...The Michener Awards Foundation honours, celebrates and promotes excellence in Canadian public service journalism.....Entries are judged particularly for their professionalism, their impact on the public, and the degree of arms-length public benefit that is generated....
Friday, April 20, 2012
The work of Mr. Kines, in the Victoria Times-Colonist, has been nominated for a Michener Award because:
...The Times Colonist in Victoria used its resources and expertise to expose a stealth policy by the B.C. government that forced people with developmental disabilities to move from group homes to cheaper accommodation. The newspaper’s sustained campaign – featuring many personal stories of developmentally disabled individuals and their families struggling with government cutbacks – spoke for the powerless and the voiceless. The coverage forced the province to change course and commit $40 million to improve services, demote the minister of social development and announce policy changes. As well, the CEO of Community Living BC resigned and an internal audit of its operations were ordered....
And, just in case you are not entirely familiar with them, the following are the criteria for being nominated:
Now, just in case you have forgotten, when Mr. Kines and other folks at the VT-C first started exposing the fact that the BC Liberal Government's 'Community Living British Columbia' was throwing our most vulnerable citizens out on the street for no good reason at all, the leader of said party, Ms. Christy Clark, accused the Opposition of playing 'games' when they raised this issue in the people's house.
Need a little more background and/or a memory jog?...You can find it here...
The accordion player extraordinare has much more....
Posted by RossK at Friday, April 20, 2012