Stephen David Cook

Stephen David Cook is a journalist based in Edmonton, Alberta. You can reach him on Twitter at @stephencooked or via email at

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Saddle Lake family business crafts PPE that honours Cree culture

A business founded by a Saddle Lake Cree Nation family is finding success creating personal protective equipment that draws on Indigenous culture.

Optimism in Alberta's Black community as Kaycee Madu appointed justice minister

The appointment of Edmonton-South West MLA Kaycee Madu as justice minister and solicitor general is being celebrated by some members of Alberta's Black community as a way to bring needed perspective to the justice system.

Whatever happened to the Alberta superlab?

The site of a hotly-contested $595-million capital project now returns to relative obscurity.

New addictions 'recovery community' announced for Red Deer

The province is committing up to $5 million to build a 75-bed facility in Red Deer as part of its recovery community program unveiled earlier this week

City of Edmonton alleges $1.6M stolen in scheme involving employees

A city employee with a side business in traffic sign rentals inappropriately directed work to the private company, the auditor's report says.

Jasper National Park issues new restrictions to enforce physical distancing with wildlife

More human and wildlife encounters are typical this time of year but Jasper Park has for the first time put restrictions on wildlife viewings in place.

Crowd gathers at Edmonton courthouse to support families of two slain Alberta hunters

A crowd of about 70 people gathered outside the Edmonton courthouse Tuesday to support the families of Jacob Sansom and his uncle Maurice Cardinal, both killed during a hunting trip in March.

Province says 141 communities absent from rural physician program an error

The government says the absence of 141 communities from a list of areas eligible for a rural physician compensation program was an error.

Edmonton community league project keeps residents connected during pandemic

A group of volunteers from the Queen Alexandra neighborhood are spearheading a community league project to help residents during the pandemic. The Queen Alexandra COVID-19 Response is dedicated to connecting residents and helping those who need it with everything from shoveling to dog walking.

Edmonton ICU doctor warns COVID-19 can be serious risk for young people

Dr. Raiyan Chowdhury is a critical care specialist who does work at the Royal Alexandra Hospital's intensive care unit in Edmonton. In a phone interview Wednesday, he described some of the things he’s seen from the frontlines of the pandemic.

Edmonton small businesses hurting due to COVID-19 shutdown

Small businesses in Edmonton are struggling even as federal and provincial governments work to ease economic pain from COVID-19.

Edmonton council votes to continue talks about gondola project

City council voted 8-5 Monday to have the administration continue talks with a private company that wants to build a gondola to link the Old Strathcona area to downtown.

Research details different accents across the Prairies

Ongoing research from linguistic student Bryce Wittrock is looking at pronunciation differences between Prairie provinces. Early findings indicating there may be a difference in the way people speak depending where you are in Alberta.

Long hours and full kennels: animal rescues contend with cold dogs

As the extreme cold continues across the province, animal rescues are struggling to keep up with demand.

Advocates propose new Edmonton feral cat management plan

A group of local feline advocates is proposing a more aggressive and collaborative approach to deal with Edmonton's estimated 63,000 feral cats.