Julia Wong

Senior reporter

Julia Wong is a senior reporter based in Edmonton.

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Baby with rare condition teaches lessons of resilience, unpredictability

When she was born in October, the doctors gave Amadea Dempster an hour to live. She was missing the top of her skull, had no visible nose and her brain was unusually structured. But she survived. 

Got time? At this slow grocery store check-out lane, a leisurely chat is OK

Jason Rutledge mans his grocery store register while wearing a green squid hat — and if you want to chat about it, he's got the time. That's because the Edmonton Sobeys cashier often works the new "slow social lane" that offers customers the chance to take a breath and enjoy a conversation.

Russian man in Canada who received conscription notice to fight in Ukraine granted refugee status

Trofim Modlyi, 19, who's from Khabarovsk in eastern Russia, was visiting his sister in Alberta when Russia invaded Ukraine last February. He decided to file a refugee claim in Canada because he didn't "want to kill innocent people in Ukraine."

Alberta health authority responds to lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in newborn's death

Covenant Health is pushing back against a lawsuit claiming it mistreated a Cree woman while she was giving birth at an Edmonton hospital.

Hydrogen buses are coming to Edmonton and area, fuelling hopes for a new energy economy

The hydrogen fuel cell bus looks and feels like a typical bus, but it's powered by a fuel cell that uses oxygen and hydrogen to create energy. The byproducts are heat and water; there are zero emissions.

Excitement builds for World Cup fans as Canada takes soccer's biggest stage

Team Canada will be making its first World Cup appearance since 1986 and Canadians across the country are getting ready to cheer their players on. Canada plays its first game on Wednesday against Belgium.

More than 110 people hospitalized as shigella outbreak in Edmonton grows

According to Alberta Health Services, as of Wednesday, there were 172 confirmed cases in Edmonton, of which 115 people had to be hospitalized — but physicians expect the actual number is much bigger.

Shortage of family doctors pushing more patients to overburdened ERs, physicians say

For emergency physicians who see doctorless patients show up at ERs with routine requests, the severity of the family doctor shortage is a growing concern as it increases pressure on an already strained system.

Fewer than 7% of Canadian kids 5 and younger have gotten a COVID-19 vaccine

The latest federal numbers show, as of Oct. 9, 6.5 per cent of kids under five received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while one per cent received two doses. That's significantly lower than the rest of the population, in which more than 84 per of Canadians are fully vaccinated.

'Perfect storm' has Albertans waiting long hours in backlogged hospital emergency rooms

Wait times can vary by hospital and depend on the time of day, but can sometimes range from two hours to 17 hours.