The Globe wins B.C. awards for sto­ries on pipe­line, opi­oids

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The Globe and Mail has won two Jack Web­ster Awards, which rec­og­nize ex­cel­lence in jour­nal­ism in Bri­tish Columbia, for the news­pa­per’s work on the opi­oid cri­sis and the pos­si­ble ex­pan­sion of Kinder Mor­gan’s Trans Moun­tain pipe­line.

The Globe tied for the most awards with The Van­cou­ver Sun, the CBC and The Ge­or­gia Straight.

The B.C. bu­reau’s Cheque Day project won for best break­ing news re­port­ing – print. Globe jour­nal­ists spent 24 hours on the streets of Van­cou­ver’s Down­town East­side to get a first-hand look at the fen­tanyl over­dose epi­demic on Cheque Day – the day each month when in­come-as­sis­tance cheques are handed out.

Jour­nal­ists who took part in the project in­clude An­drea Woo, Sunny Dhillon, Wendy Stueck, Mike Hager, Mark Hume, Ian Bai­ley, Ben Nelms, Rafal Ger­szak, James Keller and Luiz Lopes.

The Globe also won the Jack Web­ster Award for Ex­cel­lence in Dig­i­tal Jour­nal­ism for Weigh An­chor, an ex­plo­ration by Jus­tine Hunter, Jimmy Jeong and My­chaylo Prys­tupa of what the ex­pan­sion of Kinder Mor­gan’s Trans Moun­tain pipe­line would mean for Van­cou­ver and Bri­tish Columbia. Last week, the project won the Ex­plana­tory Re­port­ing cat­e­gory in the in­ter­na­tional On­line Jour­nal­ism Awards.

“In­ves­ti­gat­ing the na­tional opi­oid epi­demic and ex­plain­ing poli­cies that will de­cide our en­vi­ron­men­tal fu­ture are cen­tral to our role. We are de­lighted to re­ceive th­ese recog­ni­tions,” The Globe edi­tor-in-chief David Walm­s­ley said.

The Globe’s cov­er­age of B.C.’s cam­paign-fi­nance laws was also nom­i­nated in the break­ing-news cat­e­gory. The news­pa­per’s re­port­ing showed there are few lim­its on po­lit­i­cal fundrais­ing in the prov­ince. Kathy Tom­lin­son, Gary Ma­son and Jus­tine Hunter were the Globe jour­nal­ists named in that en­try.

Ms. Tom­lin­son was also nom­i­nated in the busi­ness cat­e­gory for her look at the pur­chase of B.C. farm­land by in­vestors and spec­u­la­tors. Her in­ves­ti­ga­tion found that in­vestors and spec­u­la­tors are buy­ing up prime agri­cul­tural land, in­clud­ing ar­eas in the pro­tected Agri­cul­tural Land Re­serve, while tak­ing ad­van­tage of tax loop­holes in­tended for farm­ers.

The Globe has won mul­ti­ple Web­ster awards in the past two years. Pre­sented by the Jack Web­ster Foun­da­tion, the awards rec­og­nize the work of B.C.-based jour­nal­ists in print, ra­dio, tele­vi­sion and on­line.

Fifteen awards were pre­sented at the 31st an­nual Jack Web­ster Awards in Van­cou­ver on Thurs­day.

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