Labour Reporting Award finalists reveal wide range of workplace woes


Screen capture: Briarpatch magazine

UPDATE:  May 5, 2018 — The CWA Canada / CAJ Labour Reporting Award went to Toronto Star team for Undercover in Temp Nation


From trauma on the front lines of the opioid epidemic to tragedies on the high seas, this year’s finalists for the CWA Canada / CAJ Award for Labour Reporting explore a host of issues in the world of work.

The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) will announce the winners of its annual awards for outstanding journalism at its gala in Toronto on May 5. Many CWA Canada members at APTN, The Canadian Press, CBC, The Ottawa Citizen, Telegraph-Journal, TVO, and VICE News are among the award finalists.

(CWA Canada members are entitled to a 20-per-cent discount off the registration fee for the May 4-5 CAJ national conference. Just mention that you are a member to get the discount. Early-bird rates for the conference are available until April 27.)

Finalists for the $1,000 Labour Reporting Award include:

  • Kathleen Martens; APTN Investigates; for Article 23. (In Iqaluit, Nunavut, colonization imposed a very different kind of work day; hiring for local jobs leaves Inuit behind.)
  • Mick Sweetman; (freelance) Briarpatch Magazine; for The Second Crisis. (Trauma and burnout are rife among workers on the front lines of the opioid crisis.)
  • Jacques Marcoux, Kristin Annable, Vera-Lynn Kubinec, Joanne Levasseur, Katie Nicholson; CBC News; for The Price of Death. (A look at seven Canadians who died at work and the families wondering whether justice was served.)
  • Tavia Grant; The Globe and Mail; for Investigation: It Can Now Be Called the Deadliest Industry in Canada. (Fishing has the highest fatality rate of any employment sector in Canada.)
  • Sara Mojtehedzadeh, Brendan Kennedy, Randy Risling, Frances Kelly, Kevin Donovan, Natasha Grzincic, Cameron Tulk, David Schnitman, Erin Nespoli, Andy Bailey, Tania Pereira, Brian Liu; Toronto Star; for Undercover in Temp Nation. (Temporary employment agencies put people into jobs with low pay and little training for sometimes dangerous work.)

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