Long Feature: Jim Coyle, Toronto Star, for “The Wreck I Was,” a searing first-person account of an alcoholic’s descent into booze and hard-won recovery; Don Gillmor, Toronto Star, for “Losing David,” an intensely personal story about coming to grips with the suicide of a loved one; Jon Wells, Hamilton Spectator, for “Life and Death in the ICU,” a feature that took readers into the heart of one of Canada’s busiest intensive-care units for trauma, cardiac and neurological treatment.
Multimedia Feature: Montreal La Presse team for “Ces Routes Qui Tuent,” about the troubling and often fatal impact of unsafe roads in Quebec; Craig Pearson, Trevor Wilhelm and Dan Janisse, Windsor Star, for “The Way of the Gun,” about a police operation that brought down a gun smuggling ring; Toronto Star team for “Known to Police,” about the intersection of policing practices and race in Canada’s biggest city.
News Feature Photo: Moe Doiron, Globe and Mail, for a picture of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford sitting alone in council chambers, wearing a Toronto Argonauts jersey; Frank Gunn, The Canadian Press, for a shot of a woman diving head-first through the passenger seat window into her car on a flooded Toronto street; Steve Russell, Toronto Star, for an image of two couples enjoying Toronto’s Gay Pride parade from a vantage point above street level.
News Photo: Shaughn Butts, Edmonton Journal, for an image of an unconscious young victim being carried from a fire; Lucas Oleniuk, Toronto Star, for a shot of Filipino soldiers filling a mass grave dug in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan; Jordan Verlage, The Canadian Press, for a picture of a man and his pet cat swimming to safety after the Highwood River overflowed its banks in High River, Alta.
Politics: Steven Chase, Boyd Erman and Daniel Leblanc, Globe and Mail, for stories exploring the role of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s adviser Nigel Wright in the Mike Duffy Senate expense scandal; Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press, for coverage of Senator Mike Duffy’s expense claims, including revelations that Duffy had been campaigning for the Conservatives on days when he claimed expenses for Senate business; Gary Mason, Globe and Mail, for a play-by-play analysis of how the B.C. Liberal party turned its fortunes around to win the last provincial election.
Presentation: Jason Chiu, Globe and Mail; Nuri Ducassi, Zach Scott and Sarah Murdoch, Toronto Star; Brian Hughes, Toronto Star.
Project of the Year: Globe and Mail for a series of stories that measured and analysed the real impact of income inequality in Canada; Halifax Chronicle Herald for a series of stories investigating the worrisome state of long-term care in Nova Scotia; Toronto Star for a series of stories that explored connections between the clothes on Canadians’ backs and a tragic building collapse half a world away; Vancouver Province for a series of stories exploring racism in the increasingly multicultural Lower Mainland.
Short Feature: Gabrielle Duchaine, Montreal La Presse, for story about eight severely disabled adults whose group home was on the verge of being shut down; Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail, for a story that went inside the tightly controlled U.S. oil industry to investigate the crude oil being carried by a train that crashed in Lac-Mégantic, Que., killing 47 people; Gordon Sinclair Jr., Winnipeg Free Press, for a profile of a child-like man who spent most of his 83 years in care facilities yet achieved a life full of happiness and purpose.
Sports: Jon McCarthy, Toronto Sun, for three stories about the U.S. Open golf tournament; Caroline Touzin, Montreal La Presse, for a three-part profile of boxer Adonis Stevenson; Randy Turner, Winnipeg Free Press, for stories about unregulated hockey leagues for elite young players, the future of curling in rural Manitoba, and hockey players’ unhealthy habit of chewing tobacco.
Sports Photo: Amber Bracken, Edmonton Sun, for a blood-spattered picture of two female boxers; Jonathan Hayward, The Canadian Press, for a low-angle view of a curler peering intently through the arms and legs of his sweepers; Darren Stone, Victoria Times Colonist, for a photo of an apparently headless hockey player.