04/28/2014 09:23 EDT | Updated 06/28/2014 05:59 EDT

The Canadian Press among Michener nominees for meritorious public service journalism

OTTAWA - The Canadian Press is among six finalists for the 2013 Michener Award for meritorious public service journalism.

The other finalists announced Monday by the Michener Awards Foundation are CTV News, The Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and The Windsor Star.

The Canadian Press is nominated for "The Long March Home," a series stretching throughout 2013, in which Ottawa reporter Murray Brewster detailed the challenges faced by Canadian soldiers returning from Afghanistan.

In the series, Brewster recounts acts of valour, suicides, and the problems soldiers have faced getting the federal government and National Defence to live up to their commitments to Canada's newest veterans.

The national outcry, provoked in part by the series, resulted in improvements to programs and increased financial support for veterans services.

CTV News is nominated for breaking many of the stories in the Senate expense scandal, including a secret $90,000 repayment scheme involving the Prime Minister's Office.

And CTV is credited with regularly exposing new details about questionable expense claims submitted by Senators Patrick Brazeau, Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Mac Harb.

The Globe and Mail is nominated for an investigative series into last summer's derailment and explosion of a train carrying oil that left 47 people dead in Lac-Megantic, Que.

The Globe's four-month investigation discovered a rail shipment system in the U.S. and Canada marked by sloppy government regulation and industry complacency in the shipment of unusually explosive and corrosive oil.

The Toronto Star's relentless pursuit of details of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's private life — in the face of public criticism and charges of engaging in a vendetta — earned it a nomination.

Despite denials from Ford, a police investigation substantiated the Star's allegations of public drunkenness, and the revelation that a video existed appearing to show the mayor smoking crack cocaine.

The Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald's "Fatal Care" series revealed that 145 children died in foster care in Alberta over the last 14 years, almost three times more than the province had reported.

The six-part series helped to get death records opened for public scrutiny, prompted a provincial roundtable on child welfare reform, and led to calls to introduce new legislation to restructure the child welfare system.

The Windsor Star gave voice to a community that was fighting to keep a vital health care service after Cancer Care Ontario directed Windsor hospitals to send cancer-related thoracic surgery to a hospital in London, Ont.

The newspaper's persistent coverage galvanized a community-wide protest that caused the agency, and the provincial government, to reverse its decision.

Gov. Gen. David Johnston will host the Michener Awards ceremony at Rideau Hall on June 11, where the winner of the 2013 award will be announced.

The Michener Award was founded in 1970 by the late Roland Michener and honours excellence in public-service journalism.

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