Jordan Omstead

Jordan Omstead is a reporter with CBC Edmonton.

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Camp Pekiwewin calls for COVID-19 support, redoubles demand for free transit

As COVID-19 cases spike in Edmonton and AHS confirms an outbreak linked to the city's largest shelter, Pekiwewin organizers want a plan to prevent the virus from sweeping through the camp.

Fired Edmonton woman files human rights complaint for dress-code discrimination at car dealership

Legal experts say Caitlin Bernier's dismissal is a case study in the constrained, complex rights of probationary workers, Alberta human rights law and the ongoing discrimination women face in male-dominated industries.

Camp Pekiwewin issues new demands, collaborates with service agencies

The new demands and official collaboration with innercity agencies mark the beginnings of a broad shift at Pekiwewin, as organizers look to leverage the emergency relief encampment into a critical link between campers and housing options before the winter hits.

Alberta Teachers' Association calls on province to delay start of school year

The Alberta Teachers' Association is calling on the province to push back the first day of school until after Labour Day to give teachers and principals more time to prepare for a school year under the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Depth

'This is about prayer': Inside Edmonton's Camp Pekiwewin

Camp Pekiwewin is pushing Edmonton toward a public reckoning with the policing of homelessness as organizers rally behind their list of demands.

Crowded Alberta beach sparks COVID-19 concern, online outcry

A packed weekend gathering of people at an Alberta beach has sparked COVID-19 concerns from residents and politicians, as pictures of the scene generating critical comments on social media.

Victim remembered, driver charged in fatal Edmonton car crash

An Edmonton man killed in a single-vehicle car crash is being remembered by his family as a generous, caring person with strong ties to his community.

Habitat Edmonton CEO steps down amid legal battle

Karen Stone has stepped down from her role with the charity, which has been embroiled in a months-long legal battle with 57 low-income families.

Edmonton Eskimos release player for posting homophobic tweet

The Edmonton Eskimos have released receiver Christion Jones for a homophobic tweet he sent out on the same day as global Pride celebrations.

Mediation talks on the table for charged Habitat Edmonton legal battle

Habitat Edmonton said it’s willing to engage in mediation with families suing them for breach of contract, the latest development in a case that’s seen a judge accused of a conflict of interest and Habitat International criticize the local charity this week. 

School board to reconsider school resource officer motion following trustee resignation

Edmonton Public Schools will reconsider a motion to remove police from its schools following the resignation of a trustee who suggested officers act as a deterrent to potentially violent refugee students.

Habitat International calls on Edmonton affiliate to halt action against 57 families

Habitat for Humanity International is criticizing its Edmonton affiliate for the handling of a dispute with 57 partner families, urging them to halt any further action in the case until an independent mediator can be appointed. 

Judge who ruled in favour of Habitat Edmonton donated to charity

The judge who ruled in favour of Habitat for Humanity Edmonton in a recent injunction application has donated to the charity in each of the past two years, casting doubt on his impartiality.

Disability advocates call on DATS to reverse 'discriminatory' changes to service

Disability advocates are calling on Edmonton's acccessible transit system to reverse what they say are discriminatory changes introduced during the pandemic.

First Nations appeal Alberta Energy Regulator decision to suspend monitoring requirements

The Athabasca Chipewyan, Fort McKay and Mikisew Cree First Nations say they were not consulted before the Alberta Energy Regulator issued the decision, which they say has a clear impact on the regulator’s ability to identify and mitigate impacts on their traditional territory.