CBC captures 5 Canadian Association of Journalists awards

CBC journalists were honoured with five CAJ awards at the 2013 Canadian Association of Journalists gala on Saturday night in Vancouver.

Special reports include Alberta floods, Bangladesh clothing factories, RBC foreign workers

CBC journalists were honoured with Canadian Association of Journalists awards on Saturday night during a gala in Vancouver, winning in five categories.

Here is a list of the CBC winners for the 2013 awards:

  • The team of Amber Hildebrandt, Michael Pereira, Ian Johnson, Eric Foss and Joanne Levasseur won in the Online Media category for their investigation into pipeline safety.
  • Mark Ross from CBC News Network won in the Daily Excellence category for coverage of the Alberta floods.
  • Garth Mullins, Lisa Hale and Yvonne Gall from CBC Radio One's Ideas won in the Open Broadcast Feature category for The Imaginary Albino.
  • For the CWA Canada/CAJ Award For Labour reporting, two entries shared the award — Kathy Tomlinson and Raj Ahluwalia from CBC's The National for their RBC foreign workers story; and Krystle Alarcon from The Tyee for Canada's Temporary Foreign Workers Controversy: Years in the Making.
  • The JHR/CAJ Award for Human Rights ‎went to CBC's the fifth estate — Mark Kelley, Lysanne Louter, Tarannum Kamlani and Aileen McBride — for Made in Bangladesh.’s pipeline safety project featured an interactive map, using National Energy Board data, revealing pipeline accidents in communities across Canada over the past decade.

The project also showed Canada’s pipeline regulators lag in transparency behind their counterparts in the United States, where citizens can get detailed information on everything from a company’s safety record to maps of pipeline locations.

Kathy Tomlinson worked with Raj Ahluwalia on the award-winning story about how RBC displaced Canadian workers to use temporary foreign workers. (Tamsyn Burgmann/Canadian Press)

CBC News Network kept Canadians informed on the flooding that overwhelmed vast areas of southern Alberta last June and ended up being the costliest natural disaster in the country's recorded history. Four people died and 100,000 were forced from their homes during the disaster.

For The Imaginary Albino, sociologist Garth Mullins, who has albinism, sets out to understand the stereotypes and gruesome superstitions experienced by those who have the congenital lack of pigmentation in the eyes, skin and hair. In this documentary, he says albinism means never fitting in and always standing out as people point, stare and comment.

The fifth estate, in its episode called Made in Bangladesh, focuses on the people who make a lot of our clothes. It was produced after more than 1,000 clothing factory workers died in April 2013 when Dhaka's Rana Plaza collapsed.

Mark Kelley travelled to Bangladesh and tracked down workers who said they are still forced to make clothes for Canada in dangerous situations. Kelley also talked to the jailed owner of the factory that came crashing down.

The Royal Bank of Canada faced a public backlash following CBC's exclusive that revealed the bank is bringing in temporary foreign workers to replace Canadian employees. RBC ended up issuing an apology to workers affected by the outsourcing and promised to find other jobs within the bank for the 45 workers who had been displaced by foreign workers.