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Call for Entries: 2023 Canadian Hillman Prize for Journalism

Toronto, Ont. (Nov 15, 2022) - The Sidney Hillman Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2023 Canadian Hillman Prize honouring excellence in investigative journalism in service of the common good.

The Hillman Prize celebrates print, digital and broadcast reporting that exposes social and economic injustice and leads to meaningful public policy change. 

Eligibility: Entries must have been published or broadcast in 2022 and made widely available to a Canadian audience. Nominated material and a cover letter explaining how the entry meets the requirements can be submitted hereThere is no fee to enter.

The Canadian Hillman Prize winner(s) will be awarded a $5,000 honorarium and a certificate at our celebration in Toronto to be held on March 30th as well as travel to New York City to be a guest at the U.S Hillman Prize ceremony. Honourable mentions will also be awarded.

Previous Canadian Hillman Prize winners include The Walrus, the Globe and Mail, the Crackdown podcast, CBC’s fifth estate, the Toronto Star, the Hamilton Spectator, the Calgary Herald, the Edmonton Journal, CBC/Radio-Canada and TVO


This year’s Canadian judges are: Neil Docherty - internationally acclaimed documentary maker; Garvia Bailey - arts journalist, broadcaster and producerand Bonnie Brown - documentary and news producer, CBC Radio and Television.


January 15, 2023 - Deadline for entry

Mid-March, 2023 – Winner(s) announced

March 30, 2023 – Winner(s) honoured at Canadian Hillman Prize ceremony - Toronto 

May 9, 2023 – Winner(s) honoured at U.S. Hillman Prize ceremony - New York City

“The Sidney Hillman Foundation is proud to recognize the exceptional work of journalists who hold those in positions of power to account and encourage public discourse,” said Canadian board member, Alex Dagg. “Journalism is a cornerstone of a well-functioning democracy and has the potential to initiate the public policy changes that move societies forward. The Hillman Prize is not only an acknowledgement but also a token of gratitude for the essential work of journalists in their pursuit of truth.” 

Since 1950, in the United States, and 2011 in Canada, the Sidney Hillman Foundation has honoured journalists, writers and public figures who pursue social justice and public policy for the common good. Sidney Hillman was the founding president of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union of America, a predecessor union of Workers United, SEIU. An architect of the New Deal, Hillman fought to build a vibrant union movement extending beyond the shop floor to all aspects of working people’s lives. 

For entry or event questions, please contact: 

Alexandra Lescaze or 917-696-2494

For more information about the Hillman Prize, please visit

Sidney's Picks: NYC's Food Stamp Program in Disarray; Chipotle "Threw Away" Workers

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A plaque memorializing the Haymarket Martyrs, executed on this day in 1887. KirbyfestCreative Commons.

The Best of the Week’s News:

  • New York City failed to promptly process 40% of food stamp applications. (CityLimits)
  • Immigrant workers say Chipotle fired them for organizing. (Documented)
  • Harper Collins workers strike for a living wage. (Guardian)
  • Michigan’s “right to work law” in the crosshairs as Democrats regain control of the state legislature. (Bridge)
  • Teamsters seek to organize the Woodford Reserve bourbon distillery. (WKYT)

Sidney's Picks: Chipotle Illegally Shut Down Store to Thwart Union Effort

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Mike Mozart, Creative Commons.

The Best of the Week’s News:

  • Chipotle illegally shut down store to thwart union effort, officials say. Immigrant organizers say the fresh Mex chain fired them for organizing. (HuffPo, Documented NY)
  • Apple’s first unionized retail outlet has filed an unfair labor practice complaint, accusing management of withholding benefits. (Apple Insider)
  • Why sick leave is a huge issue for America’s rail workers. (NYT)
  • World’s richest man poised to light $44 billion on fire at Twitter. (WaPo)

Sidney's Picks: Starbucks negotiating team walks out; the first HBCU is still fighting for a fair deal

The Best of the Week’s News:

  • Starbucks corporate negotiators walk out of talks over Zoom issue. (Vice)
  • After 185 years, the nation’s oldest HBCU is still fighting for a fair deal. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • Sysco Teamsters in MA win a new contract with the help of a mass picket line. (Labor Notes) 
  • Speaker Pelosi’s husband was hospitalized after an intruder attacked him in their San Francisco home. (NYT)
  • Amazon CEO Andrew Jassy flouted labor law with remarks on unionsNLRB alleges. (CNBC)

Sidney's Picks: Amazon's Crushing Productivity

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The Best of the Week’s News:

Sidney's Picks: Biden Helps Gig Workers; Cannabis Industry Exploits Workers

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SpurekarCreative Commons.

Sidney’s Picks:

  • Gig workers would get federal minimum wage and other protections under a proposed rule by Biden’s Labor Department. (TAP)
  • Meat industry giants start tracking workers like cattle using new body-worn app. (Investigate Midwest) 
  • Unlicensed cannabis farms in Oregon are exploiting undocumented workers. (Politico)
  • Investigators confirm that a Nevada gold mining company broke safety rules, contributing to miner’s fatal fall. (High Country News)
  • Buffalo Starbucks organizers allege that the company sabotaged service to turn customers against striking workers. (Newsweek)

Sidney's Picks: Newsom Signs Farmworker Card-Check Bill

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U.S. Department of Agriculture, Creative Commons.

The Best of the Week’s News:

  • California governor Gavin Newsom relents, signs card-check bill for farmworkers after big push from the UFW, the California Federation of Labor, and Joe Biden. (Cal Matters)
  • As union drive picks up steam, GEICO urges workers to call the police on union canvassers. (Labor Notes)
  • Veteran Nintendo game tester says she was fired for asking about a union. (Axios)
  • Digital sleuths make a breakthrough in the search for origins of the QAnon cult. (QOrigins)

Sidney's Picks: Philly's Black Labor History; Project Veritas Defeat

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Philadelphia, Matthew Colo, Wikimedia Commons

The best of the Week’s News:

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer examines the roots of systemic racism through institutions founded in Philadelphia, including itself.  
  • Dirty tricksters of Project Veritas lose in court, jury awards $120,000 to victims. (NYT)
  • Independent labor unions flourished because big unions weren’t meeting workers’ needs for organizing. (ITT)
  • Union officials say they will request a union vote for 3000 JetBlue flight service workers. (NBC)

Sidney's Picks: U.S. Open Workers Get Paid; Clean Water Restored to Jackson

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Jeremy BrooksCreative Commons.

The Best of the Week’s News:

  • Clean water restored to Jackson, MS, but the fate of the water system remains uncertain. (MS Today)
  • U.S. Open workers finally get paid after Documented blows the whistle on wage theft. (DocumentedNY)
  • Biden averts rail strike by brokering a tentative last-minute deal, now it’s up to the rank-and-file to vote on it. (NYT, NP Bulletin, Trains)
  • Clearwater Confidential: How Scientology basically killed an affordable house project in Florida. (TB Times)
  • Over 5000 minor league baseball players voted to unionize after a lightening organizing campaign that took just 17 days. (Marketwatch) 

Sidney’s Picks: U.S. Open Workers Allege Wage Theft; Big Lie Boosters Train MI Poll Workers

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Sidney’s Picks:

  • U.S. Open workers say their wages were stolen. (DocumentedNY)
  • How did Trump manage to take so many top secret documents from the White House? (LATimes)
  • MI GOP official/election conspiracist tells poll workers to be “undercover agents” and break the rules. (CNN)
  • Pregnant women in Alabama can be jailed for months to “protect” their fetuses from drugs. (