OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail has won the 2017 Michener Award for its massive investigation into the systematic mismanagement of sexual assault cases by Canadian police forces.
The revelations in the "Unfounded" series led to the reopening of more than 400 sexual assault cases, changes in police policy and practices, and $100 million to combat gender-based violence.
Gov. Gen. Julie Payette presented the Michener Award trophy to the Globe and Mail in a ceremony Tuesday at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.
Michener Citations of Merit were presented to other entries from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Edmonton, Cogeco Media, Global News, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and Vancouver Sun.
Payette also presented the 2018 Michener-Deacon Fellowship for Investigative Journalism to print journalist Annie Burns-Pieper who will look into how Global Affairs Canada deals with Canadians abroad who run into trouble.
The 2018 Michener-Deacon Fellowship for Journalism Education went to Tamara Baluja to develop a workshop to teach journalism students the fundamentals of social media platforms.
The Michener Award, founded in 1970 by late former governor general Roland Michener, honours excellence in public service journalism.
The Canadian Press