Parkland in the Media

For Immediate Release | October 29, 2014

Alberta Energy Regulator unlikely to advance public interest – new report:

Single regulator makes it easier for industry, but maintains old barriers to public participation

A new fact sheet released this morning by the Parkland Institute finds that Alberta’s new energy regulator, the AER, will do very little to improve Albertans’ abilities to have a say in how the province’s energy resources, particularly its massive bitumen deposits, are developed.

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Directly and Adversely Affected: Public Participation in Tar Sands Development 2005-2014

Op-eds | July 02, 2014

For Harper government, bad policy is great politics

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.

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Op-eds | June 16, 2014

Tax advantage — but for whom?

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.

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For Immediate Release | May 21, 2014

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.

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On the Job: Why Unions Matter in Alberta

For Immediate Release | April 23, 2014

Who’s not voting in Alberta and why?:

New report shows lack of time and inhibiting structural factors are important elements

A new study released this morning, on the second anniversary of the 2012 Alberta election, reports that Albertans cite a lack of time and inhibiting structural factors as key reasons for their failure to vote, and recommends increased advocacy and education efforts emphasizing voting as a responsibility of citizenship.

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Less Exclusion, More Engagement: Addressing declining voter turnout in Alberta

Op-eds | March 29, 2014

Beware the wealthy bearing gifts:

Altruism of the wealthy is sometimes done for less saintly reasons

Everyone loves people who give unstintingly to charity. But a little skepticism might be in order before saluting too much the ballyhooed generosity of the rich.

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For Immediate Release | March 07, 2014

Budget 2014 a missed opportunity to address inequality:

Progressive taxes would reduce inequality, improve well-being, and stabilize provincial revenues

A new fact sheet released this morning by the Parkland Institute in response to the 2014 Alberta Budget says that the Alberta government has missed an opportunity to address a significant roadblock to improved health, happiness, prosperity, and overall well-being for the province.

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The Way Forward: Progressive Income Tax in Alberta

Op-eds | March 05, 2014

Social Impact Bonds: An investment in the wrong direction

Do you have $5 million burning a hole in your pocket? If so, have we got a deal for you. The Government of Alberta will soon be allowing you to invest that money in the misery and poverty of fellow Albertans, and pay you a 10 to 20 per cent rate of return to do so.

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For Immediate Release | February 25, 2014

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

A new fact sheet released this morning by the Parkland Institute says that Alberta should introduce progressive taxes and improve public services in the provincial budget in order to improve health outcomes and significantly reduce costs.

The fact sheet, written by Parkland Institute research director Shannon Stunden Bower, is titled Sick of Inequality: The case for action by the Alberta government on the social determinants of health. Stunden Bower highlights that inequality in Alberta is currently the highest in the nation. In 1982, the top 1% of income earners made ten times what the bottom 10% did. By 2011, the spread had grown to 18 times. At the same time, the earnings of the middle class have been severely squeezed.

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Sick of Inequality: The Case for Action by the Government of Alberta on the Social Determinants of Health

Commentary | February 07, 2014

Parkland’s Public Policy Research Manager on Alberta Primetime

Seniors' Safety

A deadly fire in a home for seniors in Quebec has prompted plenty of Albertans to call for more safety measures in our seniors’ homes, but the question of who should pay for upgrades is a point of contention.

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From Bad to Worse: Residential elder care in Alberta
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Mentions | January 24, 2014

Province says patient deaths at Calgary nursing home were ‘isolated incidents’:

Insufficient staffing found to be putting patient care at risk as far back as 2003.

Recent provincial audits of a Calgary nursing home uncovered inadequate wound care, gaps in patient paperwork and poor management of aggressive residents.  But Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne insisted Friday the reviews of McKenzie Towne Care Centre that he ordered last month after two patients died of neglect did not reveal systemic problems at the for-profit facility.  “The residents who are there are safe,” Horne told reporters.  “There were some quality issues identified, but there’s action being taken.”

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Sustainable Healthcare for Seniors: Keeping it Public From Bad to Worse: Residential elder care in Alberta
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Op-eds | November 15, 2013

Who controls knowledge?

Since last spring’s budget, which saw cuts across Alberta’s post-secondary institutions of more than seven per cent (on top of a two-per-cent cut in already promised money), the province’s universities and colleges have been in panic mode. The panic isn’t only about funding.

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For Immediate Release | November 06, 2013

New report highlights serious problems with elder care in Alberta:

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

A new report by the Parkland Institute raises serious concerns about elder care in Alberta, and calls into question the government’s policies of privatization, offloading, and cutbacks.

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From Bad to Worse: Residential elder care in Alberta

Mentions | October 11, 2013

Alberta government misrepresents workplace injury numbers, says researcher

Working in Alberta is 10 times more dangerous than the government would have you believe, says a labour relations professor.  The Parkland Institute, a non-partisan research centre based out of the University of Alberta, released a report last month that indicates the number of workplace injuries is up to 10 times higher than government reports.

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Related research:
Making It Home: Alberta Workplace Injuries and the Union Safety Dividend
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For Immediate Release | October 09, 2013

Report says Albertans should be wary of cyber charter schools:

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

A new report by the Parkland Institute looks into the growth of for-profit cyber charter schools in the United States, and identifies it as a disturbing North American trend that Albertans should be wary of.

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Delivery Matters: Cyber Charter Schools and K-12 Education in Alberta
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