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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B.C. Court of Appeal quashes conviction of woman in toddler's death, calling it 'miscarriage of justice'

Tammy Bouvette, now 39, has long insisted she did not abuse or kill a toddler who became unresponsive in the bathtub while under her care in Cranbrook, B.C., in 2011. Her lawyers and the Crown now say Bouvette suffered a miscarriage of justice.
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Bosses of Alberta men accused in plot to murder Mounties still under investigation, court docs suggest

One of the men accused of plotting to kill RCMP officers at the Alberta border blockade last winter told investigators he believed "all police should die" and said protesters were prepared to "slit [officers'] throats," newly released court documents reveal.

Hundreds show up at Lethbridge courthouse to support men charged in Coutts border blockade

Three men charged in connection with the Coutts, Alta., border blockades elected to be tried by judge and jury before a packed courtroom Friday, after a convoy of trucks and protesters descended on the Lethbridge courthouse.     

Man accused of plot to murder Mounties sold his home 'to be part of the revolution,' documents allege

One of the men accused of plotting to murder RCMP officers during the border blockade at Coutts, Alta., earlier this year told an undercover officer he had sold his home so he ‘could afford to be part of the revolution,’ according to newly unredacted documents.

Alberta men accused in plot to murder Mounties saw undercover cops as 'girls' who could help: court records

Newly released records show police believed the Alberta men now accused of plotting to murder RCMP officers debated having two women smuggle a hockey bag filled with guns into a protest against pandemic-related restrictions.

Canadian Forces rescinds appointment of high-ranking military police officer sanctioned for sexual comments

The head of Canada’s military police has revoked his appointment of a military police officer who faced sanctions three years ago for making sexual comments about three women at a Christmas policing function.

How a failed deal with China to produce a made-in-Canada COVID-19 vaccine wasted months and millions

The federal government’s failed collaboration with a vaccine manufacturing company in China early in the pandemic has led to a delay of nearly two years in efforts to create a made-in-Canada COVID-19 vaccine.

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.
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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.