Joel Dryden

Joel is a reporter/editor with CBC Calgary. In fall 2021, he spent time with CBC's bureau in Lethbridge. He was previously the editor of the Airdrie City View and Rocky View Weekly newspapers. He hails from Swift Current, Sask. Reach him by email at

Latest from Joel Dryden

What to know about the electricity regulations Alberta is threatening to defy

If you haven’t been following this debate closely, it can be difficult to suss out exactly what everyone is talking about when it comes to Ottawa's net-zero rules. Here's why Alberta is upset, and what's really in the draft regulations.

'Everyone deserves to have a roof over their head': How some are turning to motels and campgrounds for housing

Amid an ongoing housing crisis, some in Alberta are turning to alternative living situations outside of homes and apartments, from trailers in RV parks to motels. For some, it's become a "daily battle."
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This lone mountain man is taking on a company owned by the richest Australian in a new Alberta coal battle

It's not your typical legal battle. On one side, a coal company, owned by the richest person in Australia. On the other, Vern, a retired man who lives in a remote mountain cabin who is representing himself in court. It's all part of a bigger fight over the future of coal in Alberta.

Danielle Smith signals support for 'parental rights' as party members pass controversial resolutions

In a speech to party members on Saturday, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith expressed her opposition to federal net-zero rules and needled her federal counterparts in Ottawa, but received the loudest approval of the day after signalling her support for "parental rights."

UCP general meeting kicks off in Calgary with high turnout, questions of unity

A strikingly large crowd streamed into Calgary's BMO Centre on Friday afternoon for the first day of the United Conservative Party's annual general meeting, expected to be a crucial weekend to gauge party unity in light of the involvement of the social conservative group Take Back Alberta.

More than 3,500 delegates expected at UCP AGM as party debates controversial resolutions

Alberta's United Conservatives will hold their second annual general meeting under Premier Danielle Smith on Friday and Saturday, an event that has seen registrations surge with seats on the party’s board up for grabs.

Alberta pension panel chair Jim Dinning says he won't prejudge work as Poilievre, others weigh in

Just four days before he leads up the second telephone town hall on whether Alberta should quit the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Jim Dinning says his panel is in "serious listening mode" and they aren't "pompom wearing cheerleaders" or advocates for a possible provincial pension.

Supreme Court rules environmental impact legislation largely unconstitutional

Canada’s top court has delivered a highly anticipated judgment, writing in a majority opinion that Ottawa’s Impact Assessment Act (IAA), formerly Bill C-69, is largely unconstitutional.

Supreme Court to deliver judgment on environmental impact legislation on Friday

The country's top court is set to deliver a highly anticipated judgment Friday morning on the federal government's environmental impact legislation, one that will provide clarity on an area of law that has long been hotly debated.

Situation 'heartbreaking' as 168 more Albertans die of drug poisoning: physician

Since the start of the year, 1,169 Albertans have died of drug poisoning deaths, including 168 in the month of July, according to new data from the province's substance use surveillance system.