Author

Tori Marlan

Tori's in-depth reporting has been widely published in media outlets in the US and Canada, including The Walrus Magazine and CBC’s The Doc Project. Previously, she was a staff writer for the Chicago Reader, where her stories on the criminal justice system exposed police misconduct, illegal strip searches, and systemic problems with the Chicago Police Department’s staffing practices. After she wrote about the state of Illinois’ refusal to treat a prisoner for Hepatitis C, the Department of Corrections reversed course and began giving him and other prisoners the medical attention they needed. In 2006, she received an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship to write about children in US immigration detention centres.

Know Your Neighbour

Penniless: why a Victoria man has gone two decades without money

By Tori Marlan
Jul 14, 2021

David Johnston won’t touch money, except to destroy it

Crime

UPDATE: Durkin and Gregory ordered to pay special costs

By Tori Marlan
Jun 24, 2021

Special costs are awarded in cases of “reprehensible” conduct during litigation

Homelessness

After the campers

By Tori Marlan
May 23, 2021

We spent a day with a clean-up effort in Beacon Hill Park

Crime

The man who stole a hotel: How Timothy Durkin took control of Sooke Harbour House

By Tori Marlan
Apr 22, 2021

A fugitive from the US started fresh on Vancouver Island—then bilked new victims out of millions of dollars while law enforcement refused to act

Homelessness

Van life and death: a memorial ceremony in Beacon Hill Park remembers man who died in van fire

By Tori Marlan
Mar 10, 2021

Mike Lockhart died on the morning of March 4 when his camper caught fire. Police are investigating

Housing

‘The gaps become chasms’

By Tori Marlan
Dec 30, 2020

Sequilla Stubbs needs supportive housing. All the province has offered is a hospital bed.

Immigration

How COVID-19 backlogs are keeping a Saanich family from going to school

By Tori Marlan
Nov 7, 2020

With Canada experiencing massive backlogs in immigration, newly arrived families across the province could be unable to obtain the documents needed to enrol their kids in school

COVID-19

With COVID-19 benefits ending, eviction looms for Victoria’s jobless

By Tori Marlan
Oct 17, 2020

As back rent now comes due, the pandemic has outlived the province’s protections.