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CBC Edmonton’s Charles Rusnell and Jennie Russell on Investigative Journalism and Alison Redford’s “Sky Palace” Takedown

alison-redfordIn early 2014, it seems many people had heard the rumour a private penthouse apartment was being built for then-premier Alison Redford at public expense. We [Charles Rusnell and Jennie Russell from CBC Edmonton’s Investigative Unit, this article’s authors] turned rumour into fact, and the story that became known as Redford’s “Skypalace” made national headlines. Under pressure from within her own caucus, Redford resigned as premier the week before the Skypalace documents were released to us. 

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NFB Presents “Memento Mori”, an Evocative Cinematic Journey Alongside the Living and the Dying

memento-moriMemento mori is an evocative cinematic journey alongside the living and the dying, bringing to the screen a human drama never-before captured on film. With remarkable access to Canada’s busiest organ-transplant hospital, we witness one of the most profound experiences in any human life: the loss of a child, and the agonizing decision this tragedy demands. The documentary was created by two acclaimed Edmonton-based documentarians, director Niobe Thompson and producer Rosvita Dransfeld, 

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Alberta Book: In “Where the Bodies Lie” by Mark Lisac, Alberta Politics is the Backdrop for a New Thriller

Where the Bodies Lie Mark Lisac has some experience with politics — as a reporter at the Alberta Legislature, and author of two non-fiction books, Alberta Politics Uncovered and The Klein Revolution. In his new political thriller, Where the Bodies Lie [published by Edmonton’s NeWest Press], he takes his political knowledge into the fictional realm. In Where the Bodies Lie, a cabinet minister runs over and kills one of the local constituency executives with his half-ton truck in broad daylight in what is determined to be an accident. Harry Asher, a lawyer and former hockey player with a penchant for visiting gravesites, is asked by his friend the premier to investigate and find out if there is more to this event than meets the eye.

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Red Deer’s Melissa Kreil Gets $10,000 to Make Short Film About a Women’s Stuggle

melissa-kreilRed Deer’s Melissa Kreil will receive $10,000 from Telus Optik to create a short film about a woman’s mental struggle “between darkness and light.” The short experimental film, Henna, is being produced by Kreil, a recent graduate of the NAIT film program in Edmonton. It’s being written and directed by her former NAIT classmate, Sami Kaur, who was born and raised in India, and supports the global empowerment of women, said Kreil.

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Writers’ Guild of Alberta to Present Calgary’s 7th Annual Scotiabank Giller Light Bash on November 7

wga-novembergillerbashWith the support of Shelf Life Books, Wordfest, Freehand Books and Frontier College—the Writers’ Guild of Alberta will host Calgary’s 7th annual celebration of the Scotiabank Giller Prize. This event brings readers, writers and supporters of the arts together in a vibrant and entertaining atmosphere to celebrate books, reading and to raise money for literacy. Local book blogger and President of the WGA, Anne Logan, will host the evening.

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Alberta Media Personality – Janet Dirks, Alberta Bureau Chief, CTV National News

dirks-janetAs Alberta Bureau Chief for CTV National News, Janet Dirks covers all major news breaking in the region. On any given day, she may pitch a story or be assigned a story, research, write, tape a segment, edit at the CTV station in Calgary or on the road, or do live hits when needed. Dirks’ career took a few twists and turns on her way to becoming a two-time Jack Webster Award-winning journalist. She completed an Honours history degree before completing a law degree at the University of Victoria and being called to the bar in 1987.

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Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a news junkie with a penchant for publishing, politics, communications, gardening, hiking, reading, the arts and training nonprofit organizations in media relations and social media communications in Alberta (BA in English with Honours, U of A; Master of Publishing, SFU)

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