Reid Southwick


Reid Southwick spent 10 years in newspapers reporting in New Brunswick and Alberta before joining CBC in late 2017. In Calgary, he has covered business news, crime and Alberta's fentanyl crisis. Get in touch with Reid by email at or on Twitter @ReidSouthwick.

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This Calgary-based company wants to become a psychedelic unicorn

Psygen, an Alberta business, is seeking to manufacture synthetic psychedelics for the pharmaceutical industry. While the application of hallucinogens in medicine is in its infancy and remains highly speculative, the company is riding a wave of renewed interest in the field.

Why the rise of bitcoin could be the first shot in a currency revolution

Bitcoin’s flirtation with mainstream acceptance and gravity-defying climb in price have made headlines around the world. Underneath the mania is a potential sea change in the world of finance that observers say was made possible by a global pandemic. And what’s at stake is nothing less than a war for the future of money.

U of C sees 'remarkable' drop in undergrads focusing on oilpatch engineering and geology

Analyst says the downturn that’s been weighing on the sector since the middle of the decade has impacted the number of students enrolling in oil-and-gas-related studies.

Major Canadian pot companies facing proposed class-action lawsuits in the U.S.

Some of Canada’s biggest cannabis producers are facing a flurry of proposed class-action lawsuits in the United States after investors were hit with steep financial losses in the stock market.

Police worry about budget cuts at social agencies as crime rate increases

Calgary police say they're worried provincial budget cuts affecting social agencies will diminish broader efforts to handle an ongoing drug and addictions crisis that has led to increased crime.

U.S. recruiters try to entice Calgary companies south of the border with free land, tax breaks

As Calgary businesses grapple with rising property taxes and economic anxiety, U.S. recruiters are trying to lure companies to cities south of the border with land and tax incentives.

'We are helpless': Calgary woman loses life savings in failed real estate deal

Cini John moved her two daughters, then seven and 11, from their home in Malaysia to Calgary nearly four years ago so she could pursue her dream job as a research scientist at a prominent university.

Lacombe dumps curbside recycling while Lethbridge bullish on its new program

When the latest pathway opens next year in Lethbridge, Alta., dog walkers and runners will be tromping over a dump site of beer bottles and pickle jars.

A family legacy: Third-generation Alberta ranchland protected from development

Otto Hansen was a teenager when he arrived in the remote wild of southern Alberta in the 1920s. The Danish immigrant had come from Saskatchewan where he had heard cheaper land was on offer if he travelled farther west.

Rocky View school division struggling with bigger overcrowding problem than Calgary districts

Classrooms across the Rocky View School Division, which covers communities west, north and east of Calgary, are bursting at the seams as student populations grow at a faster rate than what many Calgary schools are facing.