AJAs 2017 Finalists


Slug/Label AJ IWK 1 / 2 /3
Date Aired or Published June 22, 2017 / Aug 31, 2017 / sept. 18, 2017
Media outlet where first aired or published: CBC Nova Scotia
Name of Program: CBC Nova Scotia News
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Location: Halifax
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Running time (TV/Radio): 2:36 / 2:43 / 3:35

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

Mike Gorman's investigation into IWK expenses led to quick and dramatic change at the top of the regional children's hospital. Prompted by tips and leaks from sources, Mike filed a freedom of information request for expense statements which revealed, in June, that the IWK CEO had used a corporate credit card to pay for charges at the Bay, ITunes and on limo services. Several days later, the CEO and board chair told CBC that steps were being taken to prevent "unintended errors" but by late August, CEO Tracey Kitch had left the IWK and an independent investigation had found a lack of oversight and that Kitch had billed $47 thousand in personal expenses, nearly half of which still hadn't been paid back. In September, a second batch of documents, disclosed after intervention from the Information and Privacy office, revealed more disturbing details showing that IWK administrators had knowingly omitted information from expense reports. The next day, the file was in the hand of the auditor general and the police.

Resources of the newsroom (money and time) available to complete the story:

In developing the story, Mike filed several requests to the IWK Health Care Centre under Freedom of Information. When it appeared that some information was being withheld, he appealed to the Information and Privacy Commissioner. That appeal led to a second release of documents. Newsroom resources required were limited to the basics, such as cameras and graphics.

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