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Living in Hope

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.

ACSW Social Policy Framework 2010

Visioning a More Equitable and Just Alberta

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.

Private Gain or Public Interest

Reforming Canada's Oil and Gas Industry

This paper is aimed at promoting a discussion of the oil and gas industry in Canada, and specifically the prospect of transforming its mandate to one aimed at serving the public interest.

The Northwest Territories 2010-2011 Budget

An Opportunity for Today and the Future

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.

Crisis? What Crisis?

Public Health Care and Affordability in Alberta

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.

Breaking The Cycle

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.

A Fair Price

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.

Sustainable Healthcare for Seniors

Keeping it Public

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.

Over a Barrel

Exiting from NAFTA's Proportionality Clause

The report describes how NAFTA limits Canada's options for managing its energy future and recommends options for regaining Canadian energy security and sovereignty.

Public Service Cuts In the Northwest Territories

Economic Imperative or Political Choice?

This report provides an analysis of the North West Territories' financial picture and underlying economy to determine whether the government's cuts are necessary.