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Does Budget 2016 live up to NDP promises of equity?

On May 24, 2015, Rachel Notley was sworn in as the 17th premier of Alberta, promising to usher in an era of governance inclusive of gender, race, indigeneity, and socio-economic status. Rebecca Graff-McRae looks at whether the NDP's budget lives up to its promises of real action on equity issues.

Alberta's immediate concern is limited revenue, not debt

Discussions about Alberta’s $10 billion deficit and estimated debt of $33 billion by 2018-19 have dominated the media since the introduction of Budget 2016. Parkland Institute Research Managers Ian Hussey and Rebecca Graff-McRae argue that revenue, not debt, is the immediate concern coming out of the budget.

Unemployment in Alberta

What past recessions indicate about the future

The recent recession has resulted in the highest unemployment rate Alberta has experienced for years. Economics Professor Richard Mueller compares the current jobs picture with past recessions, and finds some reason for optimism about the future.

The essentials of Alberta's new essential services bill

The provincial government has introduced Bill 4, which gives most public sector workers the right to strike for the first time in decades. Athabasca University labour relations professor Bob Barnetson looks at what impact the legislation could have on labour relations with the province's workers.

Does the Public Interest Disclosure Act work in the public interest?

The Select Special Ethics and Accountability Committee is currently reviewing four key pieces of provincial legislation, including the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act, and is accepting public submissions until February 26. Parkland Institute Research Manager Rebecca Graff-McRae looks at the current act aimed at protecting whistleblowers.

The good, the bad, and the ugly of Alberta's new royalty framework

The anti-climactic nature of Alberta's new royalty framework should not be taken to mean that it is without significance or that it will be without impact going forward. This blog provides a brief overview of the good, the bad, and the ugly of the new royalty framework.

Why midwives matter

The economic argument for improved funding

Midwife care proponents have taken to social media to push for increased and stable funding for midwifery in Alberta. Parkland Institute Research Manager Rebecca Graff-McRae looks at the economic argument behind #mybabymybirth.

Little houses on the prairie

One solution to the refugee housing crunch

The lack of affordable and appropriate housing is one of the primary barriers to Alberta successfully welcoming an expected 2,500 to 3,000 refugees in the coming months and years. In this guest blog, Ashley Salvador offers one possible approach to address the need.

Bill 6 will right a long-standing wrong

The Alberta government's Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act, has become the most contentious legislation of NDP government's short tenure. Athabasca University professor of labour relations Bob Barnetson looks at five of the main arguments against the bill.

We’re putting fossil fuel industry influence under the microscope

In the second of two blogs on the recently announced SSHRC-funded Corporate Mapping Project, co-directors Shannon Daub and Bill Carroll explain what the project aims to accomplish over the next six years.

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