Metroland members clean up at BNC Awards

Chris Seto of the Guelph Mercury Tribune won first place in the investigative reporting category for this story on how the fentanyl crisis has affected the Guelph community at the BNC Awards.

Unifor Local 87-M would like to congratulate our members at Metroland for their achievements at this year’s Ontario Community Newspapers Association BNC Awards. The awards recognize excellence in community newspapers. Unifor is proud of the contributions our members have made for their community publications. A full list of winners can be found here.

General Excellence Awards (awarded by circulation) were awarded to the following:

  • 1st place: Dundas Star News
  • 1st place: Hamilton Mountain News
  • 2nd place: Orangeville Banner
  • 2nd place: Niagara this Week, The Leader
  • 2nd place: Listowel Banner
  • 3rd place: Niagara This Week, Town Crier
  • 3rd place: Waterloo Chronicle
  • Honourable Mention: New Hamburg Independent

Premier Awards were awarded to the following:

  • Arts & Entertainment

1st place: Niagara This Week, Town Crier

Honourable Mention: Listowel Banner

  • Best Editorial-3rd place: Waterloo Chronicle

Honourable Mention: Waterdown Flamborough Review

  • Feature Writing

2nd place: Waterloo Chronicle

3rd place: Burlington Post


  • Heritage Writing-1st place: Kitchener Post
  • Best Investigative News Story-1st place: Guelph Mercury Tribune
  • Best News Story, circ. over 10 000

2nd place: Burlington Post

3rd place: Guelph Mercury Tribune

  • Best Rural Story-2nd place: Waterdown Flamborough Review
  • Sport & Recreation Story

1st place: New Hamburg Independent

  • Best Headline Writing-1st place: New Hamburg Independent
  • Humour Columnist of the Year-3rd place: Niagara This Week, Fort Erie Post - James Culic
  • Columnist of the Year-1st place: Dundas Star News - Gordon Cameron
  • Reporter of the Year - Honourable Mention: Burlington Post - Tim Whitnell
  • Best Feature Photo-2nd place: Oakville Beaver
  • Best Sports Photo-Honourable Mentions: Cambridge Times, Grimsby Lincoln News
  • Best Spot News Photo-3rd place: Burlington Post
  • Best News Photo-3rd place: Dundas Star News
  • Photographer of the Year-2nd place: Milton Canadian Champion - Graham Paine
  • Cartoonist of the Year

1st place: Cambridge Times - C.A. Grey

Honourable Mention: Stoney Creek News - Mike Vukovich

  • Special Section-Honourable Mention: Guelph Mercury Tribune - Canada 150 supplement
  • In House Promotion-2nd place: Burlington Post
  • Original Ad Idea

1st place: Milton Canadian Champion
3rd place: Waterdown Flamborough Review
Honourable Mentions: Burlington Post

  • Use of Process Colour

1st place: Caledon Enterprise
2nd place: Haldimand County, The Sachem

  • Best Community Website-Honourable Mention: Burlington Post
  • Multimedia Online/Best Online Experience for a Story

1st place: Hamilton Mountain News
1st place: Stoney Creek News