The Parkland Institute


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 »
 
 

No Free Lunch:

Financing the Priorities of Calgarians

No Free Lunch Based on Calgarians' stated infrastructure and social priorities, this report considers the City's options for paying for those priorities justly and sustainably. We highlight infrastructure and social spending benefits, privatization costs, and issues around property taxes.

Rewriting Alberta’s Health Laws:

A Trojan Horse for Expanding For-Profit Health Care

Rewriting Alberta’s Health Laws Alberta's provincial government has embarked on a new initiative to reform existing health legislation and create a new Alberta Health Act (AHA). There is a danger that the government is using the process to increase the role of private for-profit health care in Alberta.

The New Alberta Health Act: Risks and Opportunities:

Report 1, Risks of the Alberta Health Act

The New Alberta Health Act: Risks and Opportunities An assessment of the risks associated with the Alberta government's current initiative to reform existing health legislation and create a new Alberta Health Act.

Latest Research

May 21, 2014

On the Job:

Why Unions Matter in Alberta

April 23, 2014

Less Exclusion, More Engagement:

Addressing declining voter turnout in Alberta

March 07, 2014

The Way Forward:

Progressive Income Tax in Alberta

Parkland in the Media

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?

by Bill Moore-Kilgannon, Shannon Stunden Bower
Earlier this month, Josh Bilyk, president of the Alberta Enterprise Group, wrote an op-ed piece critiquing Public Interest Alberta’s efforts to advocate for fair reforms to our province’s personal and corporate income tax systems and to discuss with Albertans how additional revenues could be used for the public good. read more »

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

A new study released this morning by the Parkland Institute recommends that the Alberta government should step back from its current moves to reduce unionization and restrict collective bargaining, as labour unions play an important role in improving wages, improving workplace safety, and reducing inequality across the province. read more »

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Related research:
On the Job

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?


November 06, 2013 | for immediate release

New report highlights serious problems with elder care in Alberta

Government policies of privatization and offloading have negatively impacted quality of care

October 09, 2013 | for immediate release

Report says Albertans should be wary of cyber charter schools

Model sees private corporations using public dollars to deliver on-line education

Upcoming Events

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Parkland Fall Conference 2014:
People Vs. Profiteers: Demanding Justice and Equity

November 21-23, 2014
The questions of 1) why, at a time of remarkably wealth production, the money seems to be skewing in very particular directions and away from many groups (full-time, part-time, casual workers; women and minorities; the abjectly poor and disabled outside altogether of labour markets, etc.) and towards a small minority; and 2) what can and should be done about it.

The conference site will be live very soon.

Monday, October 20 07:10 PM
LitFest and Parkland Institute are proud to present

Naomi Klein in Edmonton

Place: Winspear Centre
Time: 7:00 PM
LitFest and the Parkland Institute present Naomi Klein, currently on a global booklaunch tour, as the festival's headliner presentation, followed by  a Q & A session. Read more…

What's New

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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posted Nov 28, 2011

Speaking Tour - Alternative Water Futures

Join the Our Water Is Not For Sale network and Jeremy Schmidt for an exploration of the challenges for water in Alberta, why markets aren’t the answer to Alberta’s water challenges and what alternative allocation systems that protect our water commons for ecosystems, our communities and future generations could look like.

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