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December 01, 2010

Is Dr. Raj Sherman being smeared?

posted by David Thompson

Many are asking this question. And it's an important question, as it relates to the degree of democracy in Alberta; whistleblowers take serious personal and career risks when they raise matters of public interest, and they need protection, as previous Parkland Institute research has pointed out...

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Tagged with: health care, healthcare, Raj Sherman
November 30, 2010

Leaked document makes clear intention to undermine public health

posted by Diana Gibson

Yesterday a government power point presentation titled Alberta's Health Legislation: Moving Forward was leaked to the press and public. The 27 page document clearly advocates policies that would shrink and undermine the public health system, a direction that is consistent with this government's track record and which the public has consistently and repeatedly rejected....

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Tagged with: Alberta health act, health care, healthcare, privatization
November 28, 2010

Memo to Energy Minister Liepert: Royalties are not taxes

posted by Regan Boychuk

Already “under attack for allegedly being rude and dismissive when he was health minister,” current Energy Minister Ron Liepert conceded he hadn’t read the Parkland Institute’s new report on vast oilpatch profits but that didn’t stop him from dismissing it...

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Tagged with: economics, energy policy, oil and gas, Ron Liepert, royalties
November 26, 2010

Time for dialogue about more than cookies

posted by Diana Gibson

So, the axe has finally fallen and Stephen Duckett has been fired. As the dust settles, Raj Sherman sits as an independent and premier Stelmach says he is tired of the theatre. But a look behind the headlines shows us that it has all been theatre.
 

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Tagged with: Duckett, health care, healthcare, post secondary, Sherman
November 26, 2010

Responding to government and industry on profits

posted by Regan Boychuk

Parkland released its latest report yesterday morning, detailing the huge scale of oilpatch profits – Misplaced Generosity: Extraordinary profits in Alberta’s oil and gas industry.  Many of the responses from government and industry were predictable – that’s why they were addressed in the report.  Let’s run through the standard excuses offered for the string of royalty cuts Albertans have watched their government hand out over the last two years.
 

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Tagged with: energy policy, oil and gas, oil profits, royalties, tar sands

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