Media items tagged with Privatization

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.

by Trevor Harrison | read more »

Tagged with: knowledge | post-secondary education | privatization
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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Tagged with: assisted living | elder care | long-term care | privatization
Op-eds | October 09, 2013

Online charter schools pose risk to public system

For adults, falling leaves evoke Norman Rockwell scenes of school drop-offs, homework and planning Halloween costumes. For a growing number of students in North America, that picture is totally different.  Rather than hoisting a backpack and throwing leaves in the school playground, on Monday morning a lone child sits at a computer at home and logs into a standardized off-the-shelf web-based program.

by Diana Gibson | read more »

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Tagged with: education | privatization
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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Tagged with: Alberta government | performance management | privatization | results-based budgeting | service cuts
For Immediate Release | February 19, 2013

Contracting out maintenance of infrastructure has reduced transparency and put tax dollars at risk

A new report released this morning by the U of A’s Parkland Institute says that Alberta’s contracting out of infrastructure maintenance to private firms has resulted in decreased transparency and accountability, and has put Alberta taxpayer dollars at risk.

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Tagged with: contracting-out | infrastructure | maintenance | privatization
For Immediate Release | October 30, 2012

Saskatchewan’s Public Liquor System Superior to Alberta and BC private retailers

in price, revenue and mitigating social harm

Saskatchewan’s public liquor system is superior to both Alberta and British Columbia’s private liquor delivery system in terms of price, revenue generation and the mitigation of social harm. That is the conclusion of a new collaborative report by the Saskatchewan office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Parkland Institute.

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Tagged with: British Columbia | liquor | Liquor stores | privatization | Saskatchewan
Op-eds | April 19, 2012

For-profit health options fraught with peril

The Alberta election has just hit the halfway point, and health care has again become a lightning rod. The rival parties are facing off on reform, promising changes running the gamut from more privatization to more public care.

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Tagged with: health care | health resources centre | healthcare | hrc | privatization
For Immediate Release | April 18, 2012

Cost of infrastructure private-public contracts impossible to track

Study finds privatization reduces accountability and transparency

A new fact sheet from the Parkland Institute says that contracting out infrastructure maintenance to the private sector in Alberta has resulted in reduced accountability and transparency, misleading figures on the condition of infrastructure, and increased risk to tax dollars.

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Tagged with: accountability | infrastructure | maintenance | privatization | transparency
For Immediate Release | April 10, 2012

New report highlights dangers of private health care

HRC example shows private costs more and puts tax dollars at risk

A new report from the Parkland Institute says that supporting private health facilities with public health dollars costs more, damages the public system, and puts tax dollars and patient care at risk.

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Tagged with: health care | health resources centre | healthcare | HRC | privatization
For Immediate Release | February 23, 2012

In Residential Long-term Care, Delivery Matters

Research shows direct link between for-profit ownership and lower quality

A new fact sheet released this morning by the U of A’s Parkland Institute points to a direct link between the ownership of residential long-term care facilities and the quality of service delivery.

The fact sheet, entitled Delivery Matters, looks at a variety of US and Canadian research to come to the conclusion that for-profit residential long-term care facilities are more likely to provide inferior care.

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Tagged with: healthcare | long-term care | privatization | seniors
Op-eds | February 07, 2011

Wildrose leader’s private model a flawed remedy for health care

News of Ed Stelmach eventually stepping down as premier raises a variety of questions about the direction of policy in Alberta, no less so with the government being seriously challenged by the Wildrose Alliance from further right on the ideological spectrum.

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Tagged with: Danielle Smith | healthcare | privatization | Wildrose Alliance
Op-eds | June 07, 2010

Proposed changes to Alberta Health Act require reassessment

Bankruptcy of for-profit Calgary clinic portends worse, more costly system

In the same month as the Alberta Government launched consultations on a new Alberta Health Act, one of its prodigal private surgery centres, the Health Resources Centre in Calgary, declared bankruptcy. Before consultations have even begun, the Alberta Health Act initiative has been seriously undermined because the Act is all about that style of private for-profit delivery.

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Tagged with: Alberta health act | health act | healthcare | privatization
Op-eds | March 29, 2010

The perils of corporatized water

As the City of Winnipeg moves forward with its plan to corporatize Winnipeg’s water and waste department, city residents would do well to look at the experience in Edmonton since the amalgamation of that city’s water and electrical utilities under the corporate banner of Epcor back in the 1990s.

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Tagged with: EPCOR | privatization | utilities | water | Winnipeg
Op-eds | January 18, 2009

Gold Bar proposal much more than just a harmless ‘transfer’

Edmontonians are being told that the proposed sale of the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant to Epcor is a trifling detail. Edmontonians should stop for a moment to think about the consequences of such a sale.

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Tagged with: Edmonton | EPCOR | privatization | utilities

 

 
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