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.

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. 

COVID-19

“I called 75 times”: Severe backups at testing call centre hinder Island’s COVID-19 response

By Tori Marlan
Sep 29, 2020

While rapid testing was key to BC’s early success in fighting COVID-19, this has now given way to some of the longest wait times in the country

Wildlife

Can you really just have a python live in your backpack?

By Tori Marlan
Sep 17, 2020

Following up on the ball python who died in Victoria after repeatedly escaping from the bag of its apparently homeless owner.

Health

How thousands of Canadian care home residents are being sedated with potentially deadly drugs

By Tori Marlan
Jul 19, 2020

In some senior's homes, up to half of all residents have been prescribed potentially dangerous anti-psychotics not for psychosis, but because it makes them easier to handle

Crime

EXCLUSIVE: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How Ignored Warnings at William Head Allowed A Killer to Escape

By Tori Marlan
Jun 13, 2020

Our months-long investigation into the correctional system failures now alleged to have resulted in a Metchosin man murdered in his home

COVID-19

The Avoidable Tragedy: How Canadian Public Health Failed to Curb the Carnage of COVID-19

By Tori Marlan
May 30, 2020

It wasn't inevitable that Canada would see 7,000 dead from COVID-19. This is the story of the missed decisions and ignored warnings of the greatest Canadian public health failure of modern times.

COVID-19

As Death Strikes Coastal First Nations, Communities Talk of "Thwarted" Attempts to Protect Themselves

By Tori Marlan
Apr 25, 2020

Only Alert Bay has been allowed to lock down— but their mayor had to catch the virus first