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

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Crown says story told by Regina man accused of rape on Plenty of Fish date is 'preposterous'

Warning: This story contains graphic language and disturbing content.

Selfie museum or science lab? Exhibit sparks joy and debate

A summer exhibit at the Saskatchewan Science Centre looks to spark joy in people using scientifically proven design elements, and to examine the social phenomena of selfie museums.

'Our hurt, our loss, our tears': MMIWG report an emotional milestone for Sask. Indigenous women

Indigenous women who spent years fighting for a national inquiry into the disproportionate number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls are travelling from across Canada to Ottawa to witness the inquiry commissioners hand over their final report and recommendations in Gatineau, Que.

These parents went into debt to get their children private, long-term drug treatment

Parents of drug-addicted children are cashing in retirement savings, remortgaging houses and sinking into debt to pay for private long-term drug treatment. A leading addictions researcher says the 28-day, publicly funded treatment that's become the standard in Canada isn't based on evidence or outcomes.
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'A real smear job': Authors who dispelled myths about Chief Poundmaker applaud exoneration

Two authors who dispelled myths about First Nations involvement in the Northwest Rebellion are applauding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's plans to exonerate Chief Poundmaker.

Regina mother must prove 'bond' with 4-year-old son to stave off deportation

The mother of a 4-year-old Regina boy must prove that staying together with her son is in his best interests.

'Grief is messy': Humboldt Broncos pastor searches for right words on anniversary

Humboldt Broncos team chaplain Sean Brandow was thrust into the national spotlight last year when he shared humour, helplessness, and hope during a televised vigil for victims of the crash. He will deliver a sermon in another televised service to mark the one-year anniversary.

'Torture on the inside': Humboldt Broncos dad dreads anniversary of bus crash

Layne Matechuk suffered a traumatic brain injury in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash on April 6, 2018. His father, Kevin, says the one-year anniversary is triggering anxiety and flashbacks. The Matechuks want to focus on Layne's recovery.

'We can't eat our way out of this problem': Buying canola oil won't offset China's cuts

An online push for Canadians to buy more canola products can't begin to replace China's appetite for roughly five million tonnes of canola seed a year — but canola farmers and industry representatives say every sale and sign of support counts for something.

Judge considers 'shockingly high' sentence request for truck driver in Humboldt bus crash

Legal experts question Crown prosecutor Thomas Healey's reasoning that truck driver Jaskirat Singh Sidhu should receive a 10-year prison sentence related to the Saskatchewan crash that killed 16 people and injured 13 on the Humboldt Broncos bus nearly a year ago.

The 'life sentence' of remorse for drivers who cause deadly crashes

The trucker who caused the Humboldt Broncos bus crash is expected to be sentenced to prison this week. But four drivers who also caused fatal collisions say the true punishment is a lifetime of remorse. They share their experiences living with the consequences of their actions.

From sacred to secular: Canada set to lose 9,000 churches, warns national heritage group

As church attendance drops and building costs rise, congregations across Canada face the gut-wrenching dilemma of whether to sell, tear down or repurpose their old churches. The National Trust for Canada warns that a third of the 27,000 religious buildings in Canada will be lost over the next decade.

'We get soft': Why Regina teacher says kids need to embrace cold, not escape it

A Regina schoolteacher says keeping kids inside on extremely cold days makes them less prepared to enjoy winter, a necessary skill on the prairies. Most schools in Saskatchewan keep students inside when winds makes temperatures feel like –25 C or lower.

Saskatchewan's first Cree-speaking judge reflects on legacy of Cree court as he retires

Saskatchewan's first Cree-speaking judge, Gerald Morin, retires this week. Morin says Indigenous judges increase trust and confidence in the judicial system among Indigenous communities.

'I felt frozen': Woman who says she was raped by Plenty of Fish date asked in court why she didn't fight

A 48-year-old Regina woman testifies what started as a coffee date with a charming gentleman ended with him driving her outside city limits and raping her. The accused, 49, denies doing anything against her will, and the lawyers are battling over whether some questions in court contribute to the "rape myth." (Warning: Story contains graphic language and disturbing content.)