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Tyee's David P. Ball Nabs Investigative Nomination for Sanctuary Series

Multimedia stories illustrate lives of undocumented migrants.

Tyee Staff 2 May

Tyee reporter David P. Ball was named a finalist in the 2014 Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) annual awards for outstanding investigative journalism.

Ball won the nod in the Community Media category for a multimedia series that examined undocumented Vancouver residents.

The series investigated the lives and struggles of migrants with no citizenship status in the Greater Vancouver region. Ball began probing the issue in May 2014 after learning that Vancouver city council intended to declare the city a sanctuary for undocumented migrants.

Ball interviewed migrant workers, authorities, and examined municipal services where many undocumented immigrants say they fear being caught and deported.

The series sparked a public debate, particularly in the wake of the suicide of a Mexican undocumented hotel worker who was detained in Vancouver for not paying a transit fare. She died in custody of the Canada Border Services Agency in late 2013.

This is the fourth consecutive CAJ nomination for Ball. Last year, he won the community reporting prize for a series on escalating West Coast coal exports. The series, Cross Border Coal War? documented the ramped-up pressure to ship U.S.-mined coal from western ports on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.

The 2014 winners will be announced on June 6 at the CAJ conference in Halifax.  [Tyee]

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