A cross-Canada and international investigative collaboration
Drained was produced as part of Tainted Water, an ongoing investigation into drinking water safety in Canada. The project involves students and faculty from 10 campuses, working with 26 journalists reporting for media outlets across Canada, as well as the US-based Associated Press, a wire agency that distributes stories internationally. The collaboration is coordinated by the Institute for Investigative Journalism at Concordia University as an initiative intended to explore methods for restoring local investigative journalism in Canadian communities.
Published Work to Date
Canadians exposed to high levels of lead in drinking water, investigation finds. The Guardian, Nov. 4, 2019.
Lead levels in Canadian water ‘exceed safe limit’ in a third of cases. BBC, Nov. 4, 2019.
Parched: Experts urge transparency on lead-tainted water in some Regina, Saskatoon and Moose Jaw homes. Regina Leader-Post, Nov. 4, 2019
Saskatchewan residents have some of the highest levels of lead-tainted water in Canada. Global News. Nov. 4, 2019.
Canada-wide investigation reveals dangerous levels of lead in tap water. Toronto Star, Nov. 4, 2019.
Is Canada’s tap water safe? Thousands of test results show high lead levels across the country. Global News. Nov. 4, 2019
Edmonton residents exposed to high lead levels in water over last decade, investigation finds. Global News. Nov. 4, 2019
Calgary doesn’t know how many homes have lead pipes that could make water unsafe. Global News. Nov. 4, 2019
Lead levels in Prince Rupert drinking water could point to province-wide problems. Global News. Nov. 4, 2019
Thousands of Nova Scotians at risk of lead exposure from wells. Global News. Nov. 4, 2019
Quebec says it will pay for daycares to test tap water for lead. Global News. Nov. 4, 2019
Is Montreal’s lead problem worse than Flint, Michigan’s? Global News. Nov. 4, 2019
The secrets of Canada’s tap water, explained. Global News. Nov. 4, 2019
‘I don’t want citizens to be worried’: Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante insists water is safe to drink. Global News. Nov. 4, 2019
‘There is lead in our water … Don’t doubt it, just start flushing,’ says Prince Rupert resident whose water tested three times the national guideline. Vancouver Star, Nov. 4, 2019.
It would cost just $11 million for Calgary to replace all its public lead service lines. So why hasn’t the city acted? Calgary Star, Nov. 4, 2019.
Edmonton residents have been drinking tap water with lead levels as high as 120 times the federal limit. Edmonton Star, Nov. 4, 2019.
A third of Halifax tests for lead in water exceed the federal guideline. Halifax Star, Nov. 4, 2019.
More than half of Nova Scotians on wells are at risk of having lead in their water. Halifax Star, Nov. 4, 2019.
Her landlord didn’t tell her the home she rented had lead pipes — and he didn’t have to. Toronto Star, Nov. 4, 2019
Removing lead pipes is the only way to eliminate risk. But it’s expensive for cities and homeowners. Toronto Star, Nov. 4, 2019
Flushing taps before testing for lead produces misleading results. So why is Toronto telling residents to do it? Toronto Star, Nov. 4, 2019
Investigation: Lead in some Canadian water worse than Flint. Associated Press. Nov. 4, 2019.
Investigation: Lead in some Canadian water worse than Flint. Washington Post, Nov. 4, 2019
Investigation: Lead in some Canadian water worse than Flint. ABC News, Nov. 4, 2019.
Investigation: Lead in Some Canadian Water Worse Than Flint. US News, Nov. 4, 2019.
Ce plomb que Québec refuse de voir. Le Devoir. 2019-10-16
Les malades invisibles du plomb. Le Devoir. 2019-10-1
Petit guide citoyen contre le plomb. Le Devoir. 2019-10-16
Le Québec sous-évalue le plomb dans l’eau. Le Devoir. 2019-10-16
Quebec to review how it tests drinking water following investigative report. Global News. 2019-10-16
Investigation reveals dangerous lead levels in some Quebec drinking water. Global News. 2019-10-16
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante will require households to replace lead water pipes. Global News. 2019-10-22
Montréal revoit son plan de lutte contre le plomb. Le Devoir. 2019-10-23
Quebec to adopt national standard for testing lead in drinking water. Global News. 2019-10-23
Montréal a longtemps fait fi des solutions contre le plomb. Le Devoir. 2019-10-23
Chaos et opacité dans les municipalités du Québec. Le Devoir. 2019-10-24
British Columbia: University of British Columbia
V. S. Wells
Alberta: MacEwan University
Alberta: Mount Royal University
Saskatchewan: University of Regina
Saskatchewan: First Nations University of Canada
Ontario: Carleton University
Adam van der Zwan
Ontario: Humber College
Ontario: Ryerson University
Quebec: Concordia University
Nova Scotia: University of King’s College
Investigative Reporting Fellows:
Practicum students and interns:
Kiki Cekota – Ryerson University
Shaela Dansereau — MacEwan University
Cheyenne Juknies — MacEwan University
Raysa Marcondes — MacEwan University
Victoria Shariati — Ryerson University
Morgan Bocknek — Ryerson University
Brigitte Tousignant — Le Devoir
Jaida Beaudin-Herney — First Nations University of Canada
Teaching assistant, University of Regina: Céline Grimard
Mike De Souza
Kelly Bennett, freelance reporter
Charles Berret — University of British Columbia
Joe Couture — University of Regina
Robert Cribb — Ryerson University
David Fraser — University of Regina
Trevor Grant — University of Regina
Lara King — Humber College
Steve Lillebuen — MacEwan University
Janice Paskey — Mount Royal University
Patti Sonntag — Concordia University
Pauline Dakin — University of King’s College
Christopher Waddell — Carleton University
David Weisz — Humber College
Patricia Elliott – First Nations University
Faculty Board Members:
Patricia Elliott — University of Regina/First Nations University of Canada
April Lindgren — Ryerson University
Institute for Investigative Journalism, Concordia University
Series Producer: Patti Sonntag
Research Coordinator: Michael Wrobel
Project Coordinator: Colleen Kimmett
Editorial assistant: Fabio Luis Leon-Rosa
Editorial assistant: Lea Sabbah
Data support: Jeremy Glass-Pilon
Carleton University, School of Journalism and Communication
Concordia University, Department of Journalism
Humber College, Journalism Program
Mount Royal University, Journalism and Broadcast Media Programs
Ryerson University, School of Journalism
University of British Columbia, Graduate School of Journalism
University of King’s College, School of Journalism
University of Regina, School of Journalism
Produced by the Institute for Investigative Journalism, Concordia University