Reporter Robert Cribb accepts the 2001 Michener Citation of Merit from Governor General Adrienne Clarkson on behalf of the Toronto Star.
The newspaper was honoured for ‘Medical Secrets’, a series about a lax Ontario medical regulatory system that failed to hold doctors accountable for practices harmful to patients. A shakeup at the College of Physicians and Surgeons followed publication of the articles.
The Citation of Merit was presented at the annual Michener Foundation award ceremony held at Rideau Hall on April 30th, 2002.
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.