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Alberta's Keystone XL investment benefits oil companies more than Albertans

On March 31 Premier Jason Kenney announced that the Government of Alberta will invest $1.5 billion and provide an additional $6 billion loan guarantee to facilitate the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Research manager Ian Hussey looks at the deal to determine just who benefits from this investment and in what measure.

Governments should support oil sands workers, not companies

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has suggested that the federal government should bail out oil and gas companies in response to the COVID-19 crisis and the Saudi-Russian price war. In this blog researcher Ian Hussey explains why that would be a bad idea.

What you need to know about Alberta Budget 2020

Alberta Budget 2020, released on February 27, continued the UCP commitment to deep spending cuts in public services. Parkland Institute research managers Ian Hussey and Alison McIntosh outline some of the budget's key components.

Review of AHS a pro-privatization attack on workers

Last week Ernst & Young LLP released the review of Alberta Health Services commissioned by the UCP back in July. Parkland Institute research manager Alison McIntosh did a deep dive into the report and provides her thoughts on what the recommendations mean for health workers, Albertans, and the health care system as a whole.

Curriculum recommendations a move in the wrong direction

Last week the Alberta government's Curriculum Advisory Panel released a report containing 26 recommendations for moving curriculum forward in the province. Edmonton teacher Dan Scratch takes a look at what the impact of some of those recommendations would be on Alberta's classrooms, students, and teachers.

Alberta’s $15 minimum wage is good for workers and the economy

Parkland Institute research manager Ian Hussey writes about which Albertans have benefited from the $15 minimum wage and its impact on employment and hours of work.

Performance-based funding means more red tape, uncertainty for post-secondary institutions

The UCP government has announced it will be implementing a performance-based funding model for the province's 26 post-secondary institutions. Bob Barnetson looks at what we know, and the potential impacts for post-secondary in Alberta.

All Albertans benefit from harm reduction

Recent statements by Alberta Premier Kenney have brought debate about the future of Alberta's supervised consumption sites to the front pages. Parkland Institute research manager Alison McIntosh looks at how harm reduction is of benefit to all Albertans.

Alberta’s Coal Phase-Out

A Case Study on Parkland County

Parkland Institute research manager Ian Hussey highlights the community case study on the municipal district of Parkland County from his recent Corporate Mapping Project report, co-written with Emma Jackson, that analyzes Alberta’s coal phase-out to date.

Bill 26 strips farm workers' basic employment rights

Athabasca University labour relations professor Bob Barnetson analyzes the UCP's Bill 26, which repeals many of the gains Alberta farm workers gained with 2015’s Bill 6, adds new exclusions, and strips agricultural workers of many basic employment rights. 

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