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Louise Dickson

Louise Dickson

Louise Dickson graduated from Queen’s University with an honours degree in history, then worked on Parliament Hill as a researcher for three years. In 1985, she joined the Ottawa Citizen, where she was a feature writer and fitness columnist.

Louise joined the Times Colonist in 1997, specializing in crime and the courts. She has been honoured with three National Newspaper Award nominations.

Louise and her colleagues were awarded the 2010 Justicia Award for Excellence in Legal Journalism for a series on access to information in the B.C. court system. The series also won the 2010 Jack Webster Award for Legal Journalism.

Louise has been nominated for numerous Webster awards, including one for her investigation into B.C.’s Name Act in 2001. The government vowed quick legislative change after Louise revealed there were loopholes that allowed offenders to change their names and leave their criminal records behind.

Louise is the author of six children’s books, including The Kids Guide to Fortune Telling, published by Kids Can Press. She is also co-author of Straight Talk About Kids and Sport, published by the Coaching Association of Canada.

Email
ldickson@timescolonist.com

Recent Work by Louise

Alberta family learns of son's death in Victoria through Google search

Alberta family learns of son's death in Victoria through Google search

After failing to reach his son Scott to wish him a happy birthday, Glen Grier started searching online for his name along with Victoria, B.C. The second hit was Scott's obituary.
Death at 844 Johnson: 'We both knew this building was going to kill him'

Death at 844 Johnson: 'We both knew this building was going to kill him'

In a video shot by his daughter just before Christmas, Jamaal Johnson said it was impossible for him to fight his addictions while living at 844 Johnson. He was right
Victoria mother pleads guilty to second-degree murder of toddler

Victoria mother pleads guilty to second-degree murder of toddler

Kaela Mehl, who killed her daughter in September 2015 by administering a fatal dose of Zopiclone and smothering her, was previously convicted of first-degree murder but successfully appealed
Nanaimo man faces five-year wait for pardon over fines he didn't know he had

Nanaimo man faces five-year wait for pardon over fines he didn't know he had

Robin McCaghren says he only discovered he had two unpaid $100 fines for failing to attend court and failing to appear in 1997 and 1998 when he got a criminal record check.
Spongy-moth spraying planned for Island communities this spring

Spongy-moth spraying planned for Island communities this spring

A record number of male spongy moths — formerly known as gypsy moths — were trapped in B.C. last year, indicating they could become established if the spraying is not completed, says the Forests Ministry.
It's for the birds: Why Southern Vancouver Island is a bird migration hot spot, despite unleashed dogs

It's for the birds: Why Southern Vancouver Island is a bird migration hot spot, despite unleashed dogs

Southern Vancouver Island is a crucial resting and feeding spot for migrating birds. Unleashed dogs are often a threat, bird experts say.
Social media post reunites family with old Christmas recording of them singing

Social media post reunites family with old Christmas recording of them singing

Aunt Bessie, Uncle Bob, little Dorothy Jane Lavoie singing Christmas carols in the early 1960s.
Evening ferry sailings between Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen to run as scheduled

Evening ferry sailings between Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen to run as scheduled

B.C. Ferries said it has the required number of crew for Wednesday evening's sailings of the Coastal Renaissance.
Three Inuit carvings stolen during Boxing Day break-in, gallery says

Three Inuit carvings stolen during Boxing Day break-in, gallery says

Someone broke into the gallery and stole sculptures worth more than $40,000, says gallery director Michael Warren, who believes the theft was targeted.
Strong winds cancel ferry sailings between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen

Strong winds cancel ferry sailings between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen

More sailings are at risk of cancellation if conditions do not improve, B.C. Ferries warns.
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