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Has ATB listened?

A year after the release of Alberta’s Public Bank: How ATB Can Help Shape the New Economy, the report's co-author Bob Ascah takes stock of the progress ATB has made in improving the transparency of its public reports.

Rethinking Alberta’s essential services legislation

As we head into the 2019 Labour Day long weekend, Athabasca University labour relations professor Bob Barnetson looks at Alberta's essential services legislation and the likely impact of changes the UCP has promised.

Bill 2 grinds wages, complicates payroll, and impedes union drives

Despite the stated benefits of the UCP government's new labour legislation, Bill 2 will reduce workers' income, make payroll administration more complex for employers, and impede workers seeking to join a union.

Alberta's 'blue-ribbon panel' - the sound of one hand clapping

The newly elected UCP government has announced a "blue-ribbon panel" to examine Alberta's finances, but the panel’s mandate has already tied one hand—the revenue hand—behind its back.

Planks in the platforms

Where the major parties stand on 11 key policy issues

Heading into the final weekend of the 2019 Alberta election campaign, Parkland Institute research managers Alison McIntosh and Ian Hussey compare the platforms of the three major parties on 11 key policy areas.

Path to balance or road to perdition?

The “path to balance” has become a major platform plank for all parties in this election. Parkland Institute Executive Director Ricardo Acuña looks at the key differences and potential impacts of the path to balance proposals, and assesses their credibility and feasibility.

UCP platform will drive down wages

Athabasca University labour professor Bob Barnetson breaks down exactly what the UCP platform planks on employment, labour, and training would mean for workers in Alberta.

Fact-checking Jason Kenney’s wait-list strategy

United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney has presented his plans for dealing with wait times for surgery in Alberta, including allowing private clinics to bid for publicly-funded procedures. Ricardo Acuña looks at the evidence and history to show that we've already been there and done that.

UCP pledge to repeal Bill 6 would endanger farm workers

Athabasca University labour relations professor Bob Barnetson analyzes the UCP pledge to repeal 2015’s Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act (more commonly referred to as Bill 6). 

Is Alberta ‘closed for business’ because of the $15 minimum wage?

United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney has proposed changes to labour legislation, including reducing the 17-and-under minimum wage to $13 an hour. Ian Hussey looks at claims that increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour has had a "job-killing impact."

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