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Alberta lab services

from guinea pigs to heroes (and back again?)

Jason Kenney joined others last week in celebrating the life-saving contributions of medical lab professionals in Alberta. This was a marked departure from his drive just a few months ago to privatize the province's labs and label lab workers as not "frontline" medicine. Rebecca Graff-McRae digs into the current work of medical labs in Alberta, their recent political history, and what might become of them post-pandemic.

Cargill, COVID, and the failure of Alberta OHS policy

Two meat-packing plants in southern Alberta have given rise to nearly one in six of Alberta’s 3400 cases of COVID-19. Athabasca University's Bob Barnetson and Jason Foster examine what went wrong at the two meatpacking plants, what it tells us about the inadequacy of OHS policy in Alberta and how the incidents could have been avoided.

Jason Kenney's pandemic politics

In his Address to Albertans on April 7, Premier Jason Kenney quoted Franklin Delano Roosevelt without naming him. In this blog research manager Rebecca Graff-McRae takes a deeper look at some of the context and themes of Roosevelt's "fear itself" address to find some instructive historical parallels, and some even more stark contrasts.

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.

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