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Alberta's ho-hum budget

Despite promises of "a path to balance" and "compassionate belt-tightening," and dire warnings of an economic apocalypse, Alberta's Budget 2018 is ... a little bit dull, writes Rebecca Graff-McRae.

The value of Alberta's value-added strategy

For more than a decade Parkland Institute has been recommending a value-added strategy for Alberta. Executive Director Ricardo Acuña looks at how the Notley government's Energy Diversification Act measures up.

Alberta's throne speech was an exercise in contradictions

The Alberta speech from the throne was an exercise in contradictions, with a heavy emphasis on pipelines, diversification, and calls for unity. Parkland Institute research manager Rebecca Graff-McRae tries to make sense of the paradoxes.

Alberta’s so-called energy diversification plan

Doubling down on oil at the expense of public services, women

The Notley government last week committed $1 billion to "diversify" the energy sector. Ahead of International Women's Day, Parkland Institute research manager Ian Hussey looks at where else that billion dollars could have been spent.

Let's share actual facts about the Trans Mountain pipeline

Do claims by the Alberta government that the Trans Mountain pipeline would generate $18.5 billion for “roads, schools, and hospitals,” 15,000 jobs during construction, and 37,000 jobs per year stand up to scrutiny?

An epidemic of inequality

Kaity Doiron, a student in the public health program at the University of Lethbridge who recently completed a practicum placement with Parkland Institute, summarizes the findings of her research into the Alberta public policy implications of the internationally accepted principles of public health and the Social Determinants of Health.

Fertility services

At the boundary of public and private health care

What Alberta Health’s recent decision to end non-insured fertility services at the Royal Alexandra Hospital’s Regional Fertility and Women’s Endocrine Clinic says about Alberta's commitment to health equity and truly universal public health care.

Blurring the line between public and private health care

Parkland Institute research manager Rebecca Graff-Mcrae blogs about her visit to one of Alberta's private membership clinics, and the findings of her recently released report, Blurred Lines.

The Redwater legal case

The Supreme Court battle we should all be paying attention to

With the legal battle surrounding Redwater Energy Corporation likely to advance to the Supreme Court, we should all be paying attention to the case, which will determine whether the polluter or the public pays to clean up orphan wells.

Minimum wage study is fundamentally flawed

Ian Hussey debunks the recent CD Howe Institute report that claims the move by the Alberta government to increase the provincial minimum wage to $15 in 2018 could lead to 25,000 job losses.

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