I spent the last four months of 2015 on parental leave with this guy, who as you can see is a lot of fun. As of today, he’s at day care and I’m back at work.
One of the nice things about time off, for a journalist, is that you don’t stop having story ideas, so I have a long to-do list. I also found the time in November to file a small stack of ATIPs, FIPPA requests, whatever various jurisdictions call them, and I’m hoping these will start to come in in January. A busy winter ahead.
So this is the story, part of a series mostly about immigration detention (also about paying failed refugee claimants to leave the country) which I’ve been working on for some time now. Liam Maloney’s still images and video add a great deal. Broadly the series is about what Canada does with unwanted people, mostly failed refugee claimants – dark, strange things in some cases. It’s a number of things. One is: quite disturbing; another is: the most ambitious investigative project Global’s online team has done up to this point from its own resources.
Leslie Young’s story about deaths in immigration custody, and the secrecy around them, is also worth a look.
THE UNWANTED: READ THE SERIES
Canada’s non-citizens paid to leave, jailed without charge, die in secret
Jailed with no charge, no sentence, no oversight
Canada pays thousands of Roma to abandon refugee appeals, leave country
Deaths in detention: CBSA’s fatal failure to learn from its mistakes