Jennie Russell

Investigative reporter

Jennie Russell is a reporter with CBC Investigates, the award-winning investigative unit of CBC Edmonton. Jennie specializes in accountability journalism and her work has been widely credited with forcing transparency and democratic change in Alberta. Contact Jennie at and follow her on Twitter @jennierussell_.

Latest from Jennie Russell

Election outcome in critical Edmonton-South West riding still undecided

Edmonton-South West, still officially undecided, may be the only seat the new UCP majority government wins in the capital city.

NDP maintains Edmonton stronghold, while Mandel defeated in hometown

The NDP keeps Edmonton mostly orange, but two races are still too close to call.

Battle for the 'burbs: Suburban Edmonton ridings are critical this election, experts say

Political scientists say tomorrow's election could be decided by whichever party wins over suburban voters.

Alberta's political parties need more aggressive approaches to opioid epidemic, expert says

An addictions specialist says Alberta's political parties must develop bolder policies to curb the province's opioid crisis.

Jobs will be top Alberta issue for 'decades to come,' economist says

The slump in oil prices is not the only factor when talking about employment in Alberta, says University of Alberta labour economist Alice Nakamura.

Election fact-checker: Leaders debate edition

Albertans tuned in to watch Rachel Notley, Jason Kenney, David Khan and Stephen Mandel debate the issues, but how much was true?

New legislation would curb health-care privatization, ban extra billing at private clinics

The NDP government plans to introduce legislation this spring designed to prevent the further privatization of Alberta’s health-care system by banning extra billing at fee-based private clinics, leaked documents reveal.

Privacy commissioner investigating security of patient health records at Alberta Health Services

Alberta’s privacy commissioner is investigating whether Alberta Health Services properly safeguards the public’s personal health information after a 2018 audit revealed lax cybersecurity practices.

Alberta health minister reviewing rules around assisted dying at faith-based facilities

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says her ministry is reviewing options that would allow Alberta Health Services to provide medical assistance in dying at faith-based health facilities while respecting religious objections, although she cautions the province is “not there yet.”

'It's a start': Family of assisted-dying patient hopeful about new Covenant Health policy

The family of Doreen Nowicki says Covenant Health’s revised assisted-dying policy is a first step toward preventing patient suffering.
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New Covenant Health policy on assisted dying still 'unacceptable,' critics say

Covenant Health’s revised policy on medical assistance in dying will still allow patient suffering, critics say.
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Camrose man died in pain after Covenant Health hindered access to assisted-dying services, son says

An Edmonton man says his terminally ill 80-year-old father suffered for weeks, then died in terrible pain in rural Alberta after Covenant Health hindered his access to an assisted death.

Concerns over Covenant Health assisted-dying policy 'addressed,' Alberta health minister says

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says her government has “addressed” issues with Covenant Health’s assisted-dying policy, despite lingering concerns from academics, patient advocacy groups and families of patients.
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'Time for the health minister to step up': Critics call for end to Covenant Health assisted-dying policy

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman must finally order an end to a Covenant Health policy that has traumatized some terminally ill patients seeking an assisted death, critics say.
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Alberta's health minister was warned in 2016 about Covenant Health treatment of assisted-dying patient

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman has known for more than two years that some Covenant Health patients seeking an assisted death have been treated in ways that ethics and legal experts say are inhumane and infringe on patients’ rights.