Jennie Russell

Former investigative reporter

Jennie Russell was a reporter with CBC Investigates, the investigative unit of CBC Edmonton, from 2012 until 2021. Russell specialized in accountability journalism. Her work has been widely credited with forcing transparency and democratic change in Alberta.

Latest from Jennie Russell

Treaty Six First Nations organization sues AFN regional chief Marlene Poitras

The Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations is seeking a court order ousting Marlene Poitras as regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations, alleging she no longer holds the position but refuses to step down.

Bill would allow companies to self-supply unlimited power, sell excess to Alberta power grid

A new bill introduced in the Alberta legislature Wednesday would open up participation in the province's power grid, allowing companies to self-supply unlimited amounts of power and sell excess amounts to the grid for consumer use.

Industrial park chosen as site for Red Deer's drug 'recovery community'

The Alberta government and the City of Red Deer have chosen a 10-acre plot of land in an industrial park at the northern edge of the city as the site for an addictions "recovery community" that will require sobriety from its residents.

Edmonton Public Schools asks education minister for rewrite of K-6 curriculum, halt to pilot program

The Edmonton Public School Board has formally asked the Alberta government to rewrite its controversial draft K-6 curriculum and halt a pilot program of it this fall.

Edmonton city council votes to rename Grandin LRT station, cover mural of bishop

By Tuesday morning, the mural of Vital Grandin, located inside the Grandin LRT Station, was hidden under orange panels. The colour is a nod to Orange Shirt Day, which is observed every Sept. 30 to educate people about residential schools in Canada.

Grande Prairie surgeon's taping of noose to door 'inappropriate,' but not racist, review finds

A Grande Prairie surgeon's taping of a noose to the door of an operating room in 2016 was an inappropriate but not racist incident in a hospital plagued by a toxic work culture, a government-ordered external report has concluded.

Alberta energy 'war room' may be subject to freedom-of-information law

The office of Alberta's information commissioner says it has not determined whether the province's controversial energy "war room" is subject to freedom of information legislation, despite the United Conservative government's insistence the war room's structure allows it to evade such scrutiny.

Human rights tribunal hearing ordered for Indigenous nurse who received workplace threats

An Indigenous nurse says she is relieved there will be a human rights tribunal hearing into her allegations that Alberta Health Services did not act on racist abuse from her co-workers, and placed her on leave and reassigned her rather than address a toxic work environment.

Edmonton city administration walks back report on shisha smoking in lounges

Edmonton city administration has walked back its findings from a recent report on shisha smoking in lounges, acknowledging the city would not need the province's cooperation to once again allow the practice.

Edmonton could only allow shisha smoking again with province buy-in: report

The provincial government would have to exempt shisha from new rules if Edmonton wants to once again permit shisha smoking in lounges, a report prepared for the city has concluded.