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January 11, 2012

Are we working too much?

posted by Diana Gibson

As a province that works amongst the highest number of hours in a nation that works amongst the highest number of hours in the OECD, Alberta needs to take stock. A new report from the New Economics Foundation lays out a very bold and ambitious vision.

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Tagged with: labour, work hours
September 23, 2011

Sprawl means debt

posted by Diana Gibson

Edmonton's figures show that new neighbourhoods in the outskirts are going to cost the City money - a lot of money.  More than they bring in - by billions of dollars.

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Tagged with: development, Edmonton, sprawl
June 09, 2011

If we had the evidence, we wouldn’t need an investigation!

posted by Diana Gibson

This week allegations of influence peddling by MLAs who were getting priority access for friends and family to health care services were brought to light. Stephen Duckett, formerly of health superboard infamy, mentioned in a speech that this behaviour had been a concern for him when he was chief administrator- enough of a concern that he issued a memo on it.

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Tagged with: health care, healthcare, investigation, Stephen Duckett
May 26, 2011

Oilpatch myths cost Albertans dearly

posted by Regan Boychuk

Alberta was blessed with trillions of dollars worth of non-renewable natural resources, but there are a variety of myths clouding the debate over how well the province’s Progressive Conservative governments have been managing that wealth on behalf of citizens.

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Tagged with: energy policy, oil sands, tarsands
May 23, 2011

Liepert is the one who’s out of touch

posted by Diana Gibson

Alberta's Energy Minister Ron Liepert told the US media that Barack Obama is out of touch with Americans for putting environmental concerns before jobs with regards to the Keystone pipeline. Liepert is showing his true colours. He is the one out of touch.

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Tagged with: energy policy, environment, pipelines, Ron Liepert

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