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Her father died from COVID-19, and now the RCMP are investigating

The RCMP have just opened an investigation into the death of Benito Quesada, who was one of three workers who died during the COVID-19 outbreak at the Cargill meat plant in High River, Alta. Today, CBC investigative reporter Dave Seglins on why that’s a significant move and the challenges around corporate accountability in the time of COVID-19.
Ariana Quesada, 16, holds up a photo of her father Benito Quesada in front of the RCMP detachment in High River, Alta. Her father died after becoming one of hundreds of workers at Cargill's High River meat-processing facility to contract COVID-19. The company is now the subject of a police investigation. (Justin Pennell/CBC)

Last Friday, 16-year-old Ariana Quesada walked into an RCMP station in High River, Alta., to file a formal complaint about the death of her father, Benito, who died eight months ago of COVID-19. He worked at the Cargill meat-packing plant, home to the largest coronavirus outbreak in the country, with at least 950 staff members contracting it last spring.

The RCMP have now opened an investigation into Benito Quesada's death.

Today, CBC investigative reporter Dave Seglins on Benito's story and larger questions about corporate responsibility in a global pandemic.