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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 »
 
 

ACSW Social Policy Framework 2010:

Visioning a more equitable and just Alberta

ACSW Social Policy Framework 2010

Alberta's growing inequality carries tremendous costs that cut across all of society. This policy agenda comes out of the ongoing work of the Alberta College of Social Workers to identify the sources of that inequality and recommend solutions.

Women’s equality a long way off in Alberta:

Alberta most unequal province in Canada

Women’s equality a long way off in Alberta Alberta ranks last in Canada on a number of measures of women's economic equality. Alberta is also the only province where there is no voice for women, either through a ministry responsible for the status of women, women's directorate, or advisory council on the status of women.

Latest Research

January 15, 2015

A dirty business:

The exclusion of Alberta farm workers from injury compensation

December 03, 2014

A Profitable Brew:

A Financial Analysis of the SLGA and Its Potential Privatization

October 29, 2014

Directly and Adversely Affected:

Public Participation in Tar Sands Development 2005-2014

Parkland in the Media

February 23, 2015 | Edmonton Journal, A13

Opinion: Klein’s policies got us into this mess

Budget cuts of 1990s did lasting damage

by Ricardo Acuña
It’s curious how the proponents of the “cut first and ask questions later” approach to provincial budgeting continue trying to spread the myth Ralph Klein’s cuts in the 1990s were necessary, and that somehow Alberta and Albertans are better off because of them. It’s as if they believe that singing the same refrains over and over will make them true. But the reality is that these claims are as false today as they were back in 1993. Read more »

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January 31, 2015 | Edmonton Journal

Plan for a low-carbon Alberta

by Gordon Laxer
As Alberta’s economic engine falters, now is a good time to rethink the province putting all its eggs in bitumen’s basket.

When their crops failed, Alberta’s farmers had the pluck to persevere. There’s always next year. That resilience in the face of adversity served them well. But a next-year-country optimism is misplaced when applied to Alberta’s unconventional oil. Read more »

January 15, 2015 | for immediate release

Politics leaves tens of thousands of farm workers without workers’ compensation protection

The agricultural industry has among the highest fatality rate of any occupation in the country, and farm workers face higher risk for a range of occupational cancers. Despite that reality, the Alberta government continues to exclude tens of thousands of Alberta farm workers from the provincial workers’ compensation system. Read more »

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January 3, 2015 | Lethbridge Herald | Winnipeg Free Press

The meaning of Alberta conservatism


December 8, 2014 | Edmonton Journal, A13

Sad legacy of accountability deferred


December 03, 2014 | for immediate release

Privatized liquor could cost Saskatchewan millions: report


November 17, 2014 | for immediate release

Conference challenges growing wealth concentration

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

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

June 28, 2014 | Lethbridge Heral

For Harper government, bad policy is great politics


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

Upcoming Events

Support the Parkland
Wednesday, March 04 07:00 PM

The Alberta Disadvantage: Gender, Taxation, and Income Inequality

Place: Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) Room 1-190
Time: 7:00 PM
Join Parkland Institute for a pre-International Women's Day event to look at the current gender gap in Alberta and to discuss the alternatives that can finally get Alberta off the boom-and-bust fiscal roller-coaster and ensure greater levels of gender equality and fairness in Alberta. Read more…

What's New

posted Feb 09, 2015

Instead of austerity, Alberta needs wage-led economic growth

In response to the latest Alberta revenue crisis, Premier Jim Prentice has increasingly been beating the austerity drum. But is an austerity agenda the best way for the province to deal with the current fiscal crunch?

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posted Jan 29, 2015

A modest proposal: Alberta needs income and corporate tax reform

It has now been a couple of weeks since Alberta Premier Jim Prentice floated the idea of a provincial sales tax in a speech to the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) luncheon (a trial balloon which Albertans soon overwhelmingly deflated, according to a somewhat-questionable poll on the issue).

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posted Dec 01, 2014

Parkland Employment Opportunity

Parkland Institute is hiring for the position of Communications Coordinator, a high energy and diverse communications professional who  will be responsible for the Institute’s media relations, outreach, public relations, and production of publications and reports. 

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