Jordan Omstead

Jordan Omstead is a reporter with CBC Edmonton.

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Abandon ship: Water levels, ice chunks push Edmonton Queen to shore

A maintenance crew aboard the Edmonton Queen say they had to abandon ship on Wednesday when rising water levels and thick ice chunks thrust the boat onto the banks of the North Saskatchewan River.

Critics slam budget decision to kill $122M provincial operations centre project

The Alberta government has pulled $122-million in funding for a new disaster response headquarters, despite two reports calling for a modern facility in the aftermath of the largest disasters in recent provincial history. 

New law would make Albertans organ donors unless they opt out

A private member's bill before the Alberta legislature wants to transition the province to an opt-out organ donation program — where adults are presumed to be organ donors unless they otherwise refuse.

Advocates concerned Alberta conscience rights bill could put trans people at risk

Advocates say a bill before the Alberta legislature, purported to defend the conscience rights of health-care professionals, could effectively legalize discrimination against transgender people. 

Downtown homeless encampments prompt city to ramp up housing efforts

The City of Edmonton says it’s boosting efforts to get people sleeping rough into housing amid an increase in downtown homeless encampments and as temperatures dip below zero degrees.

Seclusion rooms used over 700 times in 1 month at Edmonton public schools: report

A new report from Edmonton Public School Board shows students were placed in seclusion rooms 716 times in the first month of school, offering the first district-wide view of the controversial practice.

'I'm not alone in this battle': Sisters in Spirit Vigil expected to draw hundreds

People in Edmonton are expected to join thousands across Canada in a vigil for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls on Friday.

Scheer campaigns in Edmonton battleground ridings

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer campaigned in two Edmonton battleground ridings on Saturday, enlisting the help of Premier Jason Kenney, as his party looks to retake seats in Alberta.

Little harvest, big impact: Alberta volunteer farmers help battle global hunger

About 300 acres of Alberta barley could help raise close to half a million dollars to battle global hunger.

Edmonton police investigating blog posts targeting LGBTQ gym

An Edmonton LGBTQ gym has temporarily closed after it was the target of a series of blog posts, prompting an investigation from the Edmonton Police Hate Crimes Unit.

Child advocate warns about use of pepper spray, segregation in Alberta young offender centres

Alberta's child advocate is calling for more oversight into the use of pepper spray and segregation at young offender centres in Calgary and Edmonton.

Catch of the day: Edmonton man finds dinosaur fossil in river valley while fishing

Myles Curry went into the river valley to catch fish and he came out with a foot-long dinosaur bone.

'Truly amazing honour': St. Albert arena renamed after NHL star Jarome Iginla

NHL great Jarome Iginla has quite literally solidified his place in hockey history in his hometown of St. Albert, Alta. 

Future of distracted driving technology makes Edmonton pitch

An Australian technology firm that uses artificial intelligence to catch distracted drivers made a pitch to an Edmonton conference on Friday.

Better training means more enforcement of drug-impaired driving in Edmonton

Edmonton police are conducting more than 10 times the number of drug-impaired driving investigations compared to five years ago, but the boost is the result of better training of officers and not necessarily due to an increase in high driving.