Jennie Russell, Charles Rusnell

Investigative reporters

Charles Rusnell and Jennie Russell 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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Witness testifies he urged Bradley Barton to call police about bleeding woman in bathtub

Bradley Barton had to be urged to call police after he awakened in his hotel room to find a bleeding, unresponsive woman, in the bathtub of his hotel room, a witness testified Wednesday. 

Critics denounce 'climate-change denialism' reports commissioned by Alberta inquiry

A $3.5-million Alberta government public inquiry into alleged foreign-funded anti-energy campaigns has posted commissioned studies that experts say are based on junk climate-denial science, bizarre conspiracy theories and oil-industry propaganda.

Grande Prairie surgeon who taped noose to operating room door guilty of unprofessional conduct

A white Grande Prairie surgeon who tied a rope noose and taped it to the door of an operating room in June 2016 has been found guilty of unprofessional conduct by the regulatory body governing Alberta doctors.

Alberta planning COVID-19 field hospitals for 750 patients, internal document shows

An internal Alberta government document shows the province has been planning for more than a week to set up indoor field hospitals to treat 750 COVID-19 patients.

Secret recordings reveal political directives, tension over Alberta's pandemic response

Audio recordings of daily planning meetings obtained by CBC News as well as meeting minutes and interviews with staff involved in pandemic planning give a rare look at the push-and-pull of the COVID-19 response in Alberta.

Discipline for Edmonton police officers behind drug-arrest photo inadequate, lawyer says

Three Edmonton police officers responsible for a photo, posted to social media, that ridiculed a shirtless, handcuffed prisoner allegedly high on drugs have received additional training following an internal investigation — a disciplinary decision a criminal defence lawyer says is inadequate and will further undermine public trust in the police force.

Grande Prairie surgeon denies targeting Black colleague with noose

A white Grande Prairie surgeon denies he targeted a Black surgical assistant in June 2016 by tying a noose and then taping it to the operating room door at Grande Prairie’s Queen Elizabeth II Hospital.

Alberta Health Services to lay off up to 11,000 staff, mostly through outsourcing

Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro has softened an aggressive plan to lay off front-line staff, including nurses, and extended the timeframe for a massive overhaul of the province's health-care system citing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

NDP asks auditor general to investigate procurement process for private surgical facilities

The Opposition NDP alleges Health Minister Tyler Shandro and other senior government officials have politically interfered in the procurement process for private surgical facilities.
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Experts raise alarm about proposed largest private surgical facility in Alberta history

Experts say the lack of transparency and the political lobbying surrounding a proposal to build what would be the largest private surgical facility in Alberta’s history is troubling given what they say could be a major upheaval of the province’s publicly funded health-care system.

Alberta information commissioner finds public interest in information often not considered

Alberta public bodies, such as government ministries, school boards, and municipalities, need to more often consider releasing information that is clearly in the public interest, the province's information and privacy commissioner says.

Ecojustice asks court to stop inquiry into alleged foreign-funded anti-Alberta energy campaigns

An environmental law group is seeking an injunction that would suspend the provincial government's controversial inquiry into alleged foreign-funded attacks on Alberta's energy industry until the court can rule on an earlier legal challenge.
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Alberta health authorities failing doctors, public with response to 2016 noose incident: experts

Statements issued by provincial health authorities in response to a 2016 racist incident involving a noose displayed in a Grande Prairie hospital are likely to further erode public trust in their ability to discipline physicians, legal experts say.

Ethics commissioner finds no conflict with justice minister appointing political supporter to inquiry post

Alberta's ethics commissioner has concluded Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer did not breach the province's conflicts of interest act by appointing donor and political supporter Steve Allan to lead the province’s public inquiry into alleged foreign-funded attacks on the oil industry.

AHS should have called police, fired doctor in noose incident, says civil liberties group

A white doctor who targeted a Black surgical assistant by taping a noose to a door in a Grande Prairie hospital in 2016 should have been fired and the police should have been called in to conduct an investigation, says the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.