Edmonton

Alberta allows naming of murder suspect

CBC News can now name the Edmonton father accused of killing his two children earlier this week.

CBC News can now name the Edmonton father accused of killing his two children earlier this week.

Jason Bruce Cardinal, 31, was charged after his two sons — one six years old and the other almost four — were found dead in a north Edmonton townhouse early Monday.

In a highly unusual decision Thursday, the province allowed the media to name Cardinal.

"I am satisfied that publication of the name of the accused may be necessary for the proper administration of justice," wrote Robert Hopkins, acting director of Child, Youth and Family Enhancement.

The decision came after CBC News requested permission to name Cardinal.

The province's Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act bans the publication of information that would identify a child or guardian and indicate that the child is receiving or has received services under the act.

The children were in the care of Alberta's Ministry of Children and Youth Services, but were not permanent wards.

The two boys had been living with their mother.

Cardinal faces two counts of first-degree murder. He is still being treated in hospital for injuries, details of which have not been disclosed.

The case will be back in court Jan. 5.