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Secret Canada nominated for a National Newspaper Award

A copy of The Globe and Mail from June 10, 2023, sits on a doorstep. THE GLOBE AND MAIL
A copy of The Globe and Mail from June 10, 2023, sits on a doorstep. THE GLOBE AND MAIL

Break out the bubbly because Secret Canada has been nominated for Project of the Year at the National Newspaper Awards. The judges recognized both our old-school Globe investigation, which exposed all the ways in which public institutions routinely break freedom of information laws, as well as the creation of, our database of 300,000-plus FOI summaries, how-to guides and request templates. (In case anyone is counting – okay, we’re counting – people have used our templates/piggyback function nearly 20,000 times so far.)

This was a labour of love for the Secret Canada team and while no one gets into this business for awards, the acknowledgement is wonderful. We’re honoured to be highlighted alongside two other incredible projects: a La Presse investigation of the affordable housing crisis in Quebec and a probe from The Telegram, which looked into the horrific living conditions at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s.

If you’re interested in revisiting the investigative side of our Secret Canada project, here are some of our most impactful pieces that ran in The Globe and Mail.

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