Tori Marlan

Tori Marlan is Capital Daily’s Investigative Reporter. She is a generalist based in Victoria, and she speaks English. She has worked in print, digital, audio, and comics journalism. Her work has been featured by many outlets in Canada and the US, including The Walrus Magazine, The Atavist Magazine, BuzzFeed News, The Seattle Times, the Texas Observer, Pacific Standard, The Marshall Project, and The Appeal. She has also contributed to CBC Radio’s The Doc Project, This American Life, Weekend America, and the Tablet Magazine podcast Vox Tablet. In 2006, she received a fellowship from the Alicia Patterson Foundation to write about detained child immigrants in the US. She was previously a staff writer for the Chicago Reader, specializing in immersion journalism. Her favourite kind of stories hold those in power to account, explore the real-world effects of policies, and illuminate subcultures. She also likes to profile fascinating people you’ve never heard of. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists. You can contact Tori at or on Twitter @torimarlan.


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


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


‘The gaps become chasms’

By Tori Marlan
Dec 30, 2020

Sequilla Stubbs needs supportive housing. All the province has offered is a hospital bed. Updated January 27, 2022.


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


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. 


“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


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.


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