Much of the time, the daily duties of a newsroom reporter revolve around reporting the daily crimes, political meetings, announcements and events happening in the city.
There are the other stories, however — the ones that take more work and sometimes travel, building relationships with communities and sources, and occasionally challenging issues in court.
Here are some of those stories, the ones our CBC Edmonton reporters fought to tell in 2015.
CBC News goes to court to obtain dashcam video
Simona Tibu's arrest near Camrose in August 2013 quickly devolved into a he-said, she-said legal argument between the dentist and her arresting officer, with both claiming the other acted too aggressively.
CBC's Janice Johnston first requested a copy of the dashcam footage showing Tibu's arrest in October 2014. When she was refused, Johnston worked with CBC's lawyers to submit an official request that the video be released. When that, too, was denied, Johnston took the case to Court of Queen's Bench in December 2014, where the justice ruled in her favour.
Update: The two convictions were later overturned by a Court of Queen's Bench justice in December 2015.
- Dashcam footage shows arrest of woman accused of assaulting sheriff
- REPORTER's NOTEBOOK | How CBC News obtained the dashcam footage
- Simona Tibu guilty of assaulting peace officer and resisting arrest
- Simona Tibu, former Camrose dentist, evades jail for assaulting sheriff
Hidden video camera reveals alarming treatment at care centre
It took a hidden video camera for Susan Carter to discover the truth about how her 89-year-old mother ended up lying on the floor at the Kipnes Centre Edmonton care home in January 2015.
When she realized her mother had been pulled from bed by another patient, she contacted CBC's James Hees with the story. Following the publication of the first online news story, seniors advocates called for cameras to be installed throughout facilities like Kipnes. In July, Health Minister Sarah Hoffman reported that Edmonton police were investigating the incident.
- Kipnes Centre patient dragged from bed, family told she fell
- Latest videos show 'rough' treatment at Kipnes care home, daughter says
- Seniors' advocate calls for cameras in care homes after disturbing hidden footage revealed
- Edmonton police probing alleged abuse at Kipnes Centre
Edmonton cousins fighting for ISIS believed killed
Drawing upon years of investigating gangs and radicalization, reporter Andrea Huncar was the first to report that three Edmonton cousins were believed to have been killed while fighting overseas for ISIS.
Huncar followed up with a series of stories highlighting issues around security and the roots of radicalization.
- 3 ISIS recruits from Edmonton believed killed
- Advocates say more needs to be done to prevent youth radicalization
- CSIS has little power to stop terrorist recruitment, experts say
- Local police often not told of national security investigations, experts say
- ISIS suspects known as 'high-risk travellers,' Edmonton police say
Paramedic's suicide brings PTSD, mental health concerns to light
Paramedics in Edmonton were shocked when their colleague Greg Turner took his own life in January 2015. In the weeks following his death, CBC's Marion Warnica spoke to Turner's family and friends who described his ongoing struggle with PTSD and the difficulty he had finding the help he needed.
As Warnica spoke to other paramedics and advocates, she discovered Turner was one of at least four first responders who have committed suicide in Canada since the start of 2015 and that others coping with PTSD and other mental health issues felt barred from seeking help.
- Edmonton first responders mourn sudden death of paramedic
- Regulator's PTSD suspension is 'unlawful,' says human rights lawyer
- Greg Turner's widow Bridget warns other paramedics could be in danger
- EMS mental illness reports spike after paramedic's suicide
- Paramedic with PTSD loses job, may lose house after licence dispute
- PTSD paramedics will be silenced by discrimination, critics warn
Alberta farm fields hopping with trouble
Grasshoppers showed up in big numbers around the province last summer, decimating crops in an already dry year. Reporter Gareth Hampshire travelled to Grande Prairie in July to speak with farmer Grant Gaschnitz about the damage caused by the critters, and what a bad summer could mean for his bottom line.
Dying woman's screams go unanswered
Nadine Skow was stabbed to death inside her central Edmonton apartment in August, and though neighbours heard her screams, and a second woman in the building was attacked only minutes earlier, no one called for help.
CBC's Marion Warnica spoke with neighbours, experts and police to find out why nothing was done.
- How a building full of people ignored a dying woman's screams
- Edmonton murder victim lived to help others, died alone
- Edmonton police charge former boyfriend in 'gruesome' homicide
Teen found not guilty in father's death
You would expect a courtroom packed with reporters in High Level, Alta. for the trial of a 13-year-old who deliberately shot and killed his father. But CBC's Janice Johnston was the only journalist to cover the trial. A short RCMP news release in August, 2013 revealed no clues about who was dead or who was charged — but an anonymous tip to CBC revealed this was a case of patricide on a remote northern Alberta reserve. Johnston kept digging, recognized the importance of the case and the necessity of making it public once it went to trial.
- Alberta teen found not guilty in shooting death of abusive father
- Alberta teen acquitted of murder, but what happens to him now?
Controversy over carding
In September, a CBC Edmonton investigation by Andrea Huncar uncovered widespread concern about police carding among indigenous leaders, people subjected to random street checks, human rights advocates, immigrant groups and some prominent lawyers.
The stories have prompted the Alberta privacy commissioner's office to look into the practice, due to concerns about how the information is collected, used and archived.
- Police street checks: Valuable investigative tool or racial profiling?
- Carding controversy prompts talks between cabinet minister and Edmonton police chief
- Police carding undermines reconciliation, Treaty 6 Grand Chief says
- Alberta privacy commissioner's office looks into carding by Edmonton police
- No changes necessary to street check policy, Edmonton police chief says
- Critics slam Edmonton police street check review
Skin condition sends Edmonton man into the dark
"I can't be out in the sun, like a vampire," said Kevin Crane, who lives on the streets of Edmonton as one of the homeless population, in an interview with CBC's Gareth Hampshire in November.
Crane had a painful skin condition that flared up whenever he was exposed to sunlight, leaving him living an isolated life in the dark. After a chance meeting, Hampshire helped connect Crane with the inner-city medical clinic Boyle McCauley Health Centre, where his condition was finally diagnosed.
Update: About a week after seeing a doctor, Crane called CBC Edmonton to share some good news. He told us the steroid creams he had been prescribed were working wonders. Now speaking clearly through the phone, that gravelly voice caused by swelling in his throat had disappeared. Crane said the sores on his face were healing quickly and it was close to clearing up. No longer was he feeling constant irritation and as a result wasn't drinking to numb the pain.
Now, Hampshire is once again trying to connect with Crane to see the improvement first-hand.
Art gallery in trouble
The Art Gallery of Alberta's future was thrown into jeopardy in early December 2015 after city council refused its request for emergency funds.
CBC city hall reporter Laura Osman was there as the executive director of the Edmonton Arts Council warned city council what could happen to the art space without the funds — and then looked abroad to see what other strategies are being used around the world to keep gallery spaces afloat.