Rachel Ward

Journalist

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

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SIU clears police officers in the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit has cleared five Toronto police officers of wrongdoing in the death of 29-year-old Regis Korchinski-Paquet, the agency that investigates all serious injuries and deaths involving police, announced Wednesday.
CBC Investigates

Lawyer who posted Black Lives Matter 'leftist lie' video resigns from Alberta judicial vetting committee

A lawyer appointed to a committee tasked with recommending new judges in Alberta has resigned after CBC inquired about his recent comparison of a future COVID-19 vaccine to Auschwitz tattoos and posting of a video that called Black Lives Matter a "leftist lie" controlled by a Jewish philanthropist.

Alberta rural communities eye cost, mechanics of proposed provincial police force

Leaders of some rural communities say they'd like to know how an independent provincial police force would work, and how much it would cost, to replace RCMP detachments across Alberta.

Calgary officials thank 'neighbours helping neighbours' after severe thunderstorm

As Calgarians clean up after a weekend of hail and rain, the city's emergency leaders are thanking people for helping their neighbours after the fierce storm.
CBC Investigates

Alberta purges judicial vetting committee for former Tory cabinet ministers, political supporters

Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer removed the entire committee that vets potential provincial court judges and recruited new members through a closed process that experts say is long outdated.

Calgary, Edmonton police chiefs acknowledge systemic racism but insist they're fighting it

The police chiefs of Alberta's two largest forces say they acknowledge the existence of systemic racism in policing but insist work to stamp is out is underway, and that they're dedicated to doing more.

Banff Centre permanently lays off 284 staff, cancels in-person classes

Only a quarter of the usual staff at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity remain on the job as the centre struggles to manage finances during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Calgary officials urge physical distancing, masks ahead of lifting COVID-19 state of emergency

Calgary is lifting its local state of emergency as of Friday but officials continue to urge people to strictly follow public health guidelines to prevent a rebound of COVID-19 cases.

Siksika postpones Black Lives Matter solidarity rally after worker on First Nation tests positive for COVID-19

The Siksika First Nation abruptly called off a planned solidarity walk Monday after a worker on the southern Alberta reserve tested positive for COVID-19.

Cowboy who rode horse to Brazil named Calgary Stampede's virtual parade marshal

A celebrated cowboy, known for long cross-continent treks, has been appointed the parade marshal for the Calgary Stampede.

Top addictions expert calls for Calgary health centre to retract alcoholic cider campaign

A top Alberta addictions specialist is calling on a Calgary health clinic known for its addictions work to withdraw and apologize for its new fundraising campaign that sells alcoholic cider.

Lethbridge gym rethinks breaking Alberta health order

A southern Alberta gym owner who promised to flout COVID-19 science and health guidelines says he'll wait to open his doors until he's heard from health officials.

RCMP apologizes to Alberta man after mishandling drug test in wrongful conviction case

The RCMP have issued a formal apology to a Lac La Biche man who was acquitted of drug charges after it was revealed exonerating evidence had been withheld from him.

Albertans in B.C. border towns find hostile reception at times due to COVID-19 worries

As Albertans seek weekend mountain getaways, some are findings their presence in B.C. communities isn't always warmly received.

Plaque goes missing from historic Calgary rock garden

Volunteers who carefully restored a historic rock garden in Calgary are hoping they get back a plaque they believe was stolen.

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