Toronto Star investigative journalists Kevin Donovan, Jayme Poisson, Emily Mathieu, Randy Risling and Canadaland founder Jesse Brown have been named the winners of the 2015 Canadian Hillman Prize. The team was honoured for its coverage of sexual assault and harassment in Canada.
Investigative editor Kevin Donovan and freelancer Jesse Brown were singled out for their reporting on the allegations of sexual assault against former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi. Reporters Jayme Poisson and Emily Mathieu and photographer Randy Risling were honoured for their coverage of assaults on university and college campuses.
An honorable mention was awarded to Kevin Rollason of the Winnipeg Free Press for telling the story of Brian Sinclair, an aboriginal man who died of a treatable infection in a hospital emergency room because the staff ignored him for hours.
The Sidney Hilman Foundation, which was founded in 1946, recognizes journalists, writers and public figures who pursue or raise awareness about social justice for the common good.