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Recent Research

Time to Care

Staffing and Workloads in Alberta’s Long-term Care Facilities

Time to Care: Staffing and Workloads in Alberta’s Long-term Care Facilities by Parkland research manager Rebecca Graff-McRae reveals that many seniors continuing care centres are chronically understaffed and unable to meet the basic care needs of seniors. Parkland Institute researchers collaborated with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE-AB) to survey more than 350 LTC staff across Alberta in early 2020 and found staff in for-profit long-term-care facilities report they are almost five times more likely to never have adequate staff-to-resident ratios to meet care needs.

Fossilized Finance

How Canada’s banks still enable oil and gas production

Despite Canada’s climate change commitments, the country’s Big Five banks continue to finance and support expansion of fossil fuel industries, says a new Corporate Mapping Project report. The report looks at the banks’ financing of the fossil fuel sector and finds it has not only been maintained, but continues to grow.

Recent Blog Posts

For Alberta's carbon tax and pipeline problems, hope is not a plan

After Canada’s Supreme Court ruled the federal government’s carbon tax is constitutional, Premier Kenney made the astonishing admission that his government didn’t prepare a fallback plan on implementing a consumer carbon tax because they were hoping to win in the country’s top court. For the UCP, apparently hope springs eternal, even when the fiscal boat itself is springing leaks.

Immigrant women's painful experiences of mental health services in Lethbridge, Alta.

Shahina Parvin's PhD research examines the structural issues around immigrant women's access to mental health services in Lethbridge, Alta., as well as gaps in health care. Parvin believes it's essential to reframe psychiatric care and acknowledge that discrimination and power relations contribute to humans’ suffering must be taken into account when providing mental health services to racialized immigrant women and other marginalized individuals in Alberta.        


Alberta Budget 2021

Tax Giveaways for Corporations, Service Cuts for Albertans

The compounded impact of years of cuts will be catastrophic. The United Conservative government is cutting or privatizing services that Albertans rely on in order to pay for their 33 per cent tax giveaway to large profitable corporations and for their mistakes of cancelling the crude-by-rail contracts and gambling on Keystone XL. On par with Premier Klein’s massive cuts in the late 1990s, the result will be deep structural changes and a legacy of lasting damage.