Rally Challenges Harper Government Attack on Refugee Claimants on International Human Rights Day

For immediate release · December 10, 2014 11:54 AM

EDMONTON—A rally was held in front of MP Peter Goldring’s office today, International Human Rights Day, to demand answers to why the Conservative government is pushing through legislation that will allow provinces to deny refugee claimants access to social services. “Historically, Canada has had a reputation of helping vulnerable populations get back on their feet, so we were shocked when Peter Goldring asked why the families could not just go to a homeless shelter,” said Bill Moore-Kilgannon, Executive Director of Public Interest Alberta. “Given refugee claimants must already demonstrate great need in order to qualify for provincial income assistance and that it takes months for refugee claimants to get work permits, it is cruel to deny them the support they need to survive when they first arrive in Canada.”

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No Change - 143,200 Children Live in Poverty in Alberta

For immediate release · November 24, 2014 8:36 AM

EDMONTON—The Edmonton Social Planning Council, the Alberta College of Social Workers and Public Interest Alberta released a new report, “No Change: After 25 years of Promises it is Time to Eliminate Child Poverty” on the 25th anniversary of the all party House of Commons vote to eliminate child poverty by the year 2000. The report shows that 143,200 children in Alberta lived below the low-income measure (LIM After Tax) in 2012.  This represents 16.2% of all children, practically ‘no change’ from 1989 (16.4%). In fact, with Alberta’s population growth, there are 28,670 more children in poverty in Alberta than in 1989.

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Survey Shows Many Young Families Struggle for Childcare

For immediate release · November 20, 2014 11:52 AM

EDMONTON—Families with infants, children with special needs and low-incomes hit hardest by lack of childcare funding. In recognition of National Child Day, Public Interest Alberta released the results of a new province-wide survey of childcare centres, day homes and after school care that reveals how Alberta’s underfunded childcare system is failing too many families.

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Advocates Demand Harper Government Stop Attack on Refugee Claimants

For immediate release · November 10, 2014 10:32 AM

EDMONTON—Immigrant and refugee serving agencies started an advocacy campaign today across Alberta to convince the Harper government to stop their plan to allow provinces to deny refugee claimants access to social services.

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Stakeholders demand to see commitments in LRT Documents

For immediate release · November 06, 2014 1:02 PM

EDMONTON—Today representatives of five North Saskatchewan River Valley stakeholder groups called on the City of Edmonton to release the more than 1,500 redacted pages in the Request for Proposals on the $1.8 billion Southeast LRT project.“The LRT planners have not met their own commitment, and City Council’s direction, to conduct the procurement process in a manner that is ‘as open and transparent as possible’,” said Paul Bunner, Cloverdale Community League Civics Director.

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Auditor General Report Fails to Address Inadequacy of LTC System

For immediate release · October 07, 2014 12:00 AM

EDMONTON—“It is disappointing that the Auditor General makes no reference to the increasing need for long-term care spaces, which is causing so many seniors, many occupying acute care beds, while they await placement” says Noel Somerville, Chairperson of Public Interest Alberta’s Seniors Task Force. “The report notes that there are around 14,000 long-term care beds in Alberta, fewer in fact, than the number back in 2005, despite a significant increase in the number of seniors.”

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One in Five Employed Albertans Earn Low-Wages

For immediate release · September 01, 2014 12:00 AM

EDMONTON—Public Interest Alberta released new Statistics Canada data on Labour Day, September 1, 2014, that show 383,900 (20.5% of all employed workers) earn less than $15/hour.

The fact that so many Albertans are struggling to make ends meet despite having a job has a negative impact on families, our communities and the economy, said Bill Moore-Kilgannon, Executive Director of Public Interest Alberta.

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Premier must stop Education Minister's bullying of boards over support for charter schools

For immediate release · June 21, 2013 9:59 AM

EDMONTON—Representatives of Public Interest Alberta (PIA) called on Premier Redford to step in and rescind a recent action by Alberta’s Minister of Education Jeff Johnson which amounts to bullying urban school boards into subsidizing charter schools.

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Rally outside PC policy convention, today - Block (the) Party

For immediate release · May 26, 2013 12:00 AM

EDMONTON–Albertans from all over the province will gather outside the PC policy convention today from noon to 2 p.m. for a block party rally at 45 Ave between Gateway Blvd and Calgary Trail in Edmonton to protest the Redford government’s devastating March budget cuts. Media are invited to attend.

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Student Advocates Receive Public Interest Award

For immediate release · April 11, 2013 4:26 PM

EDMONTON—Public Interest Alberta has selected the Global Café at Jasper Place High School to receive this year’s Public Interest Award for Northern Alberta.

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