“Truth does not fear investigation.”

CANDIS MCLEAN

Launching her career with a regular column in the Yorkton Enterprise at the age of 16, Candis earned a BA and MA in English from the University of Saskatchewan before moving to Calgary. There she worked in print and radio, winning the Canadian Radio and Television News Directors award for outstanding work in the documentary field. Her proudest moment came in 2004 when her cover story about forgotten victims of tainted blood transfusions was placed on the desk of every MP, and a parliamentary committee later unanimously voted to open the compensation fund to all victims. “[Your article] put a face to the plight of the victims,” wrote a spokesperson with the Canadian Hemophilia Society, “and created a blueprint on how the government could move forward.” In 2005, Candis teamed up with her son, Stuart, to produce a film documentary, When Police Become Prey: What Lies Behind ‘Starlight Tours.’ After screenings in Canadian centres, their film won the coveted award, “Audience Choice for Best Documentary,” at the 2010 New Hope Film Festival in Pennsylvania. Pursuing her interest in Aboriginal peoples, she worked with Vancouver lawyer Calvin Helin on his book Dances with Dependency: Indigenous Success through Self-reliance, which became an international best-seller.