Michelle Bellefontaine

Provincial affairs reporter

Michelle Bellefontaine covers the Alberta legislature for CBC News in Edmonton. She has also worked as a reporter in the Maritimes and in northern Canada. You can reach her at Michelle.Bellefontaine@cbc.ca.

Latest from Michelle Bellefontaine

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney resigning as UCP leader despite narrow win in leadership review

Jason Kenney announced his resignation as United Conservative Party leader Wednesday after receiving 51.4 per cent approval of his leadership from United Conservative Party members.  

Alberta Health pauses plan to end insulin pump program Aug. 1

The Alberta government has paused its plan to end the insulin pump therapy program, after widespread backlash from diabetics and their national advocacy group.

Union urges AHS to hire casual paramedics full-time to ease ambulance shortage

The union that represents paramedics who work for AHS wants the government to offer casual paramedics full-time jobs to help solve a worsening shortage of ambulances in Alberta. 

Abortion will qualify for bereavement leave in proposed labour bill amendment, minister says

Labour and Immigration Minister Kaycee Madu confirmed Tuesday that a proposed amendment will allow those who have had an abortion to qualify for bereavement leave.

MLA's motions to improve Alberta Lobbyist Act rejected by committee

A committee of MLAs reviewing the Lobbyist Act voted against changes proposed by the Ethics commissioner including the establishment of a communications registry to track meetings between lobbyists and public office holders. 

Changes to Alberta public lands management will weaken environmental protections, critics say

Changes to public lands management proposed under a new red tape reduction bill will create a patchwork of rules and weaken environmental protections, critics say. 

Changes urged for new bill granting unpaid leave for pregnancy loss

A Calgary organization that supports people affected by pregnancy loss has met with the Alberta government to request changes to a new bill that allows grieving parents three unpaid days away from work

Self-generation and sale of excess power in Alberta enabled under proposed legislation

Companies would be able to generate and store their own electricity and sell excess back to the power grid under a new bill introduced in the legislature Wednesday. 

Private schools will not be exempt from tuition reporting rules, minister says

Alberta Education Minister Adriana LaGrange says private schools in Alberta will have to report private sources of revenue to the province, despite what government staff and one of her cabinet colleagues said hours earlier on Monday. 

Edmonton Public Schools facing 'tough' budget with enrolment, inflation outpacing funding

Edmonton Public Schools is facing tough choices in its upcoming budget deliberations with a spike in enrolment numbers that the school division says is outpacing provincial funding. 

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