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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.

Recent Work by Jennifer

Bridging the Municipal Funding Gap: City finances are like a Ponzi scheme, expert says

Bridging the Municipal Funding Gap: City finances are like a Ponzi scheme, expert says

The Ponzi scheme structure is unintentional and not nefarious on the part of municipal governments, planners and leaders, who are not committing any kind of criminal conspiracy, said Daniel Herriges, a senior editor for Strong Towns, a non-profit group that advocates for more sustainable development.
Union highlighting ambulance shortages in province

Union highlighting ambulance shortages in province

Mike Parker, president of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta, said the province used to get 1,000 calls for service per day in the province and now they are getting around 1,500 calls for service per day.
Nearly 50 schools on outbreak status in Alberta

Nearly 50 schools on outbreak status in Alberta

“Since the onset of the school year we have really seen these explosions of cases around the province and its resulting in a mass amount of absence from schools,” said Support Our Students communications director Wing Li.
Bridging the Municipal Funding Gap: More expenditures, same revenue sources

Bridging the Municipal Funding Gap: More expenditures, same revenue sources

"There's a morphing for sure from what our core services are to the gaps that we find ourselves standing in," Sturgeon County Mayor Alanna Hnatiw said. 
Independence, skepticism drive low vaccination rates in rural Alberta

Independence, skepticism drive low vaccination rates in rural Alberta

“There's more COVID cases in our community than we've seen since the beginning,” Paul McLauchlin, reeve of Ponoka County, said.
Rural mayors battle fourth wave, vaccine hesitancy

Rural mayors battle fourth wave, vaccine hesitancy

Misinformation, mistrust in government faulted for low rural vaccination rates.
COVID-19 hospitalizations three times higher in rural Alberta

COVID-19 hospitalizations three times higher in rural Alberta

"Most of the people that are in ICU that are requiring that extreme care, most of those people are unvaccinated."
Vaccine passports brought in as Alberta declares state of public-health emergency

Vaccine passports brought in as Alberta declares state of public-health emergency

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney apologizes as he ushers in restrictions, including limits to social gathering to curb the fourth wave.
Ranchers get $340 million to deal with drought

Ranchers get $340 million to deal with drought

The Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance Initiative through AgriRecovery will help cover feed and water access costs for breeding female livestock across the province.
Bridging the Municipal Funding Gap Series: Infrastructure shortfalls plague councils across the country

Bridging the Municipal Funding Gap Series: Infrastructure shortfalls plague councils across the country

Communities are at a loss for how to grow the money they have into the money they need.