Michelle Bellefontaine

Provincial affairs reporter

Michelle Bellefontaine covers the Alberta legislature 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 MLAs Todd Loewen, Drew Barnes booted from UCP caucus

Alberta MLAs Drew Barnes and Todd Loewen have been expelled from the UCP caucus over allegations they divided the party and undermined government leadership. 

Alberta legislature break extended a week while Speaker sets up remote voting

The extension was announced Wednesday after a meeting held by Speaker Nathan Cooper, Government House Leader Jason Nixon and NDP Official Opposition house leader Christina Gray. 

Justice minister apologizes for COVID-19 'disaster' remarks on Facebook

Alberta Justice Minister Kaycee Madu apologized Tuesday for remarks on Facebook accusing Ottawa, the media and the NDP Opposition of wanting a health-care disaster due to surging COVID-19 cases. 

Federal government, media and NDP Opposition wanted COVID-19 disaster, says Alberta justice minister

In a Facebook comment, Kaycee Madu said a COVID-19 disaster is what the provincial Opposition, the federal government and the media "were looking for and want" in Alberta.

Public health inspectors facing threats, harassment during COVID-19 pandemic

Alberta Health Services is introducing new training to help its public health inspectors handle enforcement visits that have become increasingly hostile during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Alberta commits to bring extra vaccines to Banff and Wood Buffalo after J&J setback

Alberta still plans to provide extra vaccines to Banff and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo despite a Health Canada decision to hold off distributing the Johnson and Johnson vaccine due to concerns about the manufacturing process. 

Edmonton police say swarming, beating of Black teen not a hate crime

The beating of a 14-year-old Black boy in a north Edmonton schoolyard has been determined not to be a hate crime, Edmonton police Chief Dale McFee said Thursday. 

Wood Buffalo leaders call for regional measures to curb COVID-19 surge

Municipal and Indigenous leaders in Fort McMurray are calling on the provincial government to bring in targeted regional restrictions to deal with a surge in COVID-19 cases over the last month. 

Wood Buffalo mayor calls for province to lower vaccine eligibility age in Fort McMurray region

The mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo says eligiblity restrictions, not vaccine hesitancy, is driving low COVID immunization rates in the area.

Alberta halts all coal exploration in Foothills and Rockies during consultation

Citing responses to an online survey, the Alberta government is pausing coal exploration on Category 2 lands in the Foothills and Rocky Mountains, at least until the completion of an ongoing public consultation.