Law
Toronto Star

Steve Buist
Code Red
The Hamilton Spectator

Helen Fallding
No Running Water
Winnipeg Free Press

Colin Perkel
One Bomb, Many Lives
The Canadian Press

Community newspaper:

Steve Bonspiel
Mohawk council Turns up Heat on Non-Natives
The Eastern Door

Elliot Ferguson
Rebuilding Haiti
Woodstock Sentinel-Review

Cam Fortems
Mike Rink Story
Kamloops Daily News

Gagandeep Ghuman
Playing with Fire
The Squamish Reporter

Gordon Hoekstra
Metis Property Sale and Offers
Prince George Citizen

Open television (greater than 5 minutes):

Lynn Burgess
Getting Away with Murder
CBC News: The National

Marie Caloz
Out of Control & Behind the Wall
CBC News: The fifth estate

John Kastner
Life With Murder
CTV/JS Kastner Productions

Emmanuel Marchand, Alain Gravel, Daniel Tremblay
Construction Mafia

Alex Shprintsen and Frederic Zalac
Dead Tired
CBC News: The National

Regional television:

Susana DaSilva, Lisa Johnson, Stephen Smart, Paisley Woodward
Appetite for Safety
CBC News: Vancouver

Deanne Fleet
The Winter Commission
CBC News: Newfoundland and Labrador

Alex Freedman and Vera-Lynn Kubinec
Photocopier Privacy
CBC News: Manitoba

Chris Goldrick and Simon Gardner
Contractor Investigation
CBC News: Ottawa

John Lancaster and Nazim Baksh
Death in a Community
CBC News: Toronto

Radio news/current affairs:

Scott Dippel
Power, Parties and the Paranoia at ENMAX
CBC Radio News – Calgary

Gino Harel
Culture 420

Robert Jones
Stalled Review
CBC Radio – New Brunswick

Maureen Matthews
Wihtigo: Cree Ideas About Cannibalism
CBC Radio – Ideas

Curt Petrovich
Fake Jobs, Failed Dreams
CBC News: The World at Six

The winners in the CAJ/Marketwire computer-assisted reporting (CAR) category are:

Jeff Outhit and Cherri Greeno
Calls of Duty
The Record


Joe Bryksa
No Running Water
Winnipeg Free Press

Peter Power
Photojournalism Portfolio
The Globe and Mail

Louie Palu
The Cost of War
Zuma Press


Alex Roslin
The Meat of the Matter
The Georgia Straight

Cecil Rosner
Canada’s History Magazine

Facts and spirituality:

Bob Keating
Those Who Trespass Against Us
CBC Radio, Nelson

Maureen Matthews
Wihtigo: Cree Ideas About Cannibals
CBC Radio – Ideas

Karen Pauls
Uncovering Hidden Graves
CBC News: The World at Six

Robert Sibley
Reborn From the Belly of the Earth
The Ottawa Citizen

Tiar Wilson
Big Dam
APTN National News


Bruce Cheadle and Jim Bronskill
The Pardon of Graham James
The Canadian Press

Steven Edwards
Secret Khadr Plea Deal Revealed
Postmedia Network

Lindsay Kines and Les Leyne
The Pickton Report
Times Colonist

Margaret Munro
Ottawa’s Media Rules Muzzling Federal Scientists
Postmedia News

Nicholas Stein, Diana Swain, Anita Mielewczyk
Accused Ponzi Schemer Won’t be Prosecuted
CBC News: The National

Daily excellence:

Larissa Burnouf
First Nations University Crisis

Lisa Laflamme
G20: Weekend of Mayhem
CTV National News

Lee Pitts
Hurricane Igor
CBC News: Here and Now

Dave Seglins, Julie Crysler and David Mullan
Commander to Convict: The Russell Williams Story
CBC News: The World at Six

Connie Watson
Capsized School Ship: Survivor Stories
CBC News: The World This Weekend

CAJ/CNW Student Award of Excellence are:

Dylan C. Robertson
Sweeping changes proposed for A&S
University of Toronto

Aly Thomson, Jonathan Charlton, Geoff Davies, Casey Dorrell, Mike Gorman, Alan Hale, Kathleen Hunter, Jessica Ilse, Laura MacKenzie, Adam Miller, Jennifer Pawluck, Vincenzo Ravina, Lucy Scholey, Kyle Wells and James Whitehead
Terminal Disease
University of King’s College Investigative Workshop

Stuart Thomson and Laura Osman
Heron Gate residents plead for help
Algonquin College