Janet French

Janet French is a provincial affairs reporter with CBC Edmonton. She has also been a reporter at the Edmonton Journal and Saskatoon StarPhoenix. You can reach her at janet.french@cbc.ca

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Colleges in Red Deer, Grande Prairie may not transition into universities as planned

A provincial review of post-secondary institutions is raising questions about whether Red Deer and Grande Prairie Regional colleges will transition into universities as planned.

Alberta considers boards to govern several universities, colleges

The Alberta government is considering the creation of new boards to oversee multiple universities, colleges or polytechnic institutions in the province.

MLA recall legislation coming this spring, Kenney says

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says a recall bill is coming in the next sitting of the legislature.

AHS disbands team that prepared front-line workers to help clients with addictions

Harm reduction advocates are angry and frustrated that Alberta Health Services has eliminated a mental health and addictions prevention team.

More than 900 Albertans died from opioid poisoning in first 10 months of 2020

New data released by the Alberta government Friday show Alberta is on track for a record-breaking number of opioid deaths, as more than 900 Albertans died from opioid poisoning in the first 10 months of the year.

Temporary hospital under construction in Edmonton's Butterdome

Alberta Health Services and the Red Cross are setting up a 100-bed temporary hospital in the Butterdome, says the province’s chief medical officer of health.

School holidays could mean gaps in COVID-19 notices for Edmonton students and staff

Alberta public health officials have three days to figure out how they will inform students and staff exposed to COVID-19 in schools once the buildings shut down for the holidays.

COVID-19 exposure sends Edmonton elementary school classes online

Elementary students and staff at a west-Edmonton school have switched to online learning after most people in the school were potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Songs suggested for early grades by Alberta curriculum advisers have racist roots, teachers say

Recommended lists of songs that could form part of Alberta’s new elementary school music curriculum include tunes with racist, sexist and violent lyrics and histories, say some music teachers.

School staffing crunch prompts AHS change to classroom isolation recommendations

Alberta Health Services has relaxed its recommendations to schools about which staff should isolate when a case of COVID-19 shows up in class.