Interest Rate Hike Will Hurt Albertans

For immediate release · January 25, 2023 12:55 PM

EDMONTON - Today, the Bank of Canada has raised interest rates for the eighth time in less than a year as the affordability crisis deepens in Alberta. Advocacy organization Public Interest Alberta is speaking out against the policy, which will not address fuel prices and will further strain Albertans’ ability to purchase the basics.

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New Analysis Shows Drug Poisoning Deaths Higher than UCP Government Claims: New Approach Desperately Needed

For immediate release · January 24, 2023 3:51 PM

EDMONTON - Today, Alberta researcher and advocate Dr. Euan Thomson, Public Interest Alberta and Friends of Medicare presented data and called on the UCP government to retract its claims that drug poisoning or overdose deaths are significantly decreasing as a result of their policies. The analysis shows that overdose announcements being made while medical examiner backlogs continue have artificially dampened mortality numbers, calling into question the provincial government’s entire shift in strategy toward an abstinence-only focus. 

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Public Interest Alberta Demands Truly Independent, Third Party Investigation Into Premier’s Office

For immediate release · January 24, 2023 11:51 AM

In response to Premier Smith’s statement that no emails have been found over the course of a hasty, internal email search over this past weekend and that no further action will be taken, Bradley Lafortune, executive director of Public Interest Alberta, issued the following statement:

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The UCP has made the affordability crisis go from bad to worse

For immediate release · January 17, 2023 9:00 AM

EDMONTON - The Alberta Affordability Plan (AAP) applications open tomorrow, Wednesday January 18. Progressive advocacy organization Public Interest Alberta is ringing the alarm bell about how much this program and its rollout have failed Albertans.

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UCP’s Confusing and Incompetent Affordability Portal Will Lead to Further Payment Delays

For immediate release · January 09, 2023 1:33 PM

EDMONTON — Today’s announcement of an online portal for Albertans to access the UCP’s affordability measures means Albertans can expect further delays for these payments with cheques not expected until two months after the initial announcement of supports. Instead of using the Canada Revenue Agency and direct deposit, the UCP has opted to create a new, untested portal that could make it harder for Albertans to receive payment. 

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Too Little, Too Late: UCP Government’s “Band-Aid” Affordability Measures Not Enough

For immediate release · January 05, 2023 2:37 PM

EDMONTON - As the UCP government rolls out its flawed affordability package this month with application details expected Monday, Public Interest Alberta’s Executive Director Bradley Lafortune issued the following statement: 

“Albertans are suffering under this affordability crisis. Food banks can’t keep food on their shelves. Homelessness has more than doubled across the province, and families are sinking further and further into debt. Albertans deserve better than sleepless nights with their stomachs in knots wondering how they will pay their utility bills, feed their families, or make rent or mortgage payments. 

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“Tough Choices Shouldn’t Come at the Expense of Lives”: Public Interest Alberta urges City Council to Invest in Housing Now

For immediate release · December 05, 2022 11:29 AM

EDMONTON - As Edmonton City Council enters its second full day of budget deliberations, Public Interest Alberta’s Executive Director Bradley Lafortune issued the following statement:

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“Band-aid solution”: Investment in Early Childhood Educators Needs to Go Further

For immediate release · December 01, 2022 3:27 PM

EDMONTON - Today, following sustained advocacy from the child care sector, the Government of Alberta announced a one-time payment and modest wage top-up for Alberta’s Early Childhood Educators, effective January 2023. While child care advocates are happy to see some investment into the wages of this critical workforce, the policy does not go far enough to address the working conditions of ECEs in the province.

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“This is an Emergency”: Public Interest Alberta calls on the City of Edmonton to build housing

For immediate release · November 22, 2022 1:00 PM

EDMONTON - Today marks National Housing Day. Advocacy organization Public Interest Alberta is calling on the City of Edmonton to commit to new funding for affordable housing during the upcoming municipal budget deliberations.

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“Alberta Seniors Deserve Better”: Advocacy Organizations Demand Meeting with Minister

For immediate release · November 07, 2022 12:28 PM

EDMONTON - Friends of Medicare and Public Interest Alberta, the two advocacy organizations behind the campaign Alberta Seniors Deserve Better, have sent a letter to Jeremy Nixon, the newly-appointed Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services. The groups are demanding to meet with the minister to urgently address the state of continuing care. 

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