Charles Rusnell

Former investigative reporter

Charles Rusnell was a reporter with CBC Investigates, the investigative unit of CBC Edmonton, from 2008 until 2021. His journalism in the public interest is widely credited with forcing accountability, transparency and democratic change in Alberta.

Latest from Charles Rusnell

Head of Alberta's beleaguered police watchdog agency resigns

The head of Alberta’s police watchdog agency has resigned, signalling what critics say is a long-foreshadowed breakdown in the chronically underfunded agency.

Former University of Alberta student sues professor, university alleging sexual assaults

A former University of Alberta student is suing their former history professor and the university for alleged sexual assaults.

Expert says change to election finance act may allow unlimited donations

A government amendment to Alberta’s election finance act creates a loophole that appears to allow unlimited donations to a political party through the candidate nomination process, an expert in election finance says.

Elections Alberta posted incorrect information on equalization referendum, law experts say

Constitutional law experts say Elections Alberta posted incorrect information about equalization on its website in advance of the recent referendum that may have misled voters about what effect a yes vote would have.

Edmonton police officer charged with assault in violent arrest of truck thief

More than two years after an Edmonton police officer was captured on cellphone and security video repeatedly kicking and then throwing a truck thief head first into a brick wall, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has charged the officer with assault.

New COVID-19 modelling suggests restrictions helping Alberta turn corner on pandemic

In the last 10 days, there has been "a dramatic turnaround in the number of people being admitted to hospital" in Alberta, said COVID-19 modelling expert Dean Karlen.
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Montreal money launderer set up offshore company while under criminal investigation

As American and Canadian authorities ramped up investigations into rogue Montreal-based money transfer mogul Firoz Patel in 2017, he flew to the United Arab Emirates and set up a secret offshore corporation, leaked documents obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists show.

Regulator to get tough with doctors undermining pandemic response in Alberta

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta has lost patience with doctors who have actively undermined the province’s response to the pandemic.

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta to discuss warning to anti-vax doctors

The college is holding an emergency public meeting tonight to discuss issuing a statement to doctors about their obligation to adhere to practice standards set by the provincial regulator.

Alberta's rising COVID-19 cases due to faulty modelling and government inaction, experts say

Alberta's plan to lift all pandemic restrictions and precautions appears to have been based on a scenario rooted more in wishful optimism and political expediency than obvious scientific evidence, experts say.