Barb McLintock was a legendary reporter for The Province on the B.C. legislature. She later grew to become a provincial coroner. She died Saturday in Victoria at age 68
VICTORIA — Barb McLintock, a legendary legislative reporter for The Province and a revered B.C. coroner, died Saturday. She was 68.
“The world has misplaced a beautiful soul,” stated Premier John Horgan. “Barb McLintock was a superior journalist and public servant.”
McLintock, not too long ago recognized with thyroid most cancers, died in hospice surrounded by buddies.
“She was a fantastic reporter and a fantastic individual,” stated Alan Perry, a talk-show host at CFAX radio in Victoria and a longtime good friend.
McLintock was born in Winnipeg and studied psychology and philosophy on the College of Winnipeg. Her father, Peter McLintock, was government editor of The Winnipeg Free Press.
“She headed west as quickly as she graduated and shortly made a reputation for herself in newspapers,” Perry stated.
McLintock labored briefly at The Victoria Instances Colonist earlier than being employed by The Province as a legislative reporter when she was 22 years outdated.
A 1973 Press Gallery picture exhibits McLintock within the entrance row. There have been 22 males within the gallery and simply two girls. The opposite was columnist Marjorie Nichols of The Vancouver Solar, who died in 1991.
McLintock coated B.C. politics for 30 years, together with 21 years because the newspaper’s bureau chief on the legislature. She was a trailblazer for feminine journalists.
McLintock was a hard-working reporter recognized for her photographic reminiscence and quirky private type. She usually sat within the public gallery of the legislature, or the close by Victoria courthouse, knitting or crocheting as she listened to proceedings.
“Politicians, legal professionals, law enforcement officials — all of them trusted her,” Parry stated. “She all the time appeared to get the very best quotes from them.”
“Her nickname was ‘McTick’ however I all the time referred to as her ‘meticulous McTick,’” stated World TV bureau chief Keith Baldrey.
“Her means to recall quotes was uncanny.”
“She was a consummate skilled,” stated Vancouver Solar columnist Vaughn Palmer. “Acute reporting expertise. She may spot the loopholes in a authorities invoice sooner than anybody.”
McLintock spent years investigating sexual abuse of youngsters on the Jericho Hill Faculty for the Deaf, which led to survivors receiving monetary compensation.
She additionally uncovered breaches of health-and-safety requirements at Victoria’s Montreux Clinic for Consuming Issues, which was subsequently shut down.
She received the Canadian Affiliation of Journalists Award for Finest Investigative Reporting in 1996 and the B.C. Newspaper Award for Finest Information Story of the Yr in 1995.
McLintock was a tireless police reporter who would commonly present up at crime scenes to interview law enforcement officials and witnesses.
“I knew Barb properly as did many Victoria law enforcement officials,” stated Victoria Police Chief Dal Manak. “She was a fantastic individual: Trustworthy, trusted and competent.”
McLintock can be remembered as a mentor to many younger reporters who confirmed up the B.C. legislature with confused seems on their faces.
“She was all the time there to assist a fledgling reporter, together with myself,” recalled Brian Kennedy, former Canadian Press correspondent in Victoria.
“She had an encyclopedic data of B.C. politics and would willingly share it with anybody who requested.”
McLintock joined the B.C. Coroners Service in 2004, investigating a whole lot of deaths. In 2011, she grew to become the service’s first Coroner of Strategic Applications, which included managing communications and media relations.
“I can not say sufficient concerning the credibility, professionalism and expertise Barb dropped at the coroners service,” stated B.C. Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe.
“Barb was on a first-name foundation with just about each skilled journalist within the province in addition to a lot of the politicians. Barb was somebody I trusted implicitly.”
Exterior of her careers in journalism and the coroner’s service, McLintock had all kinds of buddies and pursuits.
She was a long-serving chief within the Lady Guides. She liked horses and volunteered at horse exhibits round North America and Europe. She was additionally passionate bird-watcher and nature photographer.
“I’ve been amazed in the present day listening to from her many buddies in so many circles of pursuits,” stated her good friend Shirley Hunter.
“She was a really liked individual.”
A celebration of life is being deliberate for McLintock and shall be held a while within the new 12 months.