The 2016 finalists for the Canadian Online Publishing Awards have been announced and DeSmog Canada has made the cut in two categories — alongside Maclean’s Magazine, the Toronto Star, The Huffington Post, the Winnipeg Free Press and the National Observer.
In the Best Blog category, DeSmog Canada is nominated for its coverage of the indigenous youth suicide epidemic and its relationship to natural resource development.
Also featured in the nomination is DeSmog Canada’s coverage of the Mount Polley mine disaster and the provincial government’s failure to levy any charges or fines against the company responsible and our coverage of Canada’s enormous untapped geothermal energy potential.
In the Best Video Content category, Disturbing the Peace: The Story of the Site C Dam has been selected as a finalist.
The six-minute film made by filmmaker Jayce Hawkins and reporter Emma Gilchrist details the unfolding story of the farmers and First Nations of the Peace Valley who are being forced off their land for the contentious $9-billion project.
The video includes an exclusive interview with Harry Swain, chair of the joint review panel for the project, who criticizes the government’s short-term thinking.
Last year, DeSmog Canada was named as a finalist for a Canadian Online Publishing Award for Best News Coverage.
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Here are the articles included in our nomination:
No Fines, No Charges Laid for Mount Polley Mine Disaster by Carol Linnitt.
Canada Has Enormous Geothermal Potential. Why Aren't We Using It? by Carol Linnitt.
Watch Disturbing the Peace:
Image: Journalists Emma Gilchrist and Carol Linnitt in the Peace River region with West Moberly First Nation Chief Roland Willson.