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Multimillion dollar grant awarded to examine fossil fuel industry in Western Canada

The University of Alberta-based Parkland Institute and its partner groups in BC and Saskatchewan have been awarded a multimillion dollar grant to examine the corporations and individuals driving fossil fuel extraction in Western Canada, and their resulting political influence.

Alberta government faces hard math in Tuesday’s budget

New report finds budget woes deeper than commonly thought

A new report released today by Parkland Institute finds that the new NDP government has been left with a bleak fiscal reality as it prepares to table its first full budget on Tuesday, with a budget shortfall that could be twice as large as is commonly understood.

Harper's dance may be out of step

I interviewed Stephen Harper in the fall of 1991 as part of my doctoral research into the Reform party. Of all the things he said at that time, the comment that has stuck most with me was that it was undesirable for a governing party to garner more than optimum electoral support; beyond that meant it owed too much to too many voters.

Alberta failing to ensure safe, fair work for teens

As students return to school across Alberta today, thousands of teens will again be juggling their time between education and employment. But a new report released today by Parkland Institute warns that many Alberta teens are working in prohibited occupations or face unsafe workplaces, and that the provincial government has failed to effectively enforce the employment regulations in place to protect them.

Premiers blowing hot air on climate change

Canada’s premiers agreed to a master energy and climate change plan July 17. It’s specific on fast-tracking pipelines, but “aspirational” on climate action.

Minimum wage hike won't ruin Alberta

Any proposal to increase the minimum wage by any amount in any province or territory seems to be met with dire warnings of massive job losses and impending economic doom. The problem for critics of the minimum wage is, neither history nor academic research backs these notions up.

More questions than answers in social services delivery

Greater balance needed between public sector and non-profits

The Alberta government should reverse decades of failed experimentation in the delivery of critical social services in the province by re-establishing the proper balance between services delivered by Alberta Human Services and the province’s non-profit sector. A much-needed first step is to develop an accurate picture of the current relationship between the government and non-profits.

Ban on corporate, union donations to parties only a start

Comprehensive reform needed to take money out of Alberta politics

While the promise to ban corporate and union donations to political parties is a positive step in making much-needed changes to Alberta’s political finance laws, more comprehensive reform is necessary to remove the longstanding influence of money in provincial politics.

Royalties Fix Would Eliminate Much of Alberta’s Deficit

At least 40 percent of Alberta’s projected deficit for fiscal year 2015/16 could be eliminated by simply returning to the royalty formulas in place prior to 2009.

Alberta’s Income Inequality the Worst in Canada

Return to progressive tax would help reverse troubling trend

The gap between the rich and the poor in Alberta is the widest in the country, and the disparity between those Albertans at the top of the income ladder and those at the bottom has been growing faster than in any other province, according to the findings of a new fact sheet released today by the Parkland Institute.

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