Award History

2018 Finalist

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
for Breaching the Peace: The Site C Dam and a Valley’s Stand against Big Hydro

Jury Citation

"With beautiful writing and compelling storytelling, Sarah Cox brings us to the Indigenous territories and backyards of farmers on the frontlines of the fight to stop the construction of a hydroelectric dam in northern British Columbia. Breaching the Peace explores some of Canada’s most critical contemporary issues — climate change, renewable energy, Indigenous issues, and property rights. Cox elevates this story by taking readers around the globe, from Brazil to Ukraine to China, where other hydroelectric dams have deeply impacted communities. This is the gripping and extraordinary story of a community resisting a powerful Crown corporation to protect the Peace Valley."
— 2018 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Jury (André Picard, Angela Sterritt, and Chris Turner)