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Tainted Water Tainted Water Investigation: More than 120 reporters, editors, students and faculty members from coast-to-coast examined lead levels in Canada's drinking water. Photo by Mackenzie Lad.


Learn about and propose solutions to the municipal water problems unearthed in the Institute for Investigative Journalism's Tainted Water investigation.

The Institute for Investigative Journalism’s practical solutions course brings together a cross-disciplinary team in an innovative multidisciplinary summer course in problem-solving and knowledge mobilization.

The course’s current focus is the Tainted Water investigation, which revealed that levels of lead in older homes in many major Canadian cities are comparable to or higher than those in Flint, Michigan, at the height of the crisis there. Our investigation found that smaller communities are more likely affected.

In a summer practicum, a team of students from departments such as civil engineering, computer sciences, public policy, business and other areas are invited to propose and test solutions to assist smaller communities, building on the work of journalists who investigated these issues.

This course runs from Monday, June 1 to Friday, June 5. Sessions take place at the Loyola Campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, with a break for lunch. More details will be available soon.


The program is open to students and professionals with a practice or keen interest in municipal affairs, public health, environmental engineering, and journalism in the public interest.

How to apply

Prospective participants are asked to submit a one-page letter of interest to organizers describing their interest in the course and any relevant experience. These may be sent to Colleen Kimmett, Project Coordinator, Institute for Investigative Journalism.


The cost to attend is $100.00 paid via registration through eventbrite. Kindly submit your letter of interest to Colleen Kimmett, Project Coordiator, Institute for Investigative Journalism before making a payment. You will be contacted upon your acceptance into the course.

About the Institute for Investigative Journalism

Launched in June 2018, the Institute for Investigative Journalism is the first of its kind in Canada, connecting major media outlets with journalism students and faculty from across the country to carry out investigations in the public interest.

This is especially key for communities in Canada that lack resources for large-scale reporting. Sonntag, the institute’s director, is a former managing editor in The New York Times’ News Services division and Concordia’s first journalist-in-residence.

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