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

CBC Explains

Changes could be coming to sexual health education in Alberta. Here's what we know

Premier Danielle Smith's plan to make lessons on sexual health, and sexual orientation and gender identity opt-in would make Alberta the first Canadian province to assume students are excluded from sex education by default.
In Depth

Edmonton schools are facing a space crunch as student numbers continue to grow

Edmonton Catholic Schools estimates 38 per cent of its buildings are at or over capacity. The Edmonton public division, which has more than double the number of schools, says 18 per cent of them are full.

Sarah Hoffman third NDP MLA to join party leadership race

Former deputy leader Sarah Hoffman has officially joined the NDP's leadership race.

Alberta premier says legislation on gender policies for children, youth coming this fall

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith says legislation will come this fall to codify her planned policy changes affecting transgender and non-binary youth and adults.

Alberta government promotes 'pharmacy clinics' to take strain off family doctors, ERs

The Alberta government is touting an expansion of private pharmacy clinics across the province as a significant relief valve for family doctors and emergency rooms under severe strain.

Former Alberta superintendent loses credentials for snooping on diploma exams, falsifying grades

The Alberta government cancelled the teaching and superintendent leadership certificates of a former Red Deer superintendent for changing student grades and snooping on diploma exams.

Rachel Notley to step down as Alberta NDP leader

Former Alberta Premier Rachel Notley will step aside as provincial NDP leader as soon as party members choose her replacement.

Province did everything it could to prepare for winter surge in power demand, minister says

Alberta’s affordability and utilities minister says the provincial government did everything it could to prepare for a surge in demand for power that utilities might not be able to meet.

Alberta teachers call for halt to digital diploma exams after multiple failures

The Alberta Teachers’ Association says the provincial government should stop using new software for Grade 12 diploma exams until problems with the platform are fixed.

Nurses union raises alarm about new overtime restrictions at Alberta Health Services

Financial troubles are prompting Alberta Health Services to cut back on overtime pay, reduce reliance on private staffing agencies and leave some jobs vacant, says a leaked memo to health leaders.