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Grant LaFleche

Journalist/Columnist

St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Grant LaFleche

I am a veteran investigative journalist and political columnist, currently working at the St. Catharines Standard, part of the TorStar chain of newspapers, in Niagara Region, Ontario. I have been nominated for 27 Ontario Newspaper Awards and five National Newspaper Awards and one Canadian Association of Journalists Award.

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INVESTIGATIVE SERIES: ALL THE CHAIR'S MEN

Through most of 2018, The Standard published a series of stories by investigative reporter Grant LaFleche, that showed how the 2016 hiring process for the Niagara Region CAO was tainted. The series, now extending over 50 stories, resulted in an Ontario Ombudsman investigation into the Niagara Region, exposed secret contracts and had a significant impact on the 2018 municipal elections. The series has been nominated for two Ontario Newspaper Awards, two National Newspaper Awards and one Canadian Association of Journalists Award.
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The Wolf in Priest's Clothing: Complete series

From the age of 9 until he was 12 William O'Sullivan was sexually abused by Catholic priest Donald Grecco. That abuse set O'Sullivan on a path that landed him a Catholic boys school infamous for clergy abuse, and eventually in prison. Decades after it happened, O'Sullivan reported what Grecco did to him as a boy and his one-time priest is now facing a prison sentence.| This series won an Ontario Newspaper Award and a National Newspaper Award.
The St. Catharines Standard Link to Story
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Investigative series: Missing Since April

A special three part investigation into the unsolved case of missing woman Ashley Simpson, who vanished in the B.C. Mountains in 2016.
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UPDATED: Niagara Press Freedom

On Dec. 7, 2017, the Niagara Region unlawfully seized the computer and notes of Standard reporter Bill Sawchuk and ejected him from the building after falsely accusing him of attempting to secretly record a closed-door meeting. The incident has triggered a political firestorm, widespread condemnation of the Region's actions and an Ombudsman investigation.
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EXCLUSIVE: D’Angelo wanted Standard editor replaced

More than a year before he became the chief administrative officer at Niagara Region where he would preside over the unlawful seizure of a reporter's computer and notes, Carmen D'Angelo urged the owners of the St. Catharines Standard to replace its managers. In a 2015 email to the office of former St.
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Fentanyl: Niagara's silent killer

Jon Johnston's life wasn't supposed to end. Not that soon. Not like that. He was supposed to be a known and respected chef among known and respected chefs. His creations were meant to delight diners and make other culinary artists jealous. Johnston worked three jobs to put himself through chef's training at George Brown College.
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HEART OF THE CITY: Those left behind

A wisp of a man with shoulder-length grey hair and a wild beard, he was an unnoticed fixture downtown, often wandering the streets in an oversized coat draped over his grey clothing. Tom drew little attention to himself as he walked past those who have learned not see people like him. He was so invisible, no one seems to know for sure what his name was.
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EXCLUSIVE: Bridge audit leaked

The secret forensic audit report into the Burgoyne Bridge replacement project has identified a cornucopia of conflict of interest problems at Niagara Region. The Deloitte Canada report — it cost taxpayers $500,000 — probed relationships between Niagara Region employees and contractors going back to 2008, and found the Region has insufficient policies to guide procurement and hiring practices.
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A 19-year-old social conservative beat Tory heavyweights to run as PC candidate in Ontario by-election

Chances are you have never heard of Sam Oosterhoff. But the 19-year-old social conservative and Brock University political science student has become a key figure in Ontario provincial politics. On Saturday, Oosterhoff won the race to become the Ontario Progressive Conservative candidate for Niagara West-Glanbrook, the territory of former PC party leader Tim Hudak.
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New podcast takes you inside the newsroom

The April 6 publication of The Standard’s expose on the hiring of the Niagara Region chief administrative officer has triggered an independent investigation of the municipality and generated a lot of reader response. As political events continue to unfold in Niagara, many readers are asking the same question: “How did the paper get that story?”.
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The Grant Rant Blog

Grant LaFleche's news and commentary blog.
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Season 1: Lake to Lake Podcast

The Lake to Lake podcast is the official podcast of the St. Catharines Standard, Niagara Falls Review and the Welland Tribune. Hosted by columnist Grant LaFleche, the podcast covers issues and local news from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie.
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About

Grant LaFleche

Grant LaFleche is an award-winning investigative journalist with the St. Catharines Standard in Niagara, Ontario.

Since he started at the Standard in 1998, Grant has been nominated for 27 Ontario Newspaper Awards, where he has been twice nominated as the journalist of the year. He has also been nominated for five National Newspaper Awards, the top prizes in Canadian journalism, and a Canadian Association of Journalists award.

His 2017 investigative series, The Wolf in Priest's Clothing, won the Ontario Newspaper Award for feature writing and the National Newspaper Award for local journalism.

More recently, his investigation into Niagara's regional government, in a series of stories called All The Chair’s Men, played a major role in triggering an Ontario Ombudsman’s investigation into the Niagara Region and impacted the 2018 municipal election. That series has been nominated for two Ontario Newspaper Awards this year, two National Newspaper Awards and a Canadian Association of Journalists Award.

His work appears in TorStar/Metroland Niagara newspapers across Canada, including the Hamilton Spectator and Toronto Star.

He was also the host of the Standard's Lake to Lake podcast. He is the current host of the Inside The Newsroom podcast.

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Skills

  • Boxing
  • Writing
  • Narrative writing
  • Research
  • Investigative journalism
  • Podcasting
  • Photography
  • Video/sound editing
  • Interviewing