Zahra Premji


Zahra Premji is a host/reporter for CBC News in Edmonton. She has worked in B.C. and Manitoba on various stories from health and crime to asylum seekers and immigration. You can reach her at

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Edmontonians aim to come out of COVID-19 isolation with new skills

It's easy to get caught up feeling lonely while self-isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic. But if you take to social media or head online, it isn't hard to find someone teaching or learning a new skill.

Edmonton man handed 45-month sentence for killing mother

An Edmonton man who stabbed his mother to death in her kitchen three years ago was sentenced Wednesday to three years and nine months behind bars, less time served.

Service Alberta lays off 26 managers as government cuts continue

Service Alberta confirmed to CBC News on Tuesday that more than two dozen department managers responsible for information technology have been let go from their jobs.

After 120 years of teaching children, rural Alberta school learns it could face closure

For 120 years, New Humble Centre School has been an institution. Now the Black Gold School Division has given a notice that it will assess whether the rural elementary should be shut down.

'Risk of people dying': Albertans respond to possible changes with supervised consumption sites

Health professionals and community members in Edmonton are responding to Premier Jason Kenney's announcement that the province could close or relocate some supervised drug consumption sites across Alberta.

Ice fog settles over frozen Edmonton in frigid temperatures

What's that haze? Why can't I see clearly? Questions many Edmontonians woke up asking themselves Wednesday as a thick layer of ice fog spread across the city.

Cannabis edibles now available at some Edmonton stores

It's been a waiting game for cannabis consumers hoping to get their hands on the legalized edibles, but the wait is finally over, somewhat.

Edmonton photo radar peace officer fired after being filmed sleeping on the job

An Edmonton Peace Officer is off the job two months after a complaint was filed against her for allegedly falling asleep while conducting photo radar.

Time to 'pass the torch': Edmonton fire chief reflects on 40 years of service

In a year-end interview with CBC News, Edmonton fire Chief Ken Block reflects on some of the most memorable moments of his career.

What's less fun than a brand-new toy? The environmental impact of all that packaging

For kids, there is nothing like the excitement of opening a box containing a new toy. But an Edmonton environmental expert says that joy has a downside: the disposal of the cardboard, twist ties and plastics in which the item has been so perfectly packaged.

More than 100 fall ill in norovirus outbreak at care facility northwest of Edmonton

More than 100 residents and staff at a care facility northwest of Edmonton are struggling with a norovirus outbreak.

'I was unlovable, I didn't have worth': Survivor of sex trafficking shares her story

From an early age, Deborah Kinisky faced sexual abuse more than a dozen times. She's sharing her story now in hopes of bringing awareness to human trafficking.

Rural Alberta community mourning after a year of tragedy

A rural Alberta community is grappling with the death of another child in less than a year. Four children, all under the age of 10, have died in different incidents in the small hamlet.

'They are dying to have those rights': New Canadian reflects on right to vote

With the federal election around the corner, Basel Abou Hamarah is preparing for his first chance to take part in democracy in a way he has never experienced it before.

Edmonton police and health sector must work together, chief says

A stronger link between the health sector and policing is needed to address some key crime concerns in Edmonton, says police Chief Dale McFee.