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.

Latest from Reid Southwick

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.

34,000 Albertans jobless for six months or longer

The long wait for work emerged as a significant source of financial and economic hardship for scores of Albertans after the 2014 oil price collapse triggered a recession. This trend hit a peak in April 2017, when nearly 68,000 Albertans were jobless for six months or more. But in the years following the recession, these numbers haven’t fallen back to what economists consider normal levels.

Calgary electricity retailer urges government to scrap overhaul of power market

Jason Kenney’s government is facing renewed pressure to cancel a massive overhaul of Alberta’s power market that one player says will needlessly spike costs by hundreds of millions of dollars.

Alberta will have 2nd largest legal weed market in Canada, report suggests

Alberta pot smokers are expected to spend about $940 million on legal weed by 2024, with the province becoming Canada’s second-largest market for cannabis behind Ontario, according to a new forecast.

Calgary real estate insiders optimistic even as retail chains continue exodus

Bankrupt retailers have left Calgary malls and other commercial landlords scrambling to fill yawning gaps of vacant space in recent months, but industry insiders are not pushing the panic button as they see some bright spots in the retail landscape.

Historic Red Deer weekly newspaper publishes last issue as owner seeks savings

The Red Deer Express, a historic weekly newspaper in Alberta's third-largest city, published its last edition Wednesday. The paper's owner also plans to shutter its printing press.

NDP says its campaign is now more organized in Calgary, but will it matter?

New Democrat Kathleen Ganley ran her 2015 campaign in Calgary-Buffalo out of her Ford Taurus station wagon. She didn’t have a campaign manager or many volunteers beyond family and friends.

Health officials scramble to confront meth 'epidemic' in emergency rooms

A meteoric rise of methamphetamine use in Alberta is forcing health officials to explore new options to handle patients who are high on the drug — with sometimes violent and abusive behaviour — when they end up in emergency rooms.

Patients out thousands after orthodontist who owes bank $2.8M abruptly shuts down practice

Parents who sent their children to a Calgary orthodontist say they’re owed thousands of dollars after the decades-old business in Brentwood closed last month over financial problems.