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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.

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.

Whistleblowers not protected

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.

Privatization of health care a threat to quality of life for patients and workers

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.

New report looks at the influence of the fossil fuel sector on university research funding and priorities

As the Alberta government launches its Alberta 2030 review of the post-secondary education system, a new report from the Corporate Mapping Project and the Parkland Institute raises big questions related to universities’ fulfillment of their public interest mandate. Authored by Laurie Adkin, a political economist at the University of Alberta, Knowledge for an Ecologically Sustainable Future? Innovation Policy and Alberta Universities examines the implications of the research funding priorities of the federal and provincial governments for the production of the knowledge needed for an ecologically sustainable economy and society.

New report highlights the numerous challenges faced by undocumented workers in Alberta

As details emerge about the working and living conditions of immigrant and temporary foreign workers in Alberta’s meatpacking industry and their link to COVID-19 outbreaks in those plants, a new report by the Parkland Institute highlights the even greater challenges faced by migrant workers in Alberta who have lost their status.

Oil sands spending and productivity figures indicate majority of lost jobs not likely to return – new report

As debate continues to rage over pipelines for Alberta’s oil, a new Corporate Mapping Project report analyzes how the oil sands industry, in the early years of the mature phase of its business lifecycle, is producing more bitumen with less capital and fewer jobs.

Basic income holds promise as part of a ‘robust social safety net’

Despite growing popularity for the idea, providing a “basic income” as a way to deal with emerging societal challenges—the rise of the gig economy, artificial intelligence and other technological changes in the workplace, and high levels of unemployment and precarity—is unlikely to be a panacea in the absence of a well-funded social safety net, according to a new report released today by the University of Alberta’s Parkland Institute.

Alberta coal phase-out offers important blueprint for global shift from fossil fuels

A new report released today by the University of Alberta’s Parkland Institute argues that Alberta’s approach to handling the accelerated phase-out of the province’s coal-fired electricity generation offers an important case study as jurisdictions around the world grapple with ways to ensure a “just transition” to a low-carbon economy.

Public sector size, compensation in Alberta ‘does not stand out in any way’

On the eve of the United Conservative Party’s first provincial budget, a new report by the University of Alberta’s Parkland Institute challenges the contention that the size and compensation levels of Alberta’s public sector are higher than in other provinces and should be addressed through significant reductions.