Allison Dempster

Reporter-Producer

Allison Dempster is an award-winning national reporter and producer with CBC News based in Calgary.

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CBC Investigates

Kenney, Callaway campaigns collaborated to attack Brian Jean during UCP leadership race, leaked documents show

The leadership campaign of Jason Kenney collaborated with fellow candidate Jeff Callaway’s campaign during the party’s 2017 United Conservative Party leadership race, leaked internal UCP documents obtained by CBC News show.

Wildfire soot darkening glaciers could speed up melt rate, scientists fear

Scientists who study glaciers say the darkening of ice — linked to wildfires — could speed up the melt rate of glaciers already in retreat.

Small-town Alberta welcomes Mennonites with English lessons

An adult literacy program in Taber, Alta., is helping the growing number of Low German-speaking Mennonites, new to the area, to learn English.
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Heroes, Hustlers and Horsemen: The full series

Heroes, Hustlers and Horsemen is a podcast series from CBC Calgary about real people who lived in southern Alberta around the time of confederation and a few decades beyond. These are the whisky-soaked, down and dusty, gun-slinging kinds of stories they leave out in school.
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Master of re-invention: How this American soldier and whisky trader became Alberta's first MP

Heroes, Hustlers and Horsemen is a podcast series from CBC Calgary about real people who lived in southern Alberta around the time of confederation and a few decades beyond. These are the whisky-soaked, down and dusty, gun-slinging kinds of stories they leave out in school.
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From the life of a slave to a living legend: How John Ware left his indelible mark on Alberta

Heroes, Hustlers and Horsemen is a podcast series from CBC Calgary about real people who lived in southern Alberta around the time of confederation and a few decades beyond. These are the whisky-soaked, down and dusty, gun-slinging kinds of stories they leave out in school.

'Dogged in his pursuit of justice': Lawyer Hersh Wolch who championed the wrongfully convicted dies at 77

Prominent Calgary lawyer Hersh Wolch — a passionate, tenacious defender of the wrongfully convicted — has died of a heart attack at the age of 77.
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Meet Jerry Potts: The warrior, tracker, trader, hunter and horseman who shaped Alberta

Heroes, Hustlers and Horsemen is a podcast series from CBC Calgary about real people who lived in southern Alberta around the time of confederation and a few decades beyond. These are the whisky-soaked, down and dusty, gun-slinging kinds of stories they leave out in school.
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'Diamond Dolly' and the brothels of early Calgary

Heroes, Hustlers and Horsemen is a podcast series from CBC Calgary about real people who lived in southern Alberta around the time of confederation and a few decades beyond. These are the whisky-soaked, down and dusty, gun-slinging kinds of stories they leave out in school.
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How the legend of Deerfoot rallied Calgary — and ruined the man

Heroes, Hustlers and Horsemen is a podcast series from CBC Calgary about real people who lived in southern Alberta around the time of confederation and a few decades beyond. These are the whisky-soaked, down and dusty, gun-slinging kinds of stories they leave out in school.

New grants aim to improve arthritis treatment in children

Arthritis is typically associated with older adults, but it can affect children too. And researchers at the University of Calgary are exploring better ways to diagnose and treat the disease in youngsters.

B.C. election won't be a factor in pipeline progress, Alberta ministers insist

Alberta cabinet ministers say the uncertainty caused by the results of the B.C. election won't change anything for the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

'Easier to judge than to understand': MRU mental health conference focuses on fentanyl

About 120 participants at Mount Royal University mental health conference in Calgary discuss tools for dealing with addiction and the fentanyl crisis.

Man in wheelchair's struggle to sit with friend at concert prompts call for more accessible seating

Two music fans are calling for more accessible seating at the Jack Singer concert hall, after they were told they couldn't sit side by side in the wheelchair section, where they've had Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra season tickets for about a decade.

'You gotta walk your talk': Siksika chief and councillors to undergo drug tests

The chief and council for Siksika Nation are voluntarily taking drug tests in an attempt to set a good example, as they tackle a crystal meth problem on the southern Alberta reserve.