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

Edmonton police continue to defend officer using knee-on-neck restraint in 2018 arrest

The Edmonton Police Service continued Thursday to defend a July 2018 arrest in which an officer used his knee to pin a black man's neck to the ground.

City of Grande Prairie files proposed $10B class-action lawsuit against opioid companies

The City of Grande Prairie has filed a proposed $10-billion class-action lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors that seeks to recoup municipal costs associated with the opioid crisis.

Cold Lake health-care aides await COVID-19 raise as management, union argue over top-up

A government-mandated COVID-19 raise for health-care aides has been delayed at a Cold Lake continuing care facility, with management saying the workers' union did not formally agree to the top-up.

Alberta auditor general will review government response to COVID-19 pandemic

Alberta's auditor general will assess the provincial government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and review his office's outstanding recommendations related to seniors care as he determines the scope of the audit.

Alberta government considering using young offender centre to house quarantine rule-breakers

The Alberta government is considering using the Edmonton Young Offender Centre to temporarily house people who refuse orders to quarantine during the pandemic.
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After decades of systemic issues, time to finally overhaul Alberta long-term care, experts say

Experts say the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the impact decades of neglect have had on Alberta's long-term care facilities — and say the provincial government must finally overhaul the system.

Losing the 'rhythm of life': Pandemic's disruption of routines affects our sense of self, experts say

Experts say the COVID-19 pandemic's disruption of our daily routines isn't just frustrating — it can also impact our sense of self.
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'We're in uncharted waters': Doctors adjust as virtual appointments become the new norm

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced Alberta doctors to rapidly reshape their practices, treating patients from a distance when providing hands-on care isn't possible or worth the risk of coronavirus exposure.

Canada Post agrees to Edmonton workers' call for better COVID-19 safety procedures

Canada Post acceded to demands by Edmonton postal workers for more stringent COVID-19 safety protocols only after they took their concerns public and warned of work refusals, the union says.

Alberta government extends wage freeze for non-union employees until April 2021

The Alberta government has extended the wage freeze for non-union public service employees, citing in part the economic upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada Post not providing safe workplaces during pandemic, Edmonton union local says

Unionized workers say management has failed to properly protect employees, increasing the risk of front-line postal workers transmitting COVID-19 to the public as demand for parcel delivery skyrockets.

Calgary dental-lab owner now self-isolating after public complaint filed, AHS says

Alberta Health Services says a Calgary dental-lab owner who allegedly refused to self-isolate after attending a Vancouver dental conference linked to several positive COVID-19 cases is now in self-isolation and their lab is closed as a precaution.

COVID-19: Civil servants say Alberta government slow to develop work-from-home policies

Alberta civil servants are saying their managers are sending conflicting messages and have been slow to develop work-from-home policies that would protect public health.

Alberta government under fire for telling staff to report to work during COVID-19 pandemic

Critics say the Alberta government is needlessly endangering the health of public servants and flouting health officials' advice by directing employees to report for work unless they are showing cold or flu symptoms or have childcare responsibilities.
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Alberta government must overhaul committee reviewing domestic-violence deaths, experts say

The work of Alberta's Family Violence Death Review Committee is vital but often falls short, resulting in sometimes vague recommendations that the government does not act on in any meaningful way, an expert says.