Anna Desmarais

Anna Desmarais is a reporter with CBC Edmonton. She has also reported from Toronto, Kathmandu and Ottawa. Twitter: @anna_desmarais Email:

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Fort Saskatchewan residents protest high water bills

A group of Fort Saskatchewan residents is protesting after receiving water utility bills in the thousands of dollars.

'Aggressive' online strategy key to ending sex trade, Edmonton police say

Edmonton police say they will broaden their use of social media as part of an "aggressive'" online campaign to investigate the city's sex trade industry.

Alberta medical marijuana supplier expands sales to Italy

An Alberta medical marijuana company is blazing a trail on the international market, expanding its sales to a second European country.

Naloxone kits distributed by Alberta Health Services may not contain naloxone

Alberta Health Services is warning that some of the naloxone kits distributed to Albertans may not actually contain naloxone.

'I have to protect this land': New nature sanctuary west of Edmonton to open in spring

Lu Carbyn fell in love with the property, full of expansive marshes, at first sight. "I thought, I have to protect this land ... to make sure that the future generations can have access to it."

Indigenous chef visiting Maskwacis explores reconciliation through food

A well-known Indigenous chef making an episode of a travel and food show in the Alberta community of Maskwacis says it will centre on the healing power of food.

All 3 people found in a parked car in northern Alberta died from inhaling carbon monoxide, families say

All three people found dead in a parked car in northern Alberta were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning, the families have confirmed.

Métis Nation of Alberta calls re-election of local president 'a sham'

A regional branch of the Métis Nation of Alberta is calling for another election in Lac La Biche after receiving complaints that the local Métis council president hosted the last election privately in her home.

Falling temperatures brought rise in Alberta animal welfare investigations

The province's recent cold snap had animal rescue agencies working a bit of overtime to save pets left out in the cold.

Edmonton grocery store owner reignites debate over plastic bag ban

A grocery store owner in Edmonton wants to bring the battle to ban plastic bags back to city hall.

Spruce Grove, Alta. to open first after-hours GSA

Hallie Tucker came home from Spruce Grove, Alta.'s only high school one day and told her mom Jody all about the bullying.

Edmonton homeless shelter sees uptick in demand as temperatures plunge

Edmonton’s homeless population is struggling to take shelter as extreme cold weather rolls its way into the province.

Friends seek help for 'heroic' Edmonton man diagnosed with brain tumour

Friends of Riza Kasikcioglu are asking Edmontonians for help as he recovers from brain surgery.

'A Christmas miracle': 5 frozen puppies rescued and revived by Christmas Day

Tessa Lee was just finishing up at work Saturday night when she got a concerned call from a woman living just west of a small town near Edmonton.

Rod Knecht may seek another term as Edmonton police chief

Edmonton police Chief Rod Knecht could seek another term at the helm of the city’s police force.