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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.

Why corporate power is a problem at the climate crossroads

In the first of two blogs on the recently announced SSHRC-funded Corporate Mapping Project, co-directors Shannon Daub and Bill Carroll explain why the project is necessary in the context of the climate crisis.

Five ways Alberta can improve its regressive labour laws

Alberta’s regressive labour laws have played an important role in making Alberta the least unionized province in Canada. Athabasca University associate professor of labour relations Bob Barnetson outlines five potential changes that could ensure workers in the province can exercise their associational rights.

Alberta: Fossil-fuel belt or green powerhouse?

Parkland Institute will be hosting the Edmonton book launch of Parkland founder and former director Gordon Laxer's new book, After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians on November 21, as part of our 19th annual fall conference. Here's an excerpt from the book, "Alberta: Fossil-Fuel Belt or Green Powerhouse."

Alberta’s deficit and debt aren’t problems (yet), but revenue is

Despite dire warnings of financial catastrophe from the official opposition, Alberta's deficit and debt levels aren't a problem - at least not yet. Revenue, however, is a problem. Parkland Institute Research Manager Ian Hussey explains.

Six things Albertans should know ahead of Budget 2015

Here are six things from the new Parkland Institute report, Hard Math, Harder Choices: Alberta’s Budget Reality, that Albertans should know in advance of the October 27 release of the NDP government's Budget 2015.

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