Rachel Ward


Rachel Ward is a journalist with the Fifth Estate. You can reach her with questions or story ideas at rachel.ward@cbc.ca.

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Orange Shirt Day 'not approved' for military members honouring residential school survivors

A top Canadian Armed Forces official last fall issued a directive barring soldiers from wearing orange to honour the Indigenous survivors of residential schools, internal emails obtained by The Fifth Estate show.

New trial ordered for retired Quebec judge convicted of killing his wife

Federal Justice Minister David Lametti has ordered a new trial for Jacques Delisle, 85, a retired Quebec Court of Appeal judge convicted of first-degree murder in the 2009 death of his wife.
Fifth Estate

Commanding officers interfered in sexual assault investigations, retired military police officer says

A former military police officer says he faced commanding officers who interfered in his sexual assault cases and prosecutors who were reluctant to move forward with charges within the Canadian Armed Forces' justice system.

How a 'woman with a dream' and her book-loving friends gave Calgary a library

When Calgary was small western city of a few thousand people and dusty roads, a group of women decided their rough-and-tumble community needed some sophistication. They decided to create the first public library in Alberta.

SIU clears police officers in the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit has cleared five Toronto police officers of wrongdoing in the death of 29-year-old Regis Korchinski-Paquet, the agency that investigates all serious injuries and deaths involving police, announced Wednesday.
CBC Investigates

Lawyer who posted Black Lives Matter 'leftist lie' video resigns from Alberta judicial vetting committee

A lawyer appointed to a committee tasked with recommending new judges in Alberta has resigned after CBC inquired about his recent comparison of a future COVID-19 vaccine to Auschwitz tattoos and posting of a video that called Black Lives Matter a "leftist lie" controlled by a Jewish philanthropist.

Alberta rural communities eye cost, mechanics of proposed provincial police force

Leaders of some rural communities say they'd like to know how an independent provincial police force would work, and how much it would cost, to replace RCMP detachments across Alberta.

Calgary officials thank 'neighbours helping neighbours' after severe thunderstorm

As Calgarians clean up after a weekend of hail and rain, the city's emergency leaders are thanking people for helping their neighbours after the fierce storm.
CBC Investigates

Alberta purges judicial vetting committee for former Tory cabinet ministers, political supporters

Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer removed the entire committee that vets potential provincial court judges and recruited new members through a closed process that experts say is long outdated.

Calgary, Edmonton police chiefs acknowledge systemic racism but insist they're fighting it

The police chiefs of Alberta's two largest forces say they acknowledge the existence of systemic racism in policing but insist work to stamp is out is underway, and that they're dedicated to doing more.