Erin Collins

Senior reporter

Erin Collins is an award-winning senior reporter with CBC National News based in Calgary.

Latest from Erin Collins

Lethbridge hopes to cut drugs, crime in new year

Lethbridge topped the Serious Crime Index and had the most used supervised consumption site in North America. The mayor hopes to reverse those trends next year.

Alberta community's concerns about wind farm echo familiar challenges of Canada's energy transition

Residents of a central Alberta community say they have not been treated fairly by a power company that wants to build a wind farm in their community. It's a dispute that will sound familiar in rural Ontario.

Lack of international visitors a chance for Canadians to see nation's tourist attractions this summer

With international visitors staying away due to the pandemic and border restrictions, this will be a summer like no other and presents an opportunity for Canadians to rediscover many world-renowned attractions and locations in their own backyard.

Alberta urged to help high-tech industry 'at risk' from economic crisis

Technology and innovation companies are looking to the UCP government to provide the incentives needed to attract capital investment to a budding sector.

Why some think Canada's beef business needs more smaller players

As big meat plants deal with outbreaks of COVID-19, industry observers, the National Farmers Union and some smaller players within the sector are asking whether Canada needs a greater number of smaller-scale processors to keep the industry strong.

After more than a century in U.K., Blackfoot relics could soon come home

Alberta's Siksika Nation is lobbying a British museum to return clothing and other items that once belonged to Chief Crowfoot, who signed the historic Treaty 7 between Alberta First Nations and the Crown in 1877.

Volunteers upload the stories of Canadians who died liberating the Netherlands in WW II

May 2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the German occupation of the Netherlands. Thousands of Canadians died liberating the country, and now Dutch and Canadian volunteers are collecting their pictures and stories and posting them online.

Calgary couple builds business and community with coffee

A Mount Pleasant family is building a business and their community with a unique coffee roasting business run out of their home.

Alberta village that started mining coal and shifted to oil and gas struggles to make a go with wind

The village of Halkirk in central Alberta was founded by the coal industry and thrived during the oil boom decades later. Now, its landscape is dotted with wind turbines. As Erin Collins reports, this latest transition hasn't been easy.

On the road in Canada's conservative heartland

Alberta's election is just days away, and if the polls are to be believed the United Conservative Party is set to sweep into power. It signals a trend of sorts, as conservative parties have recently won in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick too, possible signs of a conservative resurgence in Canada.

Local ranchers give land and cattle worth $44M to U of C vet school

The donation of a $44-million ranch will allow students at the University of Calgary's School of Veterinary Medicine to get out of the classroom and get their hands a little dirty.

How the quest for the perfect steak led this Alberta restaurant and ranch to buy an $80,000 bull

A restaurant in Calgary and a southern Alberta ranch have teamed up to buy a prize Angus bull and are using it to breed cattle with an ideal amount of marbling to make the perfect steak.

World Cup fades and comb-overs cause a buzz at Calgary barbershops

The beautiful game's biggest show is in full bloom but it's not just the football that has fans talking during the World Cup.

First Nations teens dig into their ancestors' past at archeological site

A group of First Nations students are getting a chance to dig up their ancestral past while taking part in an archaeology project near Cluny, Alta. The goal is to help the young people reconnect with their history at the source.
Analysis

Rising oil prices could push Alberta back into the black and reverse NDP's political fortunes

Alberta is projecting a deficit of more than $8 billion this year. It is a bottom line that doesn't sit well with many voters in the province, but the rising price of oil could change that fiscal outlook - and possibly also the prospects of Alberta's NDP government.

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