“We are not done here”: Advocates Express Disappointment at Edmonton School Board Decision, Commit to Organize for Safer Schools for All

For immediate release · May 01, 2024 2:19 PM

EDMONTON - In response to yesterday’s disappointing Edmonton Public School Board decision to bring police officers back into public schools, Public Interest Alberta’s Executive Director Bradley Lafortune made the following statement:

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Public Interest Alberta Demands Fully-Funded Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Strategy in Wake of ‘Climate Denial’ Budget

For immediate release · March 05, 2024 1:42 PM

EDMONTON - Public Interest Alberta is calling on the provincial government to amend its budget and invest in climate mitigation and adaptation. The provincial government’s proposed budget lacks any real investment in climate adaptation and mitigation to keep people safe and healthy, and protect agricultural lands and ecosystems. While other provinces, like British Columbia, have spent the past several years developing strategies for climate adaptation and mitigation, Alberta has instead cut funding to piecemeal projects and neglected to convene resources in an overall government strategy.

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Austerity budget yet another mark on a long list of UCP failures

For immediate release · February 29, 2024 4:29 PM

EDMONTON - “For the third year in a row, the budget is balanced — on the backs of Albertans,” said Public Interest Alberta’s Executive Director Bradley Lafortune. “Don’t fall for their spin. This is an austerity budget, plain and simple. The UCP are ignoring the needs of Albertans to continue their disastrous record of cuts, chaos and privatization.”

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‘Enough is Enough’: Provincial budget must invest in the public interest

For immediate release · February 27, 2024 2:49 PM

EDMONTON - The Alberta provincial budget will be released on Thursday, February 29th. In anticipation of its release, Public Interest Alberta’s Executive Director Bradley Lafortune has issued the following statement:

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“Advocacy Works”: Edmonton City Council to hold special meeting to declare a housing and homelessness crisis following public outcry

For immediate release · January 11, 2024 2:13 PM

EDMONTON - In response to Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi’s public commitment to call a special meeting to declare a housing and homelessness emergency, Public Interest Alberta’s Executive Director Bradley Lafortune issued the following statement:

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Public Interest Alberta and Allies Demand Edmonton Police Service ‘Stand Down’ From Mass Decampment

For immediate release · December 15, 2023 12:09 PM

EDMONTON - With sources within City Hall and administration confirming the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) has unilaterally enacted a plan to forcibly decamp hundreds of Edmontonians in what is likely the city’s largest encampment sweep ever, Public Interest Alberta and allies are calling for EPS to stand down. The planned decampent is an infringement of the Charter rights of houseless people by EPS, will make the situation worse on the ground, and will bring Edmonton’s already massively strained emergency health system further to the breaking point.

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Disturbing revelations from the Child and Youth Advocate Annual Report: Public Interest Alberta demands urgent action

For immediate release · November 28, 2023 1:25 PM

EDMONTON - Today, The Child and Youth Advocate released their annual report. This report included the disturbing revelation that the office of the Advocate saw the highest number of deaths of young people in care since 2012, the year the office received a mandate to conduct investigative reviews. Bradley Lafortune, Executive Director of Public Interest Alberta, issued the following statement in response:

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Alberta should follow Manitoba’s lead and bring back a Seniors Advocate, improve Seniors’ Care

For immediate release · November 22, 2023 1:50 PM

EDMONTON — Yesterday’s Speech from the Throne in Manitoba laid out the new government’s agenda. The speech includes commitments to: “increase the hours of direct care for each senior living in personal care homes. And create a Seniors Advocate — a strong, independent voice for seniors and their families,” as well as a commitment to increase home care support for seniors to remain in their homes.

For years, Friends of Medicare and Public Interest Alberta have been advocating for an independent, legislated, and properly empowered seniors advocate. Manitoba will now be joining British Columbia in having a Seniors Advocate with real teeth to conduct monitoring and analysis of seniors’ services, and to make recommendations to address issues and make long-overdue changes to the way that care is provided. Unfortunately, the UCP government has consistently insisted there is no need for such an advocate here since cutting the position in their last term.

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“Albertans Need Real Leadership”: Public Interest Alberta demands UCP prioritize housing, affordability, and public services this session

For immediate release · October 30, 2023 1:49 PM

As the Alberta Legislature resumes and Albertans wait to hear the priorities of the UCP government through the Speech from the Throne, Public Interest Alberta’s Executive Director Bradley Lafortune issued the following statement:

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“Not worth the paper it’s written on”: Public Interest Alberta criticizes the UCP report on the Alberta Pension Plan as a “fantasy”

For immediate release · September 21, 2023 12:30 PM

EDMONTON - In response to the release of the UCP’s release of a report on the creation of the Alberta Pension Plan (APP), Public Interest Alberta’s Executive Director Bradley Lafortune issued the following statement:

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