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Dirty, difficult and dangerous work

Immigrant women health-care aides speak out about crisis in long-term care during pandemic

A first-of-its-kind report highlights the experiences of 25 immigrant women health-care aides working in long-term care (LTC) during the pandemic and shows how this essential work is socially and economically devalued. The report presents 12 policy recommendations to improve workplace standards and well-being for health-care aides in LTC in Alberta and across Canada.

 

The oil and gas industry isn’t delivering on jobs or government revenues and its projected emissions growth will cause Canada to break our climate change commitments. A new report says TMX and Line3 export pipeline expansions should be cancelled.

Seniors Care Staff Study Calls for More Time To Care

Report reveals more than 40 per cent of seniors care centres can’t meet adequate care needs

A new Parkland Institute study reveals many seniors continuing care centres are chronically understaffed and unable to meet the basic care needs of seniors.

Alberta's UCP government released a 2021 budget that will hurt many Albertans while giving billions to protect the bottom lines of major corporations. Parkland Institute notes some of the numbers that will hit hard.

Having Our Backs

Ottawa’s Response to the Covid-19 Crisis

Alberta was eligible for $348 million in COVID-related federal government money for its low-paid essential workers, but only accessed $12 million; a shortfall of $335.8 million that could have been used to assist workers and their families, and to stimulate the province’s struggling economy. This is the highest amount of money left on the table by any provincial government. Parkland Institute director Trevor Harrison comments on a report by CCPA senior economist David Macdonald. This op-ed was published in the Edmonton Journal and the Calgary Herald.

A new report by the CCPA evaluates recent developments, including new production forecasts, announced expansions of existing pipelines, cost inflation, and prices in U.S. and Asian markets. The report concludes that TMX, if completed, would be surplus to Canadian requirements and would not result in the price premium for Canadian producers.

Dentistry in Alberta

Time for a Checkup?

The importance of dental health cannot be overestimated. A report released today calls for a checkup on dentistry in Alberta and across Canada, and Dr. Carlos Quinonez says a new vision for dental care is needed to address issues of access.

The current whistleblower protection act falls far short of international best practices for whistleblower protection. Worse, the legislation, and its interpretation by the Office of the Public Interest Commissioner that investigates complaints, is laced with pitfalls through which few whistleblowers should ever dare to venture.

A new report by the Parkland Institute reveals how decades of declining public investment in health care entrench political attitudes that prioritize cutting costs and privatizing services at the expense of working conditions and quality of care.

This Op-ed by Trevor Harrision was published in the Edmonton Journal on September 3, 2020.

Echoing Biblical prophecy, Premier Jason Kenney has repeatedly said Alberta is headed for a “fiscal reckoning.” Finance Minister Travis Toews’ recent grim account of Alberta’s financial plight – a deficit of $24.2 billion and a provincial debt climbing to $99.6 billion–sets the stage for the UCP’s budgetary punishment this fall.

Whether the fall budget will see an honest reckoning or merely a further wrecking of the Alberta economy remains to be seen, but the signs are not hopeful.

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