Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Aislin, Chapleau win Hyman Solomon Journalism Award

Marian Scott in The Montreal Gazette.

The Montreal Gazette’s Terry Mosher, better known under his nom de plume, Aislin, and La Presse editorial cartoonist Serge Chapleau are being honoured for their lifetime contributions to public discourse.

The Public Policy Forum will award the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism to the two political cartoonists on April 16.

“We’re very pleased to recognize two great political cartoonists and longtime friends, for their prolific body of work,” David Mitchell, president and CEO of the Ottawa-based think tank, said in a statement.

“They’ve provoked us with memorable images and thoughtful commentaries, helping us make sense of — and laugh at — the political and policy complexities of our country and the world,” he added.

Mosher has been the Montreal Gazette’s editorial cartoonist for more than 30 years, while Chapleau has held that position at La Presse since 1996. Both are past winners of the National Newspaper Award for Editorial Cartooning.

Named after the late Hyman Solomon, who was an Ottawa bureau chief for the Financial Post, the award recognizes journalists who provide insights into how changes in public policy affect Canadians.

Past winners of the award include Susan Delacourt, a senior writer at the Toronto Star, and André Picard, a health reporter and columnist at The Globe and Mail.

Chaired this year by Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne, the awards dinner will also honour Ed Clark, a former president and CEO of TD Bank Group; National Arts Centre CEO Peter Herrndorf; former Six Nations Chief Roberta Jamieson and Michael Sabia, president and CEO of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

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