The Globe and Mail is one of six finalists for the 2015 Michener Award for meritorious public service journalism.
Judges of the prestigious award nominated The Globe for two of its series.
One involved an investigation into an expansion of Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital, which found conflicts of interests between those responsible for awarding contracts and the successful bidders. The Globe series led to dismissals and four forensic investigations at public agencies in the province. It also resulted in the discovery of similar potential conflicts of interest and questionable spending practices in a hospital construction project in Markham.
The Globe is also a finalist for its work on missing and murdered indigenous women. Two other news outlets, the Toronto Star and the CBC, are also being recognized for their combined efforts in bringing forward new information that has reopened cold cases, raised questions about the quality of police investigations and shown the prevalence of racism in communities.
"Each of these nominations represents the best traditions of journalism: independent thinking, often difficult reporting and the relentless pursuit of an achievable objective," David Walmsley, The Globe's editor-in-chief, said.
Other Michener finalists are: The Canadian Press for exposing the human cost of Winnipeg's water on the residents of Shoal Lake 40; Société Radio-Canada's Enquête for its work on how vulnerable and marginalized women were abused at the hands of the local Sûreté du Québec officers; the Telegraph-Journal for its inspections into daycare centres; and the Toronto Star for its investigation that found police keep and frequently release "non-conviction" records about citizens to employers, volunteer agencies, schools and other organizations that request a background check, needlessly damaging careers and reputations.
Governor-General David Johnston will announce the winner on June 17.