Bonnie Allen

Senior Reporter

Bonnie Allen is a senior reporter for CBC News based in Saskatchewan. Before returning to Canada in 2013, Allen spent four years reporting from across Africa, including Libya, South Sudan, Liberia and Sierra Leone. She holds a master's in international human rights law from the University of Oxford. @bonnieallenCBC

Latest from Bonnie Allen

Woman who was raped on Plenty of Fish first date is relieved attacker was deported

A Regina woman who was driven outside the city and sexually assaulted on a first date with a man she met on the Plenty of Fish dating site is relieved to learn her rapist has been deported from Canada.
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Small towns dig deep during pandemic to save their rinks and halls, one cheesecake at a time

Small towns are finding creative ways to raise money that’s desperately needed to secure the future of their rinks, pools, halls, fire trucks and more. They face shrinking populations, rising operation costs and — during the pandemic — the inability to make or raise money in traditional ways.

In trying to contain COVID-19, we could be missing spread of HIV, hepatitis C and syphilis, experts warn

Public health experts say the COVID-19 pandemic has overshadowed other epidemics that need attention. Testing for HIV and hepatitis C has plummeted in Saskatchewan, where blood-borne and sexually transmitted infections continue to spread at alarming rates.

In a Regina retirement home, boxing and pool keep pandemic loneliness at bay

Much of the national spotlight has focused on the plight of seniors either facing deadly COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care homes or crippling isolation inside their own homes. But some seniors have managed to combat loneliness by staying social and active in retirement homes.

This ICU nurse turns COVID-19 vaccine-vial caps into art

When ICU nurse Shawn Toovey isn't caring for some of Saskatchewan's sickest patients, he's collecting scrap medical plastics, including medicine bottles, syringe covers and vaccine-vial caps, to make artwork. The ICU nurse uses art to relieve work-related stress after experiencing burn out a few years ago.
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'Meant to be': How this WWII veteran cheated death 4 times to find love

Second World War veteran Reg Harrison says his love story was "meant to be." He survived four plane crashes and returned home to meet the fiancée of his best friend, who had died in the war.

For homeless people trying to stay safe in pandemic, federal housing program is a lifeline, say advocates

Reduced access to homeless shelters during the pandemic has made an already vulnerable population more so, but advocates say a federal housing program that finds homes and support for people living on the streets offers respite for some.

'Ray of hope' Regina woman who faced 9 cancer diagnoses dies at 55

Dionne Warner has died at age 55, after her 9th bout with cancer. The Regina woman, who shared her story of repeated diagnoses publicly to spread hope to cancer patients and survivors, opted for medical assistance in dying at her home on Monday, Feb. 1.

Mothers call for support, not threats, as Sask. and P.E.I. end birth alerts

P.E.I. and Saskatchewan become the latest provinces to ban birth alerts. Two Saskatchewan women who were the subject of birth alerts call for more supports that would keep moms and babies together.

'They call us every day': COVID-19 case monitors are a lifeline for those waiting out illness at home

In some provinces, including Saskatchewan and Manitoba, public health workers make daily phone calls to people with COVID-19 to actively monitor their symptoms and compliance with the rules. The practice is recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada, but some provinces do not actively monitor cases.

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