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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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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.
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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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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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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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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