By James V. Johnson, Associated PressThe Canadian Press has won the annual journalism awards, beating out the National Post and the Toronto Star, as well as The Vancouver Sun, The Toronto Star and CBC.
Canada’s largest newspaper, with a circulation of more than 1.5 million, won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Outstanding Newspaper Reporting in 2017, after a series of investigative stories that highlighted the impact of environmental regulations on the Canadian economy.
The award was given in the wake of the massive fires that engulfed much of Canada’s northern interior, leaving more than 50,000 people dead and millions homeless.
It is a fitting conclusion to a year in which the newspaper’s editorials and op-eds became a constant battleground in the political battle over the country’s energy policies, while the country was gripped by the Great Lakes crisis.
The awards were handed out at the annual Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday by the Canadian Journalists Association.
The ceremony was streamed live on CBC News.
The National Post won a Pulitzer Prize in 2017 for its coverage of the North Atlantic oil spill, while The Star was awarded a Pulitzer for its reporting on the crisis in Alberta.
The Sun won a total of seven awards this year, including the prestigious Arthur Ashe Courage Award, which recognizes an individual who has shown leadership in overcoming personal or public challenges to achieve a higher standard of public service.
The award was handed out by the Sun in honor of its longtime Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, Arthur Ashe, who died in 2016 at the age of 95.