Bonnie Allen

Senior reporter

Bonnie Allen is a senior news reporter for CBC News based in Saskatchewan. She has covered stories from across Canada and around the world, reporting from various African countries for five years. She holds a master's degree in international human rights law from the University of Oxford. You can reach her at

Latest from Bonnie Allen

#LoganBouletEffect and Green Shirt Day still inspire organ donors, 5 years after bus crash

A two-time organ transplant recipient from Regina designed the 2023 Green Shirt Day logo, as the memory of Logan Boulet and the Humboldt Broncos bus crash continues to inspire organ donors across Canada.

He used to skip class. Now he's teaching in the Regina school that changed his life

It’s a full-circle moment for a young First Nations man in Regina. Draydin Cyr, 22, is doing his teaching internship at the middle school that changed his life.

Make fentanyl test strips ubiquitous, like free condoms and COVID rapid tests, says grieving mother

Colleen LaRocque says a fentanyl test strip might have saved her son's life. He died from a fentanyl overdose in August 2020 after doing cocaine laced with fentanyl at a party. Other grieving families also share what they think could save some lives.

1,200 people have died from overdoses in Saskatchewan in 3 years. Who were they?

More than 1,200 people have died from suspected or confirmed overdoses in Saskatchewan since the beginning of 2020. A CBC Saskatchewan project shares the faces and names of many of those we lost during those three years, taking the conversation beyond statistics and stereotypes.

Saskatoon high school student who fled Afghanistan wins $100,000 scholarship

A young woman who fled Afghanistan and now attends high school and works in Saskatoon has won a prestigious $100,000 scholarship. Twenty-year-old Banin Arjmand is excited for her future, but worries about girls who can't attend school in her home country.

Homeless man receives Queen's Jubilee Award for saving others on cold Meadow Lake streets

Ernest McPherson, a homeless man in Meadow Lake, Sask., has been recognized with a Queen's Platinum Jubilee medal for his efforts to patrol the streets at night in search of other homeless people who may be freezing to death.

Cowboys and Cree hockey players face off in 40th edition of the Battle of the Little Big Puck

A community in southwest Saskatchewan will celebrate the 40th edition of the "Battle of the Little Big Puck" on Saturday. The charity hockey game pits rodeo cowboys against their Cree neighbours in an event that celebrates respect, unity and friendship.

Separated family pleased Canada may fast-track immigration applications from people in earthquake zone

A group of volunteers in Saskatoon who want reunite a 10-year-old boy with his parents, who are stuck in Turkey, are encouraged by news that Canada may fast-track existing applications from people in the earthquake zones of Turkey and Syria.

For every dollar donated to CNIB's 'urgent' guide dog campaign, it spends 52 cents on fundraising

A high-profile advertising campaign by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) says the demand for guide dogs in Canada is at "crisis levels." A review by a charity watchdog shows that for every dollar the non-profit raises, it spends more than half on fundraising costs.

From pollution to power: Canada's first Indigenous-owned bioenergy facility opens

The Meadow Lake Tribal Council, comprised of nine First Nations, has opened the first 100 percent Indigenous-owned bioenergy facility in Canada. The facility uses wood waste generated from the tribal council's sawmill to generate heat and power.