6 Jun 2012

Renowned Political Columnist Michael Valpy Wins 2012 Atkinson Fellowship

Michael Valpy has been named the 24th annual Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy. The announcement was made tonight at The Canadian Journalism Foundation’s 15th Annual Awards Gala.  Valpy, an award winning journalist, will be studying social cohesion in Canada.

“I’ve been wanting, as a journalist, for an opportunity to study what holds us together as Canadians. I am enormously grateful to the Atkinson Charitable Foundation, the Toronto Star and the Honderich family to be able to do this.”Valpy’s research entitled, “How Do We Live Together: Diversity, Belonging and Citizenship” will focus on social cohesion in Canada. He aims to explore Canada’s growing generational gap, and widening of inequality as well as the impact of globalism on Canada’s multiculturalism in the hopes of identifying what binds Canadians together. He will identify and measure the fractures in Canadian society with the support of Frank Graves and Ekos Research Associates, a public opinion research firm.  Valpy said of Canada that “We are at the most fragmented that we have been in the last century. Largely, this is due to the generational gulf or chasm we are facing. This is threatening the transfer of values from one generation to the next.”

Michael Valpy is a senior Fellow at Massey College in the University of Toronto.  He is also the 2011-2012 Canwest Global Fellow in Media at University of Western Ontario. He began his journalistic career at The Vancouver Sun and became that newspaper’s national political columnist. For The Globe and Mail, he has been a member of the editorial board, Ottawa political columnist, Africa correspondent, deputy managing editor and columnist on social and political issues.

Valpy has won three National Newspaper Awards and in 2002 he was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, for his work.  He was awarded an honorary doctorate in literature by Trent University.

Established in 1988, the Fellowship is named after The Star’s early publisher Joseph E. Atkinson, and is designed to further Atkinson’s tradition of liberal journalism.  Under the terms of the Fellowship, Valpy will spend a year doing research on the public policy issues outlined above, preparing a series of in-depth articles which will be made available to all Canadian newspapers in the fall of 2013.

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