André Picard, representing the Globe and Mail, accepts the 1993 Michener Award from Ramon Hnatyshyn, Governor General of Canada.
The newspaper was honoured tonight for its continuing probe of the tangled and tragic events behind the tainted blood saga that many believe will be Canada’s worst public health disaster. The Globe’s reportage lead the provinces to reverse their seven-year-old policy and provide a $159 million compensation package to victims of tainted blood. The award ceremony was held at Government House in Ottawa, May 9, 1994.
There were 58 news organizations competing for the prestigious Michener Award. The presentation marked the 24th year of the award program since its inception in 1970.
The Michener Award for meritorious and disinterested public service in journalism is the only Canadian journalism award bearing the name of a governor general and it differs from most such awards in that it goes to the organization, not to individuals.