Andrea Huncar

Reporter

Andrea Huncar reports on human rights, immigrant and Indigenous communities, youth at-risk and the justice system. Contact her in confidence at andrea.huncar@cbc.ca

Latest from Andrea Huncar

Wetaskiwin explores next steps to build more inclusive city

City council has passed a motion that could see a growing grassroots campaign of inclusivity become official.

Edmonton schools failing Black students, advocates say

A lack of Black educators, cultural bias and prejudicial academic streaming are just some ways Edmonton schools are failing Black students, say parents and advocates.

Homophobic letter fuels inclusivity campaign in Wetaskiwin

Wetaskiwin residents are rallying against hate in response to two homophobic incidents this month.

Alberta jails breaching pandemic protocols, lawyers warn province

A group of Alberta lawyers says ongoing violations of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Alberta jails is putting inmates at staff at high risk.

Distorted image of billboard promoting racial equality leads to lesson for angry callers

The giant ads were intended to promote peace and equality in Edmonton. Instead a distorted image of the billboard circulating on social media stirred up Islamophobia.

Vigilante justice or community safety? Protesters target Albertans on bail accused of crimes against children

Over the last few weeks, Albertan protesters have targeted men on bail accused of crimes against children. They say the criminal justice system is broken, but others warn it's vigilantism, and it’s dangerous.

Black parents call on francophone board to address systemic racism

Parents and students at a demonstration on Monday called on Edmonton’s francophone school board to take immediate steps to address systemic racism in schools by hiring more Black teachers and issuing a formal apology.

Edmonton constable off patrol years after violent arrests; case fuels calls for police reform

An Edmonton constable accused of using excessive force and racial slurs during a 2015 arrest is no longer on patrol as new details about the case heighten calls for police reform.

'We cannot afford to wait,' anti-racism advocates tell Edmonton city council at public hearing

With more than 80 people registered to speak, Monday's hearing was emotional at times as city council heard from community advocates, police, business owners, lawyers, academics and former police commissioners.

Alberta's top RCMP officer vows to stamp out systemic racism after denying it existed

Alberta RCMP Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki sidestepped calls for his resignation on Friday and vowed to eliminate systemic racism in his organization after previously denying it existed.

Edmonton police chief promises new reconciliation initiative to fix complaint process

A Black man who went public about his arrest has met with the Edmonton police chief as the service carves out a new path for reconciliation with people who have complaints about mistreatment by police.

City council considers community calls to overhaul policing in Edmonton

Edmonton city council will consider community proposals to overhaul policing that could eventually see the police budget frozen and some funding redirected to community-based initiatives.  

Divesting police of funding requires 'brave leadership,' Edmonton advocates say

The future of policing in Edmonton will be discussed Wednesday after more than 10,000 people sent letters calling on the city to divert $75 million from the police budget to community initiatives. 

80K and counting: Call to 'Be The Change' reverberates from digital anti-racism rally

The rally opened with five black men silently taking a knee for two minutes and 53 seconds — the length of time George Floyd was unresponsive as an officer knelt on his neck.

Closure of Alberta adoption agency leaves parents in limbo

Devastated prospective parents registered with an Alberta adoption agency are looking for answers after the company's sudden announcement to close its doors.

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