Award History

2018 Finalist

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
for Big Lonely Doug: The Story of One of Canada’s Last Great Trees

Jury Citation

"In the face of global ecological chaos, how much does one tree matter? For Harley Rustad, one in particular — a 20-storey Douglas fir standing on Vancouver Island — matters enough to make it the star of a brilliant story about the challenges, losses, and triumphs of conservation today. Rustad is a careful reporter and an excellent storyteller, combining these skills to weave together the ecology of British Columbia and the politics of contemporary environmentalism into a single engaging narrative about Big Lonely Doug, one of Canada’s last great trees."
— 2018 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Jury (André Picard, Angela Sterritt, and Chris Turner)