AJAs 2017 Finalists


Date Aired or Published Ongoing coverage, first published in April, 2017
Media outlet where first aired or published: The Chronicle Herald
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Location: Halifax/Ottawa
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Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

On a slow news day in April, an entry on the Federal Court docket for Nova Scotia piqued my interest: Abdi v. Canada. I obtained the several hundred pages of court files, and what I found was a compelling and complex story of a young man named Abdoul Abdi: a former child refugee fighting deportation to Somalia -- a dangerous and volatile country he hadn’t stepped foot in since he was a young child -- because of a crime he committed in 2014. When I published the first story, I was disappointed about the lack of engagement from our readers, but I felt it was an important topic that raised myriad questions about how our system treats children in care and gaps that exist the immigration system. Eventually, after months continued reporting on Abdi’s case, other media began picking it up. Then in a few short weeks at the end of 2017, it went national with every major media outlet in Canada carrying his story. Opposition members, human rights experts and activists have come out in droves calling for the Federal government to stop seeking Abdi’s deportation and make changes to the system to prevent this situation from repeating itself. All from one slow news day -- proof that local reporting still matters and can make a difference on a national scale. Today Abdi is still facing deportation, and we are still following his story, now along with the rest of the country.

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

Each story took about a day to two days research/write.

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