Charles Rusnell

Investigative reporter

Charles Rusnell is a reporter with CBC Investigates, the award-winning investigative unit of CBC Edmonton. His journalism in the public interest is widely credited with forcing accountability, transparency and democratic change in Alberta. Send tips in confidence to and follow him on Twitter@charlesrusnell

Latest from Charles Rusnell

Edmonton lawyer facing drunk driving causing death charges at centre of major lawsuit

An Edmonton lawyer facing drunk-driving charges in the crosswalk death of a teenager is now at the centre of a major lawsuit brought by a Calgary multi-millionaire against him and his law firm.

Alberta ethics commissioner won't review controversial $905K sole-source contract

Alberta’s ethics commissioner said Friday she has no jurisdiction to investigate a controversial $905,000 sole-source contract awarded by public inquiry commissioner Steve Allan to a law firm in which his son is a partner.

Storage of bodies in rented trailer leads to probe of medical examiner's space shortage

Alberta Justice has launched an investigation after CBC News recorded video of a funeral home employee dragging a dead person in a body bag from a refrigerated trailer.

Kenney government won't hire outside prosecutor for UCP leadership investigations

Alberta’s newly elected United Conservative Party government is refusing to appoint an outside prosecutor to oversee RCMP investigations related to alleged voter fraud and illegal political donations that may affect Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer and Premier Jason Kenney.

RCMP take over investigation of United Conservative Party 'irregular financial contribution' allegations

Alberta’s Office of the Election Commissioner has turned over to the RCMP its investigation into allegations of irregular political contributions involving the so-called “kamikaze” campaign of United Conservative Party leadership contender Jeff Callaway.

NDP's Made in Alberta ads are partisan and an abuse of public money, expert says

The Alberta NDP government’s ubiquitous Made in Alberta radio and TV ads are partisan and an abuse of public money, an expert in political communications says.

Conservatives call for audit of immigration system after gangster twice released in Canada

Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel is again calling for a complete review and audit of the immigration screening system in response to a CBC News investigation that revealed a Somali gang member with an extensive criminal record was twice released in Canada.
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Botched handling of gangster refugee claimant exposes Canada's screening weaknesses

Canada's handling of a refugee claimant's case exposes cracks in our immigration screening process, an expert says.

Alberta Health deputy minister Carl Amrhein resigns amid Pure North controversy

Beleaguered Alberta Health deputy minister Carl Amrhein has resigned. In a statement issued to Alberta Health staff Thursday afternoon, Amrhein announced he is resigning to become provost and vice-president of academics at the Aga Khan University. His last day is Oct. 6, 2017.

Internal survey reveals disconnect between Alberta's doctors and AHS management

Alberta doctors question how the province’s health-care system is managed, the level of care provided to patients, and don’t think their input is valued by senior managers, according to a leaked internal Alberta Health Services survey obtained by CBC News.

Independent MLA Derek Fildebrandt hires lawyer to fight 2016 hit-and-run charge

Newly independent MLA Derek Fildebrandt could not have damaged his neighbour’s vehicle because he was in a caucus meeting at the time of the alleged accident.

Beleaguered UCP MLA Derek Fildebrandt facing 2016 hit-and-run charge

Edmonton police conducted an investigation and charged MLA Derek Fildebrandt on June 14, 2016, with leaving the scene of an accident and failing to notify the owner of the damaged vehicle, according to court documents obtained by CBC News.

Alberta Health cancellation of funding to Pure North private clinic questioned

A law professor says Health Minister Sarah Hoffman's reason for cancelling funding to a controversial private health foundation isn’t supported by her ministry’s own grant agreement.

Alberta Health cancels funding for Pure North nurse-practitioner clinic

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman has abruptly cancelled funding for a nurse-practitioner led clinic operated by Pure North, a controversial private health foundation, after a CBC News investigation revealed the clinic offered an unproven alternative treatment to a patient.

Private clinic funded by Alberta Health offers controversial high-dose vitamin D treatment

A 74-year-old woman who complained about high-dose vitamin D she received from a government-funded clinic operated by a controversial alternative health foundation says Alberta Health Services told her it could not act on her complaint because the clinic was “private.”