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Political threats just one challenge to abortion rights in Alberta

Report finds barriers makes access 'almost theoretical' for many

With less than a week remaining in a federal election campaign that has once again seen abortion rights emerge as a key issue of debate, a new report released today by the University of Alberta’s Parkland Institute looks at the range of contemporary challenges to abortion access and reproductive health services in Canada, with a specific focus on southern Alberta.

Panel to discuss implications of Premier Kenney’s promised assault on critics of the Alberta oil and gas industry

Tonight, a panel of experts from across Canada will explore the question of whether Premier Kenney’s announcements of a $30-million “war room,” a $2.5-million public inquiry into environmental advocacy activity, and threats of possible defamation suits against critics of the Alberta oil and gas industry are legitimate government initiatives or actions that chill free expression and undermine democracy.

‘Alternative blue-ribbon report’ offers balanced look at Alberta’s fiscal picture

An alternative—and more balanced—analysis of Alberta’s finances released today by the University of Alberta’s Parkland Institute concludes that long-term fiscal stability in the province cannot be achieved without addressing Alberta’s long-standing revenue problem.

Response to MacKinnon report from Parkland Institute research associates

In response to today’s release of the Report and Recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Alberta’s Finances, two Parkland Institute research associates who are currently finalizing an alternative report on the state of Alberta’s financial picture had the following initial reactions to the MacKinnon report, and are available for further comment.

Alberta should plan now to ensure future labour needs are met

Immigration, more effective use of current labour pool are key

With Alberta’s economy in recovery and a return to healthy growth projected in 2020, the provincial government should be planning for how to meet future labour market needs to avoid a return to the labour shortages of the early 2000s, argues a new Parkland Institute report.

Report seeks to address ‘knowledge gap’ about Indigenous oil workers

A new report released today by the University of Alberta-based Parkland Institute is a first step in beginning to address the dearth of research and knowledge about the lived experiences of Indigenous workers in northern Alberta’s oil sands region.

Stereotype of NDP governments as big spenders on health care not supported by historical data

A new report released today by the University of Alberta’s Parkland Institute finds that contrary to the enduring political stereotype, New Democratic Party (NDP) governments in Canada—including Alberta’s current government—have not been overly profligate spenders on health care.

Conference to look forward to issues set to dominate the 2019 Alberta election

Two dozen speakers will look forward to the issues and political dynamics that will influence Albertans in the spring provincial election at the 22nd annual Parkland Institute conference, Alberta 2019: Forces of Change, taking place this weekend on the University of Alberta campus.

Oil sands 'Big Five' making billions despite oil price crash and pipeline delays, new report shows

As debate continues to rage over pipelines and the current price differential for Alberta’s oil, a new Corporate Mapping Project report analyzes how the five companies that dominate the oil sands sector have fared during the recent boom-bust commodity cycle.

No indication of Alberta/BC split before political rhetoric over TMX

Survey data prior to feud indicates support for nuanced approach

Data from a survey of residents of Alberta and BC taken just as the conflict over the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (TMX) was set to erupt suggest that the polarization of opinion between the two provinces over the past year is more the result of overheated political rhetoric than a significant difference in beliefs.