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Annie Burns-Pieper

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About Annie
Annie Burns-Pieper is an award-winning Canadian journalist based in Montreal, Quebec who has worked with Al Jazeera, BBC, The Globe and Mail, CBC, The Toronto Star, The Thomson Reuters Foundation,  CTV and Global News.

She specializes in investigative journalism.

Documentary, podcast, investigative, investigations, Canada, cross-border, newspaper, digital, print, interviewing.
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Nearly half of hospitals failed to report adverse drug reactions despite laws requiring them to, analysis finds

01 Oct 2023  |  The Globe and Mail
Nearly half of Canadian hospitals failed to report serious adverse drug reactions despite mandatory reporting laws, raising concerns about the quality of data used by Health Canada to assess drug safety. The analysis revealed significant discrepancies in reporting, with some hospitals reporting no incidents and others reporting over 1,000. Experts suggest that inconsistent reporting may be due to a lack of clear guidelines and insufficient training. The article highlights the importance of accurate data for drug safety and the potential need for stricter enforcement of reporting requirements.

Why the feds' $1.7B investment in new infrastructure in First Nations hasn’t accounted for climate change

24 Feb 2021  |  Canada's National Observer
The federal government's $1.7 billion investment in new infrastructure for First Nations communities has not adequately accounted for climate change, leading to vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure like water treatment plants. Experts argue that climate change considerations should be mandatory in project designs to ensure long-term resilience. While Infrastructure Canada has implemented such requirements for municipal and provincial projects, Indigenous Services Canada has not, citing respect for First Nations' autonomy. Critics, including NDP MP Charlie Angus, argue that this approach is a cost-saving measure that ultimately places First Nations at risk. The article highlights the need for policy changes to incorporate climate resilience in all infrastructure projects, regardless of size.

Trudeau gov. approved $1.9M for contractor that didn’t complete Neskantaga water project on time

10 Dec 2020  |  Global News
An Ontario company, Kingdom Construction, will receive $1.9 million from federal funds to settle a legal claim after being asked to leave a First Nation reserve due to delays in a water treatment project. The Neskantaga Nation, under Canada's longest boil-water advisory, evacuated over water safety concerns. The settlement, nearly double the project's original cost, was confirmed by Indigenous Services Canada. The federal government will investigate the business practices of contractors involved in the project, with terms of reference being co-developed with the Neskantaga First Nation. Kingdom Construction's president expressed satisfaction with the settlement and a desire to move on, despite confusion over the contract termination.

Female-run metro station in Calcutta aims to improve safety, empower women

02 Aug 2019  |  The Globe and Mail
The article discusses the initiative by Calcutta Metro to empower women by staffing Netaji Bhavan station entirely with female employees, from management to maintenance. This move aims to provide security to female passengers and encourage women's participation in the workforce, which has declined in India. The article highlights the broader context of women's safety in Indian public transportation, especially after the 2012 Delhi bus gang rape. It also covers other women-centric transportation services like She Taxi, a cab service for women driven by women, which faces challenges due to competition from companies like Uber and Ola Cabs. The article underscores the need for more comprehensive measures to ensure women's safety and the hope that with education, gender-segregated transportation will no longer be necessary.

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Unreported: Sexual violence on public transit

09 Jul 2019  |  The Globe and Mail
The article from The Globe and Mail investigates the underreporting and tracking of sexual violence on Canada's public transit systems. Through Freedom of Information requests, the newspaper found that nearly 4,000 incidents of sexual assault or harassment were recorded on the country's 22 largest transit systems between 2013 and 2017, with the majority of victims being women. However, these numbers are likely lower than the actual occurrences due to various reasons, such as incidents at bus stops not being counted, misclassification of incidents, and lack of proper reporting mechanisms. The article highlights individual cases where victims' reports were not included in official statistics and discusses the need for better data collection and safety measures. Transit authorities in some cities, like Calgary, are working to improve their data-collection methods as a result of the findings. The article also points out that most transit systems only track criminal acts, leaving out non-criminal forms of sexual harassment, and that some transit workers have discouraged passengers from filing complaints.

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