Rachel Ward

Journalist

Rachel Ward is a journalist with CBC Calgary. You can reach her with questions or story ideas at rachel.ward@cbc.ca.

Latest from Rachel Ward

Alberta farmer rear-ended in tractor urges caution in harvest season

After escaping a collision without serious injury, Alberta farmer Jeff Kromm is urging drivers to be diligent during haying and harvest.

Evacuation north of Lethbridge ends after CP Rail train leaks octane

A derailed Canadian Pacific Railway train, leaking octane, forced the evacuation of several communities and closed an Alberta highway frequently used as an alternative route between Calgary and Lethbridge. That order was lifted later in the afternoon.

Alberta NDP call for firing after minister wonders if naloxone may be 'enabler' of opioid abuse

Alberta's associate minister of mental health is facing a call for removal from his job after comments he made about an opioid antidote. After an event Friday, Jason Luan told reporters that he had learned naloxone, an opioid overdose antidote, has been used as a way to push the limits of opioid dosing.

Alberta squeaks out title as Canada's top cannabis market with $123.6M sold

Albertans have pulled out their wallets for legal weed more often than other Canadians, new data shows.

Alberta's 'stormy summer' clocks record tornado and hail reports

The province is seeing an uptick in severe weather reports — and strange happenings of waterspouts, multiple tornado warnings and even three hikers struck by lightning in the same weekend.

Southeast Alberta fires leave 'blank, black slate' over farmers' fields

Fires in southeastern Alberta have burned several farmers' fields, keeping firefighters busy this weekend.

'Passionate' teacher, student mourned after Alberta mid-air glider collision

Alberta's amateur flying community is planning vigils to mark the loss of experienced instructor Allan Wood and student Adam Leinweber.

Do chuckwagon races amount to 'cruel' abuse or save horses from slaughter? Here's what you said

Is chuckwagon racing a barbaric abuse of animals that should be banned? Or a proud rural tradition that saves horses from the slaughterhouse and provides a comfortable life? CBC readers weigh in.

Chuckwagon driver banned from future Calgary Stampedes after latest horse death this year

A driver has been fined $10,000 and banned from competing in this Calgary Stampede and future ones after a horse died in Thursday's chuckwagon races.

3 men presumed drowned in Alberta over long weekend

Two men in their 20s and one man in his 30s are presumed drowned after falling into the water in Alberta over the weekend in separate incidents. 

Calgary's Christmas lights festival may be over as society butts heads with city

Calgary's annual Christmas lights display at Calgary's Confederation Park golf course may be over.

Gay rodeo returns to Alberta, ready to dance, party and get dirty

Alberta's gay rodeo stars are dusting off their cowboy boots and getting ready to party. The rodeo's coming back after a three-year hiatus.

Unusual thunderstorm floods parts of Calgary, dumps up to 70 mm of rain

The weather stranded vehicles in water, closed intersections, backlogged traffic, delayed flights and sparked power outages.

Wildfire smoke blankets Calgary to Red Deer, bringing very high-risk air quality

People in southern Alberta are being urged to stay indoors with windows closed Friday, as wildfire smoke blankets much of the region.

Rich deposit of artifacts dug up in Calgary park

Indigenous cooking rocks, an earring and an old skate blade have been dug up in a Calgary park.