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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 »
 
 

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

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

May 21, 2014

On the Job:

Why Unions Matter in Alberta

Parkland in the Media

December 8, 2014 | Edmonton Journal, A13

Sad legacy of accountability deferred

by Regan Boychuk
Few ever heard of an obscure problem called “deferred maintenance” before Journal reporter Keith Gerein’s groundbreaking five-part series Condition: Critical.  Thanks to the scope and calibre of his reporting, Albertans are now aware of the backlog of necessary and overdue work needed to properly maintain tens of billions of dollars worth of publicly owned schools, colleges, universities, highways, bridges, waterworks, laboratories, office buildings and hospitals. read more »

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Delivery Matters

December 03, 2014 | for immediate release

Privatized liquor could cost Saskatchewan millions: report

The Saskatchewan government maintains that their proposed privatization of the province’s liquor retailing system will not result in diminished government revenues. However, a new joint study by Alberta’s Parkland Institute and the Saskatchewan Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives demonstrates that even with the existing mark-up and taxation regime in place, the government stands to lose millions in potential revenue under a privatized liquor system.
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Related research:
A Profitable Brew

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 »

Download the statement

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

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


Upcoming Events

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Thursday, February 19 05:02 PM
Join us for Parkland's annual

Gala Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction

Place: Faculty Club, U of A
Time: 6:00 PM
Featuring singer songwriter TERRY MORRISON

Join us for our annual fundraising gala dinner and silent auction.

Tickets are $100 each. Read more…

What's New

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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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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