Janet French

Janet French is a provincial affairs reporter with CBC Edmonton. She has also been a reporter at the Edmonton Journal and Saskatoon StarPhoenix. You can reach her at janet.french@cbc.ca

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Alberta's Heritage Savings Trust Fund hits lowest value in eight years

A risky investment strategy by the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) cost Alberta’s long-term savings fund $411 million, a legislative committee heard on Monday.

Legislature committee votes against debating public-sector pensions bill

An all-party committee voted against allowing members of the Alberta legislature to debate a private members’ bill that would reverse changes to public pensions introduced last year.

Status of Alberta's nest egg Heritage Savings Fund unknown as annual report stalled

As some MLAs prepare to consider a private members’ bill on pension control Monday, the Opposition says the Alberta government is withholding a key report that could shape their decision.

Alberta RCMP have hired first 46 new workers for rural crime strategy

The Alberta RCMP have hired about 10 per cent of the new workers required for a new provincial strategy to combat rural crime, the organization announced on Thursday.

NDP wants United Conservative MLAs to reject idea of Alberta separation

All 87 Alberta MLAs should declare that they reject the notion of separating from Canada, the Opposition NDP says.

School resource officer program to stay in public schools until at least September

Despite calls from dozens of members of the public to shut it down, a program that stations police officers in 21 Edmonton public schools will remain active for now.

Most Edmonton high schools switching to quarterly system next year

Most Edmonton high school students will take fewer courses at a time next school year.

Alberta Health Services plans to privatize community lab services

Alberta Health Services intends to privatize all community labs across Alberta, despite new figures that suggest outsourcing could save far less money than originally estimated.

Omnibus pandemic bill allows UCP government to delay presenting its first annual financial report

The Alberta legislature has given the United Conservative Party government the ability to postpone financial reporting on its first year in office.

Alberta reinstating environmental monitoring in industry, oilpatch

Alberta industries, including oil and gas, will have to resume all environmental reporting as of July 15, the Alberta government announced Tuesday.

Labour disputes holding back wage top-ups for health-care workers

Health-care aides at a third of private Alberta long-term care and seniors’ homes aren’t receiving a $2-an-hour pandemic wage top-up promised by the government two months ago.

Omnibus bill would bring pandemic daycare rules, keep continuing care workers at one site

Eased restrictions on daycares, longer-term precautions in seniors care homes and the ability to sign legal documents remotely are all part of a suite of new measures the Alberta government wants to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alberta government to study independent police force in response to Fair Deal Panel report

The Alberta government will conduct detailed technical studies into the merits of creating a provincial police force and a provincial pension plan, the premier says.

U.S. consulting firm awarded $3.7-million review of Alberta post-secondary system

A sweeping review of Alberta’s post-secondary education system will scrutinize the viability of schools, root out duplication and recommend how to better prepare students for careers.

Edmonton Public Schools cuts 178 teachers in budget crunch

Larger class sizes, burned out teachers and less help for students with disabilities are likely repercussions of a flat-lined budget as enrolment grows at Edmonton Public Schools.