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Jennifer Henderson, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Jennifer Henderson, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Jennifer Henderson is the Local Journalism Initiative reporter covering rural Alberta matters for Great West Newspapers. Her position is funded by the Government of Canada.

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jhenderson@stalbert.greatwest.ca

Recent Work by Jennifer

Couple 'over the moon' to be reunited after two years

Couple 'over the moon' to be reunited after two years

COVID kept pair apart, on opposite sides of the world, for 672 days.
Provincial RCMP look to solve rural cold cases

Provincial RCMP look to solve rural cold cases

There is no set time period that must pass for a homicide to be considered by the historical unit, which focuses on investigations that are months, years, or even decades old.
Rural homelessness a hidden issue, expert says

Rural homelessness a hidden issue, expert says

“It's a bigger problem than people realize. People don't tend to think of homelessness as being a rural issue. But I would say, based on the data we collect, that percentage-wise it's fairly similar to the cities. You just don't see it as much,” said Dee Ann Benard, executive director for the Rural Development Network.
Rural municipalities worried about cost of disaster relief

Rural municipalities worried about cost of disaster relief

At the time of the budget release in March 2021, six of the top 10 costliest Canadian natural disasters happened in Alberta, including the 2016 Fort McMurray fires, the 2013 floods in Calgary and southern Alberta, and the Slave Lake fire in 2011.
Rural women face extra hurdles when accessing women's shelters: report

Rural women face extra hurdles when accessing women's shelters: report

Rural women may also be at greater risk of being threatened with a weapon, and according to the year-end report put out by the ACWS, rural perpetrators of domestic homicide in Canada are significantly more likely to use a gun (46 per cent) to kill their partner compared to a knife (21.2 per cent) or any other weapon.
Nurses happy after striking deal with province: union

Nurses happy after striking deal with province: union

“Most members that I'm hearing from are relieved and looking forward to just putting this chapter behind them,” Shima said Orissa Shima, a nurse at the Sturgeon Community Hospital and president of the local nurses' union.
COVID restrictions led to lost funding, less space for women's shelters: report

COVID restrictions led to lost funding, less space for women's shelters: report

“Overall calls to shelter went down as COVID-19 cases went up. For each wave as the number of cases increased the calls and admissions went down,” said Jan Reimer, director of the Alberta Council of Women's Shelters.
Feds, province announce $300-milllion broadband partnership

Feds, province announce $300-milllion broadband partnership

Projects will be announced in 2022, but due to global supply-chain issues and the ability for the industry to take on projects, communities might not get connected until 2023 or 2024.
Southern Alberta wants its own stable funding for air ambulance

Southern Alberta wants its own stable funding for air ambulance

Rejects idea of amalgamation between HALO, STARS
COVID numbers in rural Alberta drop since fourth wave

COVID numbers in rural Alberta drop since fourth wave

Rural Albertans continue to remain frustrated with the government as the new rules roll out, said Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman, with many left wondering why thousands of people can pack into hockey arenas to see professional teams play while in their small community they are limited on who they can host in their houses.