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Misplaced Generosity

New report says extreme oil profits come at expense of government revenue

Despite a provincial deficit now forecast to reach $5 billion this year, a new report from the U of A’s Parkland Institute points out that Albertans have foregone tens of billions in potential revenue as a result of overly generous royalty cuts and the government’s failure to meet even its own modest targets.

Health Care System Needs Action, Not a New Health Act

New Parkland Institute report identifies health care challenges and proposes real solutions

A new report released this evening by the U of A’s Parkland Institute says that addressing the key challenges being faced by Alberta’s health care system will require concrete action, not a new health act or charter.

Calgarians ready for a mature conversation about taxes

Parkland Institute releases new report

CALGARY – A new report released this morning by the University of Alberta’s Parkland Institute says that Calgarians’ vision of their city requires excellent public services and infrastructure, and that City Council will need to find fair and sustainable revenue streams to pay for them.

Nothing to gain and everything to lose

New Parkland Institute report says Alberta Health Act initiative should not proceed

A new report released this morning by the U of A’s Parkland Institute says that the current initiative by Alberta Health Services to create an Alberta Health Act carries too many risks and should not proceed as currently conceived.  The report, the first of two in a series, is entitled “The New Alberta Health Act: Risks and Opportunities”. It was written by Parkland Research Director Diana Gibson and Vancouver-based health policy researcher Colleen Fuller.

Refurbish and expand Alberta Hospital Edmonton

As Alberta Health Services prepares to release its 2010 capital plan, new research released today by the U of A’s Parkland Institute makes the case for refurbishing Alberta Hospital Edmonton and not closing any acute care mental health beds. This morning the Institute released a fact sheet entitled “The Need to Redevelop Alberta Hospital” and a longer essay entitled “Living in Hope” by prominent Alberta author Curtis Gillespie.

 

Alberta’s wage gap highest in Canada

New Parkland Institute research shows Alberta women still have a long way to go

New research from the Parkland Institute, released on International Women’s Day, shows persistent inequality for Alberta women. A new fact sheet, entitled “Women’s equality a long way off in Alberta” shows a persistent wage gap between women and men, despite the 2002-2007 oilsands boom. Alberta is also the only province/territory without any government ministry or advisory council on the status of women.

New research shows Albertans pay the highest out-of-pocket costs for services

A new fact sheet released this morning by the U of A’s Parkland Institute shows that Albertans are paying more than other Canadians for critical public services.

“Flat Tax” costing Alberta over $5 billion

Think tank says returning to 1999 tax structure would put Alberta in a surplus position

EDMONTON— A new fact sheet released this morning by the University of Alberta’s Parkland Institute says that the “flat tax,” introduced by Ralph Klein in 2001, is costing the province in excess of $5 billion a year.  Given the projected deficit of $4.3 billion this year, simply returning to the progressive tax structure that existed in 1999 would be more than enough to move the province from a deficit budget to a surplus budget.

Weak Canadian position at Copenhagen just one symptom of flawed business model in energy sector

EDMONTON—Canada’s inability to play a leadership role at international climate change negotiations is just one of many negative consequences of an energy sector that is dominated by large for-profit corporations, and we need to begin exploring alternate business models for the industry. This is a key message of a new discussion paper released today by Alberta’s Parkland Institute in conjunction with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

New report says global recession will hit Alberta harshly

Government has a responsibility to respond with visionary stimulus

A new report released this morning by the U of A’s Parkland Institute shows that Alberta is not immune from the current global recession, and may in fact be impacted more harshly than other jurisdictions.

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