New data shows more than 300,000 Albertans receiving minimum wage raises

For immediate release · September 05, 2018 8:00 AM

Edmonton - Public Interest Alberta has released new data from Statistics Canada showing that more than 300,000 Albertans, nearly one in six workers, will receive a raise when the minimum wage is raised from $13.60 to $15.00 per hour on October 1, 2018.

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Federal poverty strategy will have limited impact without funding commitments

For immediate release · August 21, 2018 3:35 PM

EDMONTON – The federal government has released its long-anticipated poverty reduction strategy, titled Opportunity for All – Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy. The strategy sets a standard measure for poverty and aims to reduce it 20 percent by 2020 and 50 percent by 2030.

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Post-Secondary Education organizations highlight the need for affordable post-secondary education, accountable governance, and stable funding

For immediate release · May 29, 2018 4:14 PM

EDMONTON – Members of Public Interest Alberta’s Post-Secondary Education Task Force held a meeting with the Honourable Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education, earlier today to discuss priorities for Alberta’s post-secondary education system.

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“Revenue Reno” event in Red Deer calls for more tax revenue to protect and revitalize public services

For immediate release · April 25, 2018 8:55 AM

RED DEER – Public Interest Alberta hosted a public discussion in Red Deer for its Revenue Reno campaign, which aims to stimulate a broad public conversation in the province about the government’s revenue shortage and the quality of public services.

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Alberta budget problems and omissions the result of inferior tax system

For immediate release · March 22, 2018 8:13 PM

The Alberta government has released its 2018 budget, which includes effective cuts to most areas of public services, as spending fails to keep pace with inflation and population growth.
 
“The piecemeal cuts to public services in the budget take Alberta in the wrong direction, but the striking thing is what is not in the budget,” said Joel French, Executive Director of Public Interest Alberta. “Absent are many things Albertans need, like improved classroom conditions in schools and addressing the shortage of long-term care beds for seniors.”

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School board policies need big changes to effectively support LGBTQ students, staff, and families before March 31 deadline

For immediate release · March 19, 2018 9:42 AM

A new report on four school boards’ policies and procedures on sexual and gender minorities points to the need for substantial changes in order to properly protect students and their rights, according to Public Interest Alberta.

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New "Revenue Reno" campaign calls for Alberta to raise more tax revenue to protect and revitalize public services

For immediate release · March 13, 2018 11:01 AM

EDMONTON – Public Interest Alberta has launched a new campaign called Revenue Reno to encourage a public conversation in the province about the government’s revenue shortage and the quality of public services. The campaign emphasizes Alberta’s need to renovate its tax system with changes to personal income tax rates and the introduction of a sales tax to protect and revitalize public services.

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Organizations Propose Private School Funding be Reallocated to Improve Classroom Conditions

For immediate release · March 05, 2018 10:57 AM

EDMONTON – Public Interest Alberta joined with 16 other organizations today to urge the provincial government, in Budget 2018, to reduce public funding of private schools, exempting special needs schools, and reallocate the funds to improve classroom conditions in Public, Catholic, and Francophone schools.

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Budget 2018 should focus on fair taxation to revitalize public services: Public Interest Alberta

For immediate release · January 11, 2018 12:49 PM

EDMONTON - Public Interest Alberta is attending a Government of Alberta consultation regarding the 2018 provincial budget in order to encourage major changes in the province’s approach to revenue and spending.

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Greater Role for Public Sector in Hinton Continuing Care Applauded

For immediate release · December 20, 2017 3:03 PM

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Friends of Medicare and Public Interest Alberta welcomes a change in continuing care today with the announcement from Alberta Health that they will now be operating the Mountain View Centre supportive living services in Hinton. The facility is currently operated by the private not-for-profit Good Samaritan Society.

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