Janet French

Provincial affairs reporter

Janet French covers the Alberta Legislature for CBC Edmonton. She previously spent 15 years working at newspapers, including the Edmonton Journal and Saskatoon StarPhoenix. You can reach her at janet.french@cbc.ca.

Latest from Janet French

New tribute to a complex leader: Calgary society prepares to unveil Winston Churchill monument

While still premier, Jason Kenney announced the statue would be located outside provincial government offices at the McDougall Centre.

New bill would allow Alberta government to take command of local emergencies

The Alberta government wants to give itself new powers to more quickly manage forest fires, floods, droughts and other emergencies.

Alberta won't fix eligibility rules ombudsman says are 'unfair' to people with disabilities

Alberta’s ombudsman says a regulation used to decide if adults with disabilities qualify for government benefits is “unreasonable and improperly discriminatory.”

Edmonton Public Schools opens the door to return police officers to schools

Trustees re-opened the door Tuesday to stationing police officers in schools, more than three years after suspending a long-standing program.

Federal government withdraws offer of 17 Alberta family court judges when province won't meet terms

The Alberta government says it won’t revamp its court system to get federal funding for 17 judges dedicated to hearing family court cases.

Alberta government closing in on new pay model to attract family doctors

The Alberta government says it's closing in on a new deal for family doctor pay, but a physicians' group says it must include those with small patient rosters.

Alberta bill requiring provincial approval of federal funding risks political meddling, academics say

Some Alberta academic leaders say a provincial government bill that proposes to vet all federal funding to post-secondary institutions poses a risk to academic freedom.

Municipal-federal deals to face provincial oversight under proposed Alberta law

Any agreement between the federal government and an Alberta town, school board, university or other provincial entity will need to be vetted by the provincial government, should the legislature pass a new bill.

Province says new Crown corporation for addictions research will be independent, objective

A proposed new Crown corporation for evaluating Alberta’s approach to addictions and mental health will be allowed to publish findings the government disagrees with, officials say.

Service Alberta minister takes aim at discounted 4-litre vodka jugs

Alberta’s minister responsible for liquor, gaming and cannabis says either he or the provincial regulator will review how large plastic jugs of vodka landed on liquor store shelves selling for less than $50.