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_

Latest from Jennie Russell, Charles Rusnell

Body-dragging incident violated rules but was isolated event, investigation finds

An incident in which a funeral home employee dragged a body along the floor of a refrigerated trailer breached protocol but was a "one-time incident" at an overwhelmed Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, an investigation has concluded.

Doug Schweitzer pressured for support of Springbank dam project, emails show

Personal emails between Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer and Steve Allan, appointed by Schweitzer to head a high-profile public inquiry, reveal such an obvious conflict of interest that the province’s ethics commissioner must investigate, experts say.

Alberta privacy commissioner launches probe into liquor store ID-scan system

“The investigation will determine whether the use of this technology is compliant with the Personal Information Protection Act, Alberta’s private sector privacy law,” the privacy commissioner’s office said in a news release Thursday.

Political watchdog urges ethics commissioner to investigate Alberta justice minister

Democracy Watch is once again urging Alberta's ethics commissioner to investigate Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer's decision to appoint a campaign donor and supporter to a lucrative position.

Former Edmonton MLA Carl Benito heading to trial on immigration-fraud charges

Former Progressive Conservative MLA Carl Benito is heading to trial on several immigration-fraud charges.

Alberta chief medical examiner Dr. Elizabeth Brooks-Lim resigns

Dr. Elizabeth Brooks-Lim, Alberta’s chief medical examiner, has resigned, the third departure from that position in five years.

Kenney government praises Pembina Institute, alleged energy industry enemy, in court documents

Premier Jason Kenney's claim that the non-profit Pembina Institute is an enemy of Alberta's energy industry is contradicted in documents his own government filed in court.

Chief electoral officer promises to hire new election commissioner

Alberta’s chief electoral officer said for the first time Friday he will hire a replacement for fired former election commissioner Lorne Gibson. 

Potential weakening of Alberta election finance laws 'very concerning,' political scientist says

An Alberta government lawyer’s arguments in court last week signal the United Conservative government intends to quietly weaken the province’s election finance law, in a move that would be “very concerning,” a political scientist says.

Auditor general uncovers more troubling financial irregularities at Alberta Energy Regulator

The former head of the Alberta Energy Regulator, Jim Ellis, knowingly broke provincial compensation law by handing cash bonuses of $21,000 to two senior executives, one of several troubling abuses of public money revealed by the auditor general in his latest report.

Environmental law charity Ecojustice files legal challenge of Alberta public inquiry

Ecojustice, the environmental charity targeted by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s government, has launched a legal challenge of the province’s controversial inquiry into alleged foreign-funded attacks on Alberta’s energy industry.

Justice minister deflects questions about appointment of political supporter as inquiry commissioner

Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer deflected questions Tuesday about his decision to effectively appoint a political supporter to a $290,000 position as commissioner of the public inquiry into alleged foreign-funded attacks on Alberta’s energy industry.

Alberta government won't investigate controversial $905K sole-source contract

The Alberta government will not investigate the controversial $905,000 sole-source contract public inquiry commissioner Steve Allan personally awarded to the law firm in which his son is a partner.

Alberta medical examiner's office may have lost culture of respect for the dead, expert says

A professor who studies the sociology of dying says a CBC News video of a body being dragged on the floor of a trailer shows the “culture of respect” for the dead he had witnessed at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Alberta may no longer exist.

UCP government reverses controversial pay, overtime rules for wildfire lookout observers

The Alberta government has reinstated pay and overtime exemptions for fire lookout observers, ending arbitrarily imposed interim rules the observers’ union said had led to several undetected fires and increased the risk to public safety and property.