Charles Rusnell, Jennie Russell

Investigative reporters

Jennie Russell and Charles Rusnell are reporters with CBC Investigates, the award-winning investigative unit of CBC Edmonton. Their journalism in the public interest is widely credited with forcing accountability, transparency and democratic change in Alberta. Send tips in confidence to @charlesrusnell @jennierussell_

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Experts question Alberta's proposed plan to increase costs for seniors in care

Some health policy experts have expressed concerns about Alberta Health Services cost-cutting recommendations that, if implemented, would increase or introduce continuing care fees.

Proposed $200M private orthopedic surgical facility would be largest in Alberta's history

A group that includes orthopedic surgeons, a developer and high-powered lobbyists says it has gained tentative political support from Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro for a proposal to build and operate what would be the largest private, contracted surgical facility in the province's history.

Alberta health minister orders review 4 years after noose hung at Grande Prairie hospital

On June 24, 2016, a white South African-born surgeon tied a noose and taped it to the door of an operating room in the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Grande Prairie, Alta. He told another doctor the noose was for a Black Nigerian-born surgical assistant. On Thursday, four years after the incident, Alberta's health minister said he is ordering an independent investigation.

Edmonton officer charged after Indigenous man violently kneed during arrest

An Edmonton police officer has been charged with assault following a violent August 2019 arrest, captured on video, in which an officer walks up to an Indigenous man under arrest and drives his knee into the prone man's back.

RCMP dashcam video shows officer tackling, punching Chief Allan Adam during arrest

RCMP dashcam footage of the March arrest of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam shows an arriving officer jump-tackling the chief to the ground without warning, punching him in the head and putting him in a chokehold.

UCP hires former federal Conservative party official tied to Scheer expense controversy

Alberta’s United Conservative Party has hired the former executive director of the federal Conservative Party, who left his previous job amid the controversy involving leader Andrew Scheer’s use of party funds for his children’s private school tuition.
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Confusion, frustration over delay in promised staffing increases, pay top-up for health-care aides

Nearly a month after the UCP government announced a wage top-up for health-care aides in continuing care facilities, the government is just now providing more details about that increased funding, which aides have not seen yet.

Calgary doctor says family fears for safety after confrontation with Health Minister Tyler Shandro

A Calgary physician who went public last week with allegations that Health Minister Tyler Shandro berated him at his home over a social media post says he and his family no longer feel safe after he said Premier Jason Kenney effectively condoned Shandro's behaviour.

Dentons alleges former client's lawsuit an attempt to wrongfully extract money

Dentons is accusing a former client of suing the law firm to try to “extract payment” for his own bad business decisions that allegedly cost him more than $100 million.

Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer failed to disclose donation from inquiry commissioner

Alberta’s chief electoral officer will review an undisclosed donation to the nomination campaign of Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer from Steve Allan, the prominent Calgary businessman Schweitzer appointed commissioner of a public inquiry.

Kenney's claim carbon tax damaged Alberta economy is refuted in court documents

Premier Jason Kenney's claim that the former NDP government's carbon tax crippled the Alberta economy is contradicted by documents his own government filed in court.

Crown admits Edmonton police used 'unnecessary force' in arrest of truck thief 

A Crown prosecutor admitted on Thursday that Edmonton police used "unnecessary force" during the June arrest — captured on civilian cellphone video —  of a truck thief who was kicked repeatedly and thrown head first into a brick wall after he was handcuffed.

Alberta Justice to lay off 90 civil lawyers, outsource more legal work to meet budget cuts

Alberta Justice is preparing to lay off 90 civil-law lawyers as its legal services division struggles to absorb a $20-million budget cut, an internal memo obtained by CBC News shows.

Alberta government signals looming changes to election finances act

CBC News has learned the Alberta government intends to change the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act during the 2020 spring sitting of the legislature.

Inquiry commissioner Steve Allan campaigned for Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer

Public inquiry commissioner Steve Allan campaigned for Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer as he sought a United Conservative Party nomination in 2018, a year before Schweitzer as justice minister effectively appointed Allan to his $290,000 job as inquiry head.