Parkland in the Media: For Immediate Release

The Parkland Institute's official media releases and advisories.

For Immediate Release | November 17, 2014

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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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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For Immediate Release | October 03, 2013

New report says city should reconsider P3 approach for Southeast LRT:

City’s business case does not hold up to economic and public interest analysis

EDMONTON – A new report released this morning by the Parkland Institute recommends that the City of Edmonton should not proceed with a P3 approach for the building of the Southeast LRT Line, and should opt instead for either a design-bid-build or a design-build arrangement.

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Wrong Turn: Is a P3 the best way to expand Edmonton's LRT?

For Immediate Release | September 26, 2013

Safety dividend means unionized workers fare better on workplace injuries:

Alberta government continues to understate the level of workplace injuries

A new fact sheet released today by the Parkland Institute highlights the true rates of workplace injury in Alberta, and demonstrates how unions protect workers both from unsafe workplaces and a government keen to downplay the risks.

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Making It Home: Alberta Workplace Injuries and the Union Safety Dividend

For Immediate Release | September 19, 2013

New report: Results-based Budgeting not likely to improve service delivery:

More likely to result in bloated bureaucracy and to be used to justify cuts and privatization

A new report by the Parkland Institute finds that Alberta’s implementation of Results-based Budgeting (RBB) is driven by ideology, and will not yield the promised results of more effective and efficient service delivery.

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Smoke Screen: Results-based Budgeting, Privatization, and Public Sector Cuts in Alberta

For Immediate Release | May 21, 2013

New report: Alberta’s whistleblower legislation ineffective:

Alberta's legislation fails to protect whistleblowers and does not ensure allegations will be investigated

A new report released this morning by the Parkland Institute finds that Alberta’s new whistleblower legislation will be ineffective in terms of protecting those who blow the whistle on incompetence or corruption, and will not ensure that allegations are properly investigated.

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Shooting the Messenger: The Need for Effective Whistleblower Protection in Alberta
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For Immediate Release | May 09, 2013

New report looks at Albertans’ views on governance:

Strong support for election spending limits and the role of protest groups

A new report released this morning by the Parkland Institute finds that Albertans strongly favour setting election spending limits in Alberta and recognize the important role that protest groups play in a democracy.

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For Immediate Release | April 17, 2013

Taking the Reins:

New report says public interest best served by slowing down bitumen production

A new report released this morning by the U of A’s Parkland Institute says another out-of-control bitumen boom would not be in the best interests of Albertans, and that the Alberta government should take action today to bring the pace of development under control.

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For Immediate Release | February 28, 2013

A majority of Albertans support a return to progressive taxation:

New report shows that fair and progressive taxes could solve Alberta’s fiscal woes

A new report released this morning by the U of A’s Parkland Institute says that the solution to Alberta’s current fiscal woes, and to growing inequality in the province, lies in an increase in corporate taxes and a return to a progressive tax system—a move that a majority of Albertans would support.

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