Alanna Smith

Alanna Smith, Canadian Press reporter

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Hope hinges on emergency: Homeless shelter in central Alberta on brink of closure

When Red Deer, Alta., renewed its state of local emergency in response to rising COVID-19 cases, workers at an emergency shelter were overcome with relief.

'They are trying to kill us': Alberta city at odds with homeless outreach group

An outreach worker and a nurse lean over an orange mesh fence to speak to a woman on the other side as tents flap in the cold wind at a homeless camp in central Alberta.

'I don't belong here': Homeless Albertans describe life in Wetaskiwin encampment

Alvin Johnson holds on to a tarp flying in the wind as his partner tries to secure the corners of their tent with shards of wood.

Alberta doctors call for more drug-use sites to reduce strain on acute-care resources

A group of Edmonton physicians says the Alberta government's overhaul of harm reduction supports for people who use drugs is needlessly straining acute care resources as COVID-19 demands grow.

'Here we go again': Albertans react to latest slate of COVID-19 health rules

As an emergency alert blared across the province notifying Albertans of another round of public health restrictions, some felt a range of emotions: anger, confusion, exhaustion.

How the political parties are addressing Canada's overdose crisis

Most of Canada's main federal parties have voiced support during the election campaign for removing criminal penalties for simple drug possession and offering safer alternatives to street-level drugs as overdose deaths reach record-high levels across the country.

'Boiling point': Alberta doctors warn of health system collapse as COVID cases climb

Alberta's health-care system is on the verge of collapse, warns a group of physicians who are pleading with the government to strengthen public health measures to fend off a relentless fourth wave of COVID-19.

Addictions experts criticize undercover police operation near Calgary drug-use site

Steps away from Calgary's only supervised consumption site, a man unknowingly sold an undercover police officer a small amount of methamphetamine — one-fifth of a gram in a clear plastic bag for $10.

Alberta premier says he won't 'take lectures' from federal health minister on COVID-19

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he won't "take lectures" from federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu on how to handle COVID-19.

Thousands gather at Calgary Stampede's live music venue

A bird's-eye view of a popular live music venue on its first night at the Calgary Stampede showed hundreds of people standing close together, waiting for a swab or to hand over proof of a COVID-19 vaccination.