The National Student Investigative Reporting Network was established in 2016 by award-winning Toronto Star investigative reporter, Robert Cribb. Journalism students from across Canada will participate in a rigorous 13-week course, where they will study advanced investigative research techniques and enrich their reporting skills. Under the guidance of some of Canada’s most esteemed journalists, the students will take on an important story of national scope and work in partnership with notable media organizations to bring their investigation to the public. Students who complete the program to their instructors’ satisfaction will be selected to participate in a 10-week paid internship in the summer to continue developing the investigation. NSIRN is headquartered at the Ryerson University School of Journalism in Toronto. The course is delivered live online via AdobeConnect, allowing for two-way interaction between instructors and students.
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Letters to shoplifters threaten legal action if hundreds in damages aren’t paid — even if the goods are recovered
There is one name that many lawyers who defend shoplifters across Canada know. Sometimes they say the name reluctantly, because they know a B.C. lawyer was disciplined after calling him out. Others say the name knowingly. They’ve seen it on hundreds of letters that are routinely sent to accused shoplifters on behalf of major retailers. Click Read more about Letters to shoplifters threaten legal action if hundreds in damages aren’t paid — even if the goods are recovered[…]
The Four Seasons Private Residences Toronto is one of the most prestigious condo developments in the country. So why have one third of unit sales been for a loss? Click here to read. By Marco Chown Oved, Investigative Reporter, Toronto Star; Jessica Cheung, Michael D’Alimonte, Ricardo Serrano and Joti Grewal, Ryerson School of Journalism; Andrew Bailey, Data Analysis, Toronto Star
Government oversight and tracking systems haven’t caught a single drug dealing pharmacist in the last five years, a Toronto Star/Global News/Ryerson School of Journalism investigation has found. Instead, every pharmacist caught dealing drugs was done in by bad luck or good police work. Click here to read the story. By: Marco Chown Oved, Investigative Reporter; Robert Read more about Drug-dealing pharmacists are feeding Ontario’s opioid crisis[…]
More than 5,800 Canadian children and youth have died by suicide during the past 13 years across Canada — some as young as 8 years old, according to data compiled by a Toronto Star/Ryerson School of Journalism investigation from coroners’ offices in all provinces and territories except Nunavut. Click here to read the story. By: Read more about More than 5,800 youth suicides across Canada signals mental health ‘crisis’[…]
A Toronto Star/Ryerson School of Journalism investigation reveals how the province’s jury selection list, based on property assessment rolls, leaves many diverse Ontarians facing overwhelmingly white juries. Click here to read the story. By: Ebyan Abdigir, Kvesche Bijons-Ebacher, and Palak Mangat, Ryerson School of Journalism; Robert Cribb, Investigative Reporter; Jim Rankin, Feature Writer
Demand for youth mental health services is exploding. How universities and business are scrambling to react
Data collected from across the country shows the extent of the problems. “There is a perception that this age group is healthy, but they’re not.” Click here to read the story. By: Noella Ovid, Ryerson School of Journalism, David Lao and Blair Bigham, Munk School of Global Affairs, and Robert Cribb, Toronto Star
By: Mansoor Tanweer and Harleen Sidhu, Ryerson University, and Robert Cribb, Toronto Star While the city tests for E. coli at Toronto’s beaches, a few kilometres away, in the city’s inner harbour — home to boating clubs, windsurfers and paddleboarders — elevated E. coli levels are considered so common, no government agency is even routinely testing. Click Read more about The dirty secret of Toronto’s bacteria-laced harbour[…]
By: Vjosa Isai and Maham Shakeel, Ryerson University, and Robert Cribb, Toronto Star A Toronto Star/Ryerson School of Journalism investigation looks at what as much as $4,500 a year will buy you in Canada’s two-tiered health-care system, such as no wait times, genetic analysis and added testing that isn’t always medically necessary. Click here to read the Read more about Should the wealthy be allowed to buy their way to faster health care at private clinics?[…]
By: Jordan Cornish and Dale Mulligan, Ryerson University, and Robert Cribb, Toronto Star Even those who made prepaid funeral arrangements can face a slew of unexpected fees, high markups and aggressive sales techniques after a loved one dies, a Toronto Star/CBC Marketplace investigation found. Click here to read the story.
By: Alexandra Posadzki, Alex Nino Gheciu, Ryerson University, and Robert Cribb, Toronto Star A Toronto Star/Ryerson School of Journalism investigation has found that a lack of mandatory training for tattoo and piercing practitioners, along with sometimes lax enforcement against repeat offenders in Toronto, poses serious health risks. Click here to read the story.