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Globe and Mail contributor Frances Bula has won B.C.'s top award for journalism, the Jack Webster Award.

Ms. Bula won the Best Reporting of the Year award in the print category for her coverage of the Portland Hotel Society, the group that managed Vancouver's safe-injection site, as well as other services on the city's Downtown Eastside.

"The magnificent victory is recognition of The Globe's vital role in British Columbia," said The Globe's editor-in-chief, David Walmsley.

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"Ms. Bula's revelations came because we believe in brave journalism that takes time and is important to our audience."

Ms. Bula's work explained the downfall of Portland Hotel Society founders Mark Townsend and wife Liz Evans.

She reported that the B.C. government was prepared to put the agency into receivership because of financial irregularities that included eyebrow-raising salaries for directors and perksthat included European staff trips and high-end hotel stays.

Globe reporters Brent Jang and Iain Marlow were finalists in the Business category for their two-part series on the realities of B.C.'s newest gold rush.

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