March 2017 | Hillman Foundation

Clear It With Sidney

Notes on journalism for the common good, by Lindsay Beyerstein

March 2017

Sidney's Picks: The Gig Economy, Deadly Auto Jobs, and the Health Care Fiasco

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Lyft trike, Lynn Friedman, Creative Commons.

Sidney’s Picks: The Best of the Week’s News

2017 Canadian Hillman Prize Winners Announced

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Gilad Rom, Creative Commons.


The 2017 Canadian Hillman Prize goes to Min Sook Lee for her groundbreaking TVO documentary, Migrant Dreams, which profiles a group of migrant agricultural workers who were lured to Canada by promises of high-paying greenhouse jobs only to find exploitation, surveillance, and intimidation via the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

An honorable mention goes to Jorge Barrera for Quest for Innocence on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network for reversing the wrongful second-degree murder conviction of Connie Oakes, a Cree woman sentenced to a lengthy prison term for a murder she did not commit.

Another honorable mention goes to Sara Mojtehedzadeh and her team at the Toronto Star for A Workers’ Compensation System in Crisis, a hard-hitting series on the quiet dismantling of Ontario’s workers’ compensation system.

Learn more about this year’s Canadian Hillman honorees.

Sidney's Picks: Muslim Bans, the Oxford Comma, and Homeless College Kids

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JulieJordanScott, Creative Commons.

Sidney’s Picks: The Best of the Week’s News

  • Did Trump’s big mouth doom his new Muslim Ban?
  • $10 million in overtime hinges on an Oxford comma.
  • 14% of community college students at 70 schools are homeless, a new report finds.
  • The new Take Care Blog tracks the legal intricacies of the Trump administration. 

Sidney's Picks: GOP Cripples the Government; KKK Wizard Refutes White Supremacy

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Laurie Shaull, Creative Commons.

Sidney’s Picks: The Best of the Week’s News

Sidney's Picks: Workers' Rights, DOL, and JCC Threats

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Hillman board member Danny Glover, by qbac07, Creative Commons.