The Grant Rant

A journalist's view from Niagara


Grant LaFleche is an award-winning investigative journalist with The Toronto Star investigative team and The St. Catharines Standard in Niagara, Ontario.

Since he started at the Standard in 1998, Grant has been nominated for 30 Ontario Newspaper Awards, where he has been twice nominated as the journalist of the year. He has also been nominated for five National Newspaper Awards, the top prizes in Canadian journalism, and three Canadian Association of Journalists award.

His 2017 investigative series, The Wolf in Priest’s Clothing, won the Ontario Newspaper Award for feature writing and the National Newspaper Award for local journalism.

59960634_10162250515040001_3322055889472454656_nMore recently, his investigation into Niagara’s regional government, in a series of stories called All The Chair’s Men, played a major role in triggering an Ontario Ombudsman’s investigation into the Niagara Region and impacted the 2018 municipal election. That series won the Ontario Newspaper Awards investigative journalism award, and Grant was named journalist of the year.

All the Chair’s Men also won the National Newspaper Awards George Brown Award for investigative journalism and the community media award from Canadian Association of Journalists.

The series has also earned The Standard its first-ever Canadian Journalism Foundation Award for excellence in journalism and a citation of merit for the Michener Award for public service journalism. (The Michener is Canada’s equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize gold medal for public service journalism.)

His work appears in TorStar/Metroland Niagara newspapers across Canada, including the Hamilton Spectator and Toronto Star.

He was also the host of the Standard’s Lake to Lake podcast and The Standard’s Inside The Newsroom podcast.

Grant has also been a featured commentator on CBC television and radio, the History Channel, and talk-radio stations.

Grant is also a former amateur boxer and boxing trainer and was the co-founder and former a member of the board of directors of the Pearl Gloves charity boxing gala.

You can send Grant anonymous, encrypted news tips to his Protonmail email at

His PGP public key can be found here.

To see more of Grant’s work, visit his online portfolio.

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