Based on Calgarians' stated infrastructure and social priorities, this report considers the City's options for paying for those priorities justly and sustainably. We highlight infrastructure and social spending benefits, privatization costs, and issues around property taxes.
A Response to 2009-2010 Bed Closure Process at the Alberta Hospital
The Stelmach government's closed-door decision to remove 246 beds from Alberta Hospital Edmonton, and redistribute them without a detailed plan, demonstrates that mental illness is not treated in Alberta with the same level of service, care, and dignity afforded other serious illnesses.
Alberta's growing inequality carries tremendous costs that cut across all of society. This policy agenda comes out of the ongoing work of the Alberta College of Social Workers to identify the sources of that inequality and recommend solutions.
The NWT Government has recognized the seriousness of the recession, calling it an "unprecedented economic turmoil" that is "likely to last into 2010 and possibly longer." But the budget is largely business-as-usual.
The government of Alberta has consistently used inaccurate or incomplete numbers to undermine public confidence in the sustainability of public healthcare. This report exposes the false economies used to create a sense of crisis. It illustrates the clear trends in health care spending.
Stimulus with Responsibility, Stewardship and Sustainability
With the global recession and oil prices in a slump, Alberta’s 2009 budget will be a critical one for the province and the country. This report lays out a framework for Alberta’s government to diminish recessionary effects, improve social services, renew and expand infrastructure, and improve redistribution systems.
Taxation, Services and Programs in the Northwest Territories
The Government of the Northwest Territories has commenced a public consultation on raising its revenues to address a projected budget shortfall. This report discusses the government's two consultation documents: the Revenue Options Paper and the Revenue Options Summary. It then examines the tax proposals discussed in those documents.
The Alberta government has consistently used the threat of the aging baby boomers to undermine confidence in the sustainability of public healthcare. This report evaluates the real situation for seniors healthcare in the province. This report sheds light on sustainability, and considers what will be needed in the next 20 years to maintain seniors' optimum health and wellbeing.