Michelle Bellefontaine

Provincial affairs reporter

Michelle Bellefontaine covers the Alberta legislature in Edmonton. She has also worked as a reporter in the Maritimes and in northern Canada. You can reach her at michelle.bellefontaine @cbc.ca.

Latest from Michelle Bellefontaine

Opposition bill to strengthen conflicts of interest act voted down by UCP MLAs

United Conservative Party MLAs voted down an opposition bill on Thursday that the NDP says would have strengthened Alberta's conflicts of interest act.

Why was Alberta's chief medical officer not consulted in decision to end public health order, NDP asks

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health appeared to be unaware on Wednesday of the premier's intent to end the public health emergency next month.

Alberta energy regulator to face new timelines set by government

The provincial government wants to give itself the power to set deadlines so the Alberta Energy Regulator reviews and approves energy projects within a set amount of time. 

Edmonton public trustees to consider more changes to school calendar

Students who attend Edmonton Public Schools may get a week-long break in May in the 2021-22 school year depending on how trustees vote on two proposed calendars next month

Alberta to delay move to more private surgical facilities due to pandemic

The use of private facilities was part of the Alberta Surgical Initiative announced in December. Under the plan, the government would fund 80,000 additional procedures by 2022-23 and move lower-risk procedures out of hospitals.

Work on Alberta Legislature pandemic plan started in early January

Staff at the Alberta Legislature started working on a plan in early January about how to manage a possible COVID-19 outbreak among staff and MLAs in the assembly building in Edmonton. 

International travellers face enhanced COVID-19 screening at Alberta airports

The Alberta government has set up checkpoints at the province's two international airports to screen incoming passengers from outside Canada for symptoms of COVID-19.

Province shouldn't delay 'fair deal' report too long, panelists say

Two members of Alberta's "fair deal" panel say the government would do a disservice to those who opened their hearts during town halls across the province if it buried the report. 

Arts groups upset over short notice for provincial grant suspensions

Edmonton arts organizations are upset over the province’s decision to suspend the project grant funding they rely on with little warning.

Alberta Parks overwhelmed by high demand for camping reservations

Alberta Parks' online reservation system crashed on Thursday due to high demand from outdoor enthusiasts after bookings opened for the first time since closing in March due to COVID-19.

Alberta barbers and hairstylists to get COVID-19 guidance 'soon'

Hair salons and barbershops were chosen as part of the first group of businesses to reopen because unlike other personal service providers they receive provincially regulated training and follow standards, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health said Thursday. 

New bill offers loans to Alberta utilities to cover payment deferral promise

A new bill will allow Alberta electricity and natural gas providers to borrow to cover some of the costs of a customer payment deferral program announced in March.  

Alberta legislature to resume sitting Wednesday under physical distancing rules

The Alberta legislature will resume sitting on Wednesday so the government can introduce a bill allowing people who lost their jobs due to COVID-19 to delay utility payments.

Industry-specific pandemic safety measures coming for Alberta businesses

Businesses should expect to see safety advice tailored to their specific industry as Alberta starts lifting COVID-19 restrictions later this month. 

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney starts second year in office dealing with 3 crises

As he starts his second year as premier of Alberta, the agenda Kenney was elected on has been pushed aside by three crises — flooding in Fort McMurray, the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic impact of negative oil prices.