Jennifer Lee


Jennifer Lee is a CBC News reporter based in Calgary. She worked at CBC Toronto, Saskatoon and Regina, before landing in Calgary in 2002. If you have a health or human interest story to share, let her know.

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Are kids key vectors in the spread of COVID-19 or not? U of C scientists want to know

University of Calgary researchers are leading a North American study that aims to unlock some of the mysteries around how kids spread the virus that causes COVID-19 — information that could inform policy decisions around school re-openings or operations down the line.

Experts warn young Albertans to stick to health guidelines as Canada Day approaches

Health officials first warned of an increase in young adults testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this month. Doctors are keeping a close eye on the trend as restrictions continue to ease and Albertans ponder their Canada Day plans.

Could vaccine-preventable diseases surge as Alberta reopens?

Alberta's public health clinics offering routine childhood immunizations remained open even as other health services shut down. But doctors suspect parents may have kept their kids away during the pandemic. The data is unclear.

Care home isolation takes 'heartbreaking' toll on Albertans as pandemic drags on

Ruth Dantes' 91-year-old mother is lonely, scared and depressed after months in isolation. She recently tried to escape from her care home in the middle of the night.

Calgary doctor hopeful as Health Canada works to address serious drug shortage

An Alberta doctor says she's relieved to hear Health Canada is taking steps to address a nationwide shortage of a key thyroid drug.

Alberta doctor fears for pregnant patients as supplies of key thyroid medication dwindle

Concerns are growing about a nationwide shortage of a drug to treat thyroid problems, which doctors say could put the health of thousands of Canadian patients — including pregnant women — at risk.

Thousands of cancer screening tests halted during pandemic restart in Alberta

The province suspended cancer screening to prepare the health-care system for COVID-19 patients. That postponed an estimated 40,000 mammograms. As those tests resume, doctors are working to identify roughly 250 breast cancers that went undiagnosed for two months.

Unique help line aims to connect Albertans who need physical therapy during pandemic

A new advice line set up to help Albertans with physical disabilities and injuries connect with rehabilitation advice during the pandemic is believed to be the first of its kind in Canada.

Calgary mother worries some disabled Albertans are being overlooked during pandemic

Laverne Bissky — whose 24-year-old daughter has a severe form of cerebral palsy as well as Type 1 diabetes — says health-care aides should not be allowed to work in long-term care facilities while working in individual homes.

Calgary doctor worries about vulnerable workers as some businesses prepare to reopen

There are concerns about the impact Alberta's relaunch could have on vulnerable workers including those employed in lower-paying sectors with little job security.

Calgary woman moves dad from long-term care home amid calls to stop the deaths

Nearly three-quarters of Alberta's COVID-19 deaths have been in continuing care settings. Advocates, unions and geriatric experts are calling for tougher measures to control the outbreaks.

Nurses allege lack of cleaning and isolation contributed to deadly COVID-19 outbreak at Calgary care home

Two nurses say they believe staffing shortages, a failure to properly clean and ineffective isolation practices contributed to the COVID-19 outbreak at a southeast Calgary continuing care facility that has killed more than a dozen people and infected at least 90 others.

'It feels like a bad nightmare': Daughter of first Calgary nursing home COVID-19 victim speaks out

Gayle Neal's mother was the first person to die of COVID-19 at the McKenzie Towne nursing home, the site of the largest long-term care outbreak in Alberta. There have been eight deaths, and 72 residents and staff have tested positive.

'The house is on fire': Nearly 600 Alberta doctors raise alarm about future of health care

Hundreds more Alberta doctors are lending their voices to the growing outcry against the provincial government's sweeping changes to the way physicians are paid.

Hospital care could suffer due to fee cuts, Alberta doctors warn

Alberta doctors are warning the provincial government's move to replace key billing codes for physicians working inside publicly funded facilities — and reduce their pay — is creating uncertainty and could negatively affect patient care at the province's hospitals.