The latest winner of the CAJ Code of Silence: FinTRAC

EDMONTON, May 28, 2016 — The winner of the Canadian Association of Journalists’ most dubious award in 2016 is the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, the country’s little known “financial intelligence unit” that’s meant to, among other things, “facilitate the detection, prevention and deterrence of money laundering.”

Earlier this year, FinTRAC reportedly fined an undisclosed bank a total of $1.1 million for “failing to report a suspicious transaction and various money transfers”—but the agency, choosing to “exercise its discretion,” wouldn’t name the bank.

That secrecy made FinTRAC a natural choice for the CAJ’s annual Code of Silence…


Government “openness” policy may mean greater secrecy

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Introducing a new fellowship for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis journalists

EDMONTON, May 29, 2016 /CNW/ – The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) are pleased to announce the creation of a new fellowship aimed at improving the skills of Indigenous journalists. CAJ president Nick Taylor-Vaisey and APTN executive director of news and current affairs Karyn Pugliese revealed the new program […]

Congratulations to our CAJ Awards winners

EDMONTON, May 29, 2016 /CNW/ – In a year when Canada’s national media finally awoke to the tragedies of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, the work by our national public broadcaster set the standard. The CBC News Aboriginal team, supported by others across the CBC News team, are the recipients of the 2015 Don McGillivray […]

The 2016 CAJ Charles Bury Award looks inward

EDMONTON, May 28, 2016 — Three longtime leaders of the Canadian Association of Journalists who’ve fought back against industry trends—and never stopped playing vital roles at the CAJ—were recipients of the 2016 CAJ Charles Bury Award. Former CAJ presidents Hugo Rodrigues and Paul Schneidereit, as well as chair Dale Bass, accepted the award at the […]

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