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Delivery Matters

The Impacts of For-profit Ownership in Long-term Care

Analysis comparing the US and Canadian research on the ownership and quality of services in these facilities concludes that for-profit facilities are less likely to provide quality care than nonprofit or public facilities.

Family Day on the Treadmill

Alberta Families at Risk of Too Much Stress

A look at leisure time, work hours, vacation and holidays, child care, and sense of belonging to communities paints a picture of Alberta families at risk of too much stress.

The Lion’s Share

Corporate Profits and Taxes in Alberta

Alberta’s economy has seen tremendous economic growth, but the lion’s share of that growth has been benefiting private corporations.

Room to Move

Alberta's Taxes Are Too Low

According to the Alberta Government, “If Alberta had any other provincial tax system, Albertans and Alberta businesses would pay at least $11 billion more in taxes each year.” Why, when facing another deficit budget, and another round of cuts to critical programs, would Alberta give away $10.9 billion in potential revenue?

Unpacking Alberta’s Infrastructure Spending

Real Increases Have Been Moderate

Although Alberta's infrastructure spending seems high and appears to have increased dramatically, the increases are very moderate when population growth, inflation and the premiums paid during the boom are considered

Rewriting Alberta’s Health Laws

A Trojan Horse for Expanding For-Profit Health Care

Alberta's provincial government has embarked on a new initiative to reform existing health legislation and create a new Alberta Health Act (AHA). There is a danger that the government is using the process to increase the role of private for-profit health care in Alberta.

Women’s Equality a Long Way Off in Alberta

Alberta Most Unequal Province in Canada

Alberta ranks last in Canada on a number of measures of women's economic equality. Alberta is also the only province where there is no voice for women, either through a ministry responsible for the status of women, women's directorate, or advisory council on the status of women.

More Than Nickels and Dimes

Albertans Pay Highest Out-of-Pocket Costs for Services

Alberta families watch a large bite of their take-home pay get eaten up by fees for critical public services. That bite will get bigger with the looming budget cuts.

Giving Away the Golden Egg

Alberta’s Tax Giveaway and the Need for Reform

Alberta could move from deficit into surplus simply by abandoning the “flat tax” which has been a massive giveaway, especially to the wealthy. Making the tax system more progressive would also stimulate the economy, creating and protecting jobs for working Albertans.

Breaking the Myth

Alberta Spending is Mediocre at Best

Now that that boom has collapsed, comments to the effect that the Alberta government has been a big spender, is overspending and has lots of fat to cut from its programs are common. This report illustrates that the Alberta government is not the highest per capita spender in Canada.