New pharmacare strategy helps insurance industry

For immediate release · April 23, 2009 1:33 PM

EDMONTON—Minister Liepert’s latest approach to a pharmacare plan for seniors has shifted the whole model to a means tested insurance system that will not help the majority of seniors.

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Corporations ask for $100/day long-term care

For immediate release · April 21, 2009 1:53 PM

EDMONTON—The Alberta government has just completed a closed door consultation with invited stakeholders to discuss increasing the cost for long-term care residents to encourage private corporations to build more facilities. Representatives from private corporations who participated in the consultation said they would be unable to commit to building new long-term care centres unless the price was increased to at least $100 per day from the current maximum of $54.

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Majority wants government to “Invest in Albertans”

For immediate release · April 02, 2009 1:44 PM

EDMONTON—“As the recession continues Albertans will need to put pressure on the government to make wise choices that will address the priorities of the majority of our province’s people,” says Bill Moore-Kilgannon, Executive Director of Public Interest Alberta. “Our new Environics public opinion poll clearly shows that two-thirds of Albertans want the government to play an active role in dealing with the economic situation and not just sit back and support the old “leave-it-to-the-market” approach to the economy.”

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Province urged to invest in community based childcare

For immediate release · March 06, 2009 1:36 PM

EDMONTON—Public Interest Alberta (PIA) has released documents obtained through a Freedom of Information request into negotiations between a new Texas based company and the government to build 14,000 childcare spaces.

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Don't cut seniors out

For immediate release · March 03, 2009 1:13 PM
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Alberta's income support system remains the lowest in Canada

For immediate release · December 10, 2008 1:17 PM

EDMONTON—The National Council on Welfare’s report released today shows that in most categories and by most measures, our social assistance rates in Alberta are either the lowest or the second lowest in Canada. Only in a couple of categories does Alberta measure up to what is happening in other provinces. While Alberta just increased our rates as of November 1st 2008, we still will be well below the national average in most of the categories studied by this report.

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77,595 Alberta children live below the poverty line

For immediate release · November 21, 2008 1:34 PM

EDMONTON—A new provincial report on Child and Family poverty released today by the Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) reveals that 77,595 children are living in families below Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut Off (LICO). This means one in ten children in Alberta live below the poverty line.

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Warning from Campaign 2000 to federal parties

For immediate release · September 29, 2008 3:26 PM

EDMONTON—Citing disturbing census data on high child and family poverty rates in major Canadian cities, the national anti-poverty coalition Campaign 2000 today urged all federal party leaders to commit to a Poverty Reduction Strategy for Canada.

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New schools price tag skyrockets

For immediate release · September 19, 2008 3:32 PM

EDMONTON—“Albertans should to very shocked to hear the price tag for building and maintaining 18 new schools in Edmonton and Calgary is now a whopping $634 million dollars when only a year ago the catholic and public school boards in those cities had predicted the total costs would be less than $240 million to build,” said Bill Moore-Kilgannon, Executive Director of Public Interest Alberta. (For Edmonton, the costs were reported to be $117.8 million according to the June 15, 2007 article by David Howell in the Edmonton Journal)

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Community organizations fear crisis is worsening

For immediate release · May 07, 2008 3:36 PM

EDMONTON—Representatives from human service agencies announced today that they are deeply concerned the provincial budget will not resolve the on-going crisis facing community organizations to find and keep staff to provide services to children, youth and families in crisis and adults with disabilities.

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