AJAs 2018 Finalists


Date Aired or Published May 5, 2018
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Location: Oromocto, N.B.
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Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

The story began with a whisper uttered over a Dartmouth hotel restaurant table. I had asked a source I was meeting about another story an offhand question about whether he knew if repercussions were being felt in Oromocto following federal cutbacks to medical marijuana coverage. My source's eyes widened and he nodded. He had heard a rumour about one man with PTSD killing himself with a steak knife because of the cannabis cutbacks. He had no name or other information. I began following an almost non-existent trail to figure out what was actually happening, why it was happening and who was responsible. It was not easy to come by the answers I found -- in interviews and documents -- which spanned from Oromocto to Ottawa. The resulting story contains no shortage of complexities.

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

Reporting for this story was done in spurts of several days at a time over the course of several weeks (I am the Globe's only reporter in Atlantic Canada and juggle multiple files at once). Patience was key in not pushing sources too hard before they were ready to disclose information. There were waits on government documents and on the schedules of others. Writing took 2 weeks. In all, the Globe likely devoted six weeks of resources to this piece, including hiring a freelance photographer to meet with myself and veterans sometimes in the middle of the night.

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