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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 »
 
 

A dirty business:

The exclusion of Alberta farm workers from injury compensation

A dirty business

Alberta farm workers are excluded from workers' compensation protection, despite facing a high risk of workplace injury, including developing occupational cancer. This report examines why the Alberta government continues this exclusion.

A Profitable Brew:

A Financial Analysis of the SLGA and Its Potential Privatization

A Profitable Brew

A joint study by theParkland Institute and the Saskatchewan Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives analyzing the economic arguments against privatization of liquor sales in Saskatchewan.
 

Directly and Adversely Affected:

Public Participation in Tar Sands Development 2005-2014

Directly and Adversely Affected

Will Albertans have a voice in the fate of the tar sands under the new Alberta Energy Regulator? Lessons from the previous regulatory regime suggest it will be an uphill battle.

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

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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A dirty business

January 3, 2015 | Lethbridge Herald | Winnipeg Free Press

The meaning of Alberta conservatism

by Trevor Harrison
The recent capitulation of Danielle Smith and eight of her Wildrose party colleagues to the governing Progressive Conservatives can only be understood by decoding the meaning of conservatism in Alberta and the political purposes that construction serves. read more »

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


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

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

Upcoming Events

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Thursday, February 19 06:00 PM
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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.

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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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