CBC wins 6 CAJ awards

CBC has won six awards for excellence from the Canadian Association of Journalists, including an award to The Fifth Estate for its investigation into the death of Ashley Smith.

CBC has won six awards for excellence from the Canadian Association of Journalists, including an award  to TV news magazine The Fifth Estate for its investigation into the death of Ashley Smith.

Marie Caloz of The Fifth Estate won in the open television category for the report "Out of Control & Behind the Wall " which examines the prison treatment of the troubled N.B. teen. An inquest into Smith's death begins Monday.

A group of journalists from CBC's The National — Timothy Sawa, Angela Gilbert, Nicholas Stein and Diana Swain — won in the open category for their investigation "Big Tobacco and Canadian Warning Labels" which looked into why new warning labels were not being mandated for Canadian cigarette packages.

Other CBC winners announced Saturday in Ottawa:

  • John Lancaster and Nazim Baksh from CBC News in Toronto for "Death in a Community."
  • Scott Dippel of CBC News in Calgary for "Power, Parties and the Paranoia at ENMAX."
  • Maureen Matthews of CBC's Ideas radio show for "Wihtigo: Cree Ideas About Cannibals."
  • Dave Seglins, Julie Crysler and David Millan of CBC News for "Commander to Convict: The Russell Williams Story."

The CAJ's top award for investigative journalism in Canada, the Don McGillivray Award for Investigative Journalism, was presented to Steve Buist for Code Red, the veteran Hamilton Spectator reporter's series examining, diagnosing and proposing remedies for poverty in the city.

Other CAJ award winners are:

  • Photojournalism: Joe Bryksa, Winnipeg Free Press, "No Running Water."
  • Magazine: Alex Roslin, The Georgia Straight, "The Meat of the Matter."
  • Scoop: Bruce Cheadle and Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press, "The Pardon of Graham James."
  • Print: Robert Cribb, Toronto Star, "The Outsiders," about the politics of small-town hockey.

The CAJ awards recognize the best in investigative journalism across the country. CBC won more awards than any other news organization.