the fifth estate wins Michener award for Ashley Smith stories

Stockwoods congratulates the CBC’s fifth estate on their receipt of the prestigious 2010 Michener Award for meritorious public service journalism, for the program’s two documentaries on the case of Ashley Smith, a 19-year-old Moncton woman who committed suicide while incarcerated in Ontario in 2007. The Michener Awards cite the journalists’ persistence against “bureaucratic stonewalling” to get this important story. As part of that persistence, the Michener Awards note that the journalists “waged a successful court battle to obtain shocking video of Smith’s final hours recorded by the Correctional Service of Canada”. We are proud that Stockwoods lawyer Patti Latimer represented CBC in that court battle, through the lower courts to a successful and landmark decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal, available here.

Further details of this well-deserved award can be found here.