A new report shows that Bill 32: Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act (2020) moves Alberta’s labour relations environment closer to the U.S. model to the detriment of workers in the province.
A new report, “Not Well Spent: A review of $1-billion federal funding to clean up Alberta’s inactive oil and gas wells,” finds that, based on available data, the federal funding amounts to little more than a bailout to the oil and gas industry, and the $1 billion dispersed by the Government of Alberta’s program – the Site Rehabilitation Program (SRP) – was not well spent.
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.
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.
UCP government protects the livelihood of corporations while Albertans and public sector workers are cut
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.
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.