Trail Times reporter earns national award

Story on Italian internment exhibit named top historical story by Canadian Community Newspapers Association

Trail Times reporter Sheri Regnier has earned national recognition from the Canadian Community Newspapers Association (CCNA).

Regnier’s story on the Italian internment exhibition, which came to Trail in early 2016, was judged the best Historical Story for newspapers with a circulation up to 3,999.

In the story, Regnier highlighted the exhibit, called “Ordinary Live, Extraordinary Times: Italian Internment Experience” as well as the local residents impacted by the government actions in the 1940s.

The story depicted the upheaval and loss suffered by residents whose families were suddenly torn apart.

Trail was the only city in Western Canada to display the exhibit which was on loan from the Columbus Centre in Toronto.

“When I first heard the library was bringing this to Trail, this was a part of Canadian history that I wasn’t familiar with,” said Regnier.

“Given that Trail people were interned and families impacted was quite shocking. The story needed to be told.”

Readers can revisit the story online at or in our e-edition dated Jan. 12, 2016.

Our sister paper, the Nelson Star, also earned national kudos. It was named the best for local arts coverage for a newspaper its size and earned a third-place honour for a feature story on Nelson residents learning Arabic to welcome refugees.

The Canadian Newspaper Association (CNA) and the Canadian Community Newspapers Association are two separate organizations that partnered to create one industry voice for newspapers in Canada. Combined, the two associations represent over 830 daily, weekly, and community newspapers in every province and territory in Canada.

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