Charles Rusnell, Jennie Russell

Investigative reporters

Jennie Russell and Charles Rusnell are reporters with CBC Investigates, the award-winning investigative unit of CBC Edmonton. Their journalism in the public interest is widely credited with forcing accountability, transparency and democratic change in Alberta. Send tips in confidence to cbcinvestigates@cbc.ca. @charlesrusnell @jennierussell_

Latest from Charles Rusnell, Jennie Russell

Surgeon handed 4-month suspension for noose incident at Alberta hospital

A white, South African-born surgeon who tied and taped a noose to an operating room door in 2016 to allegedly target a Black, Nigerian-born surgical assistant has been suspended from practising for four months.
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Former B.C. solicitor general says judicial review needed in Alberta police brutality case

There should be a judicial review of Alberta Justice’s refusal to prosecute an Edmonton police officer whose violent attack on a handcuffed prisoner was captured on video, a former British Columbia solicitor general says.
CBC Investigates

Edmonton police withheld video of officer assault on Indigenous man for 4 months

For four months, Edmonton police withheld from prosecutors a private citizen's cellphone video showing a violent assault by an officer on an Indigenous man. After the video was disclosed, prosecutors stayed four criminal charges against the man, and instead charged one of the arresting officers with assault.

Crown seeks jail time, probation for Edmonton police officer who assaulted Indigenous man

An Edmonton police constable whose violent assault on an Indigenous man during a 2019 arrest was captured on video should receive 60 to 90 days in jail followed by probation, a Crown prosecutor told a courtroom Wednesday.
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Data theft from Meals on Wheels reveals gap in provincial privacy legislation, expert says

The theft of a charity’s entire database containing the personal information of more than 27,000 people reveals a major gap in Alberta’s privacy legislation, an expert says.
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Black Grande Prairie doctor testifies he felt threatened by noose tied by white colleague

A Black doctor says the taping by a white surgeon of a noose to a Grande Prairie hospital operating room door in 2016 was a clear threat meant to intimidate him and was part of an escalating pattern of disturbing behaviour that he perceived as racist.

Government-ordered review of hospital noose ignored evidence of racism, Alberta doctors say

An association representing Nigerian-Canadian doctors is calling for Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro to reject a report that concluded a noose taped to a Grande Prairie hospital operating room door by a white surgeon — aimed in part at a Black colleague — was not a racist incident.
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Edmonton's Cross Cancer Institute on 'watch' status after COVID-19 outbreak in unit

Edmonton's Cross Cancer Institute has declared a COVID-19 outbreak on one of its units. The unit has been closed to new patient admissions and the entire facility is on "watch" status, CBC News has learned.
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Union group says documents show Alberta government prioritized Cargill plant operation over worker safety

Internal Alberta Agriculture documents show the UCP government and health officials prioritized the continued operation of the Cargill meat-packing plant over worker safety even as infection rates skyrocketed, a union group and an academic expert say.

Commissioner for inquiry into anti-Alberta energy campaigns is independent and objective: lawyer

The commissioner heading Alberta’s inquiry into alleged foreign-funded attacks on the energy industry is independent and objective and should be allowed to complete the inquiry, his lawyer argued Friday.

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