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The Parkland Institute is an Alberta research network situated within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. It operates within the established and distinctive tradition of Canadian political economy and is non-partisan. Read more »
 
 

Directly and Adversely Affected:

Public Participation in Tar Sands Development 2005-2014

Directly and Adversely Affected

Will Albertans have a voice in the fate of the tar sands under the new Alberta Energy Regulator? Lessons from the previous regulatory regime suggest it will be an uphill battle.

On the Job:

Why Unions Matter in Alberta

On the Job

By focusing on the impact of unions in the areas of wages, worker safety, and income inequality, this report documents the contributions of the labour movement to ensuring the well-being of all Albertans.

Less Exclusion, More Engagement:

Addressing declining voter turnout in Alberta

Less Exclusion, More Engagement

A survey-based study looking at who doesn't vote in Alberta elections and why.

Latest Research

October 29, 2014

Directly and Adversely Affected:

Public Participation in Tar Sands Development 2005-2014

May 21, 2014

On the Job:

Why Unions Matter in Alberta

April 23, 2014

Less Exclusion, More Engagement:

Addressing declining voter turnout in Alberta

Parkland in the Media

November 17, 2014 | for immediate release

Conference challenges growing wealth concentration

People vs Profiteers – November 21-23, University of Alberta

Parkland Institute’s annual fall conference this year will seed to address why, at a time of remarkable wealth production, the money seems to be skewing in very particular directions, and away from workers, women, visible minorities, the disabled, and the poor and towards a small minority, and what can and should be done about it. read more »

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October 29, 2014 | for immediate release

Alberta Energy Regulator unlikely to advance public interest – new report

Single regulator makes it easier for industry, but maintains old barriers to public participation

A new fact sheet released this morning by the Parkland Institute finds that Alberta’s new energy regulator, the AER, will do very little to improve Albertans’ abilities to have a say in how the province’s energy resources, particularly its massive bitumen deposits, are developed. read more »

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Directly and Adversely Affected

June 28, 2014 | Lethbridge Heral

For Harper government, bad policy is great politics

by Trevor Harrison
The Harper government’s recently proposed prostitution law has been widely condemned as unworkable, unconstitutional and hazardous to those working in the sex trade; that it is, in short, bad policy. To criticize the Harper government on policy grounds, however, is to miss the point that it is not actually interested in sound, rational policy. Its sole interest is staying in power. read more »

June 16, 2014 | Edmonton Journal

Tax advantage — but for whom?


May 21, 2014 | for immediate release

Unions critical to well-being of all Albertans: new study

Strong correlation with better wages, improved workplace safety, and greater equality

April 23, 2014 | for immediate release

Who’s not voting in Alberta and why?

New report shows lack of time and inhibiting structural factors are important elements

March 29, 2014 | Lethbridge Herald

Beware the wealthy bearing gifts

Altruism of the wealthy is sometimes done for less saintly reasons

March 07, 2014 | for immediate release

Budget 2014 a missed opportunity to address inequality

Progressive taxes would reduce inequality, improve well-being, and stabilize provincial revenues

March 5, 2014 | Edmonton Journal, A19

Social Impact Bonds: An investment in the wrong direction


February 25, 2014 | for immediate release

New fact sheet says Alberta could save billions by addressing growing inequality

Fairer taxes and well-funded public services would improve health and reduce costs

November 15, 2013 | Edmonton Journal, A22

Who controls knowledge?


Upcoming Events

What's New

posted Oct 20, 2014

Parkland is Hiring

Parkland Institute is now accepting applications for two Research Manager positions.

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posted May 07, 2014

Parkland Event and Alberta Could Tour

  • Parkland is co-sponsoring an event with Evidence for Democracy tonight: Standing up for Science-a crash course
  • PIA has launched a new tax reform campaign and website that will be followed up with a provincial tour
  • Fall conference dates

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posted Jul 18, 2013

Next Up now accepting applications

Applications for the 2013/2014 Next Up Youth Leadership programs in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Saskatoon are now being accepted.

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