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_

Latest from Charles Rusnell, Jennie Russell


Security video reveals full extent of alleged 'assault' by Edmonton police on accused truck thief

Security videos obtained exclusively by CBC News show what experts are calling an "assault" of an alleged truck thief by Edmonton police during a violent arrest was far worse than previously revealed.

'My brother's body was desecrated': Family traumatized by body-dragging incident

Nothing could have prepared the family of Bryce Sather for the shock of seeing a video of him in a body bag being dragged along the floor of a semi-trailer parked outside the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Alberta.

Mishandled immigration-fraud complaint against former MLA reveals regulator weakness

The council that regulates immigration consultants in Canada admits it mishandled a 2016 complaint against former Edmonton MLA Carl Benito, who was recently charged for allegedly operating a massive immigration-fraud scheme.

Former Alberta MLA Carl Benito and son charged with immigration fraud

Former Alberta Progressive Conservative MLA Carl Benito and his son Charles are facing immigration fraud charges following a year-long investigation by the Canada Border Services Agency.

Judge denies bail for man arrested in violent encounter with Edmonton police

A provincial court judge denied bail Monday to a man whose violent arrest last month by Edmonton police, filmed by an onlooker, spurred a criminal investigation into allegations of excessive force.

ASIRT takes over Edmonton police excessive-force investigation

Edmonton police Chief Dale McFee has asked the province’s director of law enforcement to undertake a second review of the case involving the June 11 arrest by Edmonton police of Kyle Parkhurst in downtown Edmonton.

Criminal investigation launched into violent Edmonton police arrest captured on video

The Edmonton Police Service is conducting a criminal probe into an arrest by its officers that was captured on video and shared online, and involved an alleged truck thief who was Tasered, kicked repeatedly, slammed headfirst into a brick wall and then thrown against a cruiser while he was handcuffed.
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Notley calls for Calgary UCP MLA Peter Singh to be removed from caucus until RCMP probe completed

Opposition leader Rachel Notley is calling on the United Conservative Party to remove Calgary East MLA Peter Singh from caucus until a criminal investigation by the RCMP involving alleged voter fraud is completed.

RCMP investigation into alleged UCP leadership voter fraud expands to Edmonton

The RCMP investigation into alleged voter fraud in the 2017 United Conservative Party leadership contest has now expanded to Edmonton.

Unravelling the controversy behind the 2017 UCP leadership race

A leaked cache of documents revealed extensive collaboration between two campaigns in Alberta — and the United Conservative Party and its leader Jason Kenney are still facing the political fallout.
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Kenney, Callaway campaigns collaborated to attack Brian Jean during UCP leadership race, leaked documents show

The leadership campaign of Jason Kenney collaborated with fellow candidate Jeff Callaway’s campaign during the party’s 2017 United Conservative Party leadership race, leaked internal UCP documents obtained by CBC News show.

UCP Leader Jason Kenney shrugs off RCMP investigation of political contributions

United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney is shrugging off revelations that the RCMP have taken over an investigation into allegations of “irregular political contributions” to a former UCP leadership candidate with alleged connections to Kenney’s leadership campaign.
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Alberta election commissioner's 'excessive secrecy' criticized

A democracy watchdog says it is troubling that Alberta Election Commissioner Lorne Gibson refuses to release basic information about illegal political contributions he has investigated.
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Alberta election commissioner probes interference in Jeff Callaway campaign investigation

Alberta's election commissioner is probing allegations that someone is obstructing his investigation into claims of "irregular financial contributions" made during the United Conservative Party leadership contest.

Alberta information commissioner says her office at 'breaking point'

Alberta's information and privacy commissioner says her office is failing to properly serve Albertans because it is swamped with public complaints.