Dave Ellis, Assistant Managing Editor, accepts the Michener Citation of Merit from Governor General Roméo LeBlanc on behalf of The Star.
The Toronto Star, received the award for a detailed record of abuse of public trust involving a police inspector, a lawyer, an accountant and a banker, plus reluctance of police and legal watchdogs to intervene. The Law Society eventually charged a millionaire Bay Street Lawyer with three counts of professional misconduct and five of conduct unbecoming a lawyer.
The award was presented during a ceremony held at Rideau Hall, May 12, 1995.
The Michener Award for meritorious public journalism, sponsored by the Michener Awards Foundation, was launched in 1970 under the auspices of the late Roland Michener, then governor general. The award is for outstanding and disinterested public service in journalism. It is presented annually to a news organization – newspapers, broadcasting stations and networks, news agencies and periodicals are eligible – rather than an individual.