While the government's new Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) rules affecting paid, non-family farm workers in Alberta represent a significant win for farm worker safety, a number of troubling exceptions will continue to heighten the risk of farm worker injury and death.
Labour relations professor Bob Barnetson explains why new rules regulating youth employment introduced as part of the Alberta government's sweeping update to employment standards could make a bad situation even worse for young workers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.