Raffy Boudjikanian

Raffy Boudjikanian is a national reporter with CBC in Edmonton. He has also worked in Calgary and Montreal for the public broadcaster.

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'Uncharted times': Planning for wildfire season amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Municipal and provincial officials and firefighters in Alberta are gearing up for wildfire season as best they can, but nobody has experience dealing with fire fighting during a pandemic.

Doctors, medical suppliers urge public not to hoard or steal protective gear

Emergency room staff are keeping a closer eye on their supplies, and a medical equipment company has locked its doors to the public as the health-care sector deals with a shortage of masks, disinfectant gel and other protective equipment. 

Habitat for Humanity, heavily in debt in Edmonton, asks low-income families to pay interest

More than 50 low-income families that signed up for what they thought was a zero-per-cent finance agreement with Habitat for Humanity Edmonton for a mortgage now face a credit check they worry they will not pass.
China's Power

Some Canadian schools see China's Confucius Institute as a handy teaching tool. Others reject it as propaganda

While some education institutions have raised concerns about the control China maintains over programs offered by the Confucius Institute at Canadian schools, one school board in Edmonton says its partnership with the government-funded network has been positive.

Rise in RCMP pursuit collisions prompts policy review

The RCMP is reviewing its policy around the pursuit of fleeing vehicles, as CBC News finds an increase in the number of people who ram police cars in the course of those chases.

Some Dawson Creek, B.C., residents concerned about normalization of far-right group

The RCMP has downplayed the threat posed by the Soldiers of Odin in Dawson Creek, B.C., but anti-hate activists are not convinced.

Royal Canadian Legion to investigate hate-group presence in local Alberta branch, ban them

The Royal Canadian Legion says it is looking into how far-right group Soldiers of Odin managed to sign up members at a local Legion branch, rent hall for community dinner.

Banned by Facebook, shunned by politicians, Soldiers of Odin hold event at Royal Canadian Legion branch

The Grande Prairie, Alta., Soldiers of Odin say they have done nothing to earn the white supremacist and racist reputation hounding their organization internationally, and only engage in community work

Behind the scenes of the NDP government's Ford-Kenney offensive

A messaging campaign, developed behind closed doors by NDP staffers last fall, was focused in part on linking UCP Leader Jason Kenney to the education policies of the Conservative government in Ontario.

Cattle farmers say new antibiotics prescription rules will be costly

New federal rules that kick in on Dec. 1 will set limits on farmers’ abilities to procure antibiotics for their livestock.

How TransAlta used a university-sanctioned research project to lobby for the coal industry

Energy giant TransAlta paid the University of Alberta $54,000 to hand-pick one of its researchers to produce a study and other materials it used to lobby the provincial government to try to protect the coal industry, documents obtained by CBC News reveal.

Hosting World Cup games a boost to soccer in Canada, say coaches

Canadian soccer coaches say hosting World Cup games in 2026 will help build a far more intensive system for attracting, developing and retaining top players.

Canadian offshoot of U.S. libertarian campus group says it provides needed counterpoint to liberal bias

Some U.S. academics are warning their Canadian counterparts to be wary of a U.S. libertarian group that has recently set up a chapter on the campus of Simon Fraser University, but its proponents say it provides a much-needed counterpoint to the increasingly liberal bias of academia.

Breaking new ground: Métis in Alberta buy their land from province for 1st time in Canada

The Métis community of Fort McKay, Alta., has become the first in Canada to buy all of the land it's on from a provincial government. The $1.6 million transaction is being announced today.

The right's resurgence and the NDP's pipeline push: The year in Alberta politics

As popular former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney unites Alberta's fractured political right, Rachel Notley's NDP government ties its electoral fortunes to a slowly rekindling economy and pipelines.