Public Interest Alberta Condemns UCP Decision to Suspend the Legislative Sitting and Demands Action on Urgent Measures

For immediate release · May 03, 2021 1:49 PM

Today, Public Interest Alberta Executive Director Brad Lafortune made the following statement in response to the UCP Government’s sudden decision to suspend the legislative sitting as of Monday, May 3:

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Child Care Now: Public Interest Alberta demands the UCP commit to matching funding following historic federal government budget announcement

For immediate release · April 20, 2021 1:56 PM

EDMONTON - Yesterday, the federal government announced a historic investment into child care, proposing to spend an additional $30 billion over the next 5 years, with the goal of establishing a nation-wide $10 per day child care system. Today, Public Interest Alberta is demanding that the provincial government commit to the rollout of the federal program by upholding a 50-50 agreement to match half of the federal investment and ensure that every family in Alberta has access to high-quality, accessible, and affordable child care.

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Commemoration of the one year anniversary of COVID-19 shows the disproportionate toll the pandemic has taken on Alberta’s seniors

For immediate release · March 11, 2021 12:00 PM

EDMONTON - March 11, 2021 marks the one year anniversary of the declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic, and seniors groups, labour groups, and advocacy groups are gathering outside of the Federal Building at the Legislature to install an visual representation of the lives we have lost to COVID-19, especially those of Alberta’s seniors who have been disproportionately affected. The visual will be a collection of roses, made by Erin Alyward, each one colour coded to show the age of the person we lost. The advocates and activists will also be joined by members of Alberta Arts Action Group, a group which blends arts and activism, who will sing and recite poetry as we mark this solemn occasion.

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Budget 2021 is devastating to Albertans’ lives and livelihoods, big win for the wealthy

For immediate release · February 25, 2021 4:33 PM

EDMONTON - The Alberta government has released its provincial budget amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While the government promised not to make any significant cuts, the budget keeps in place cuts that had already been made across all areas of public services in previous years, while deepening cuts in several areas including a continued freeze to critical programs such as Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) and Income Support.

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Survey results show vast majority of the post-secondary sector does not trust the provincial government to act in the best interest of the sector

For immediate release · February 23, 2021 6:00 AM

EDMONTON - As a part of their coalition campaign, the organizations behind StopPSEcuts.ca have released the results of a survey which was sent out to the staff, faculty, and students in the post-secondary sector, as well as the public at large. The survey demonstrates a staggering lack of trust in the provincial government’s intentions for the sector.

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Survey results show child care operators struggling from COVID-19 pandemic and government cuts

For immediate release · February 01, 2021 6:00 AM

EDMONTON - Public Interest Alberta has released the results of its biennial Child Care Operator Survey. The survey respondents highlighted the struggles the sector is experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and shows how government cuts to sector funding is making a difficult situation even worse.

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New coalition campaign: “Working conditions are learning conditions in post-secondary education”

For immediate release · January 19, 2021 9:00 AM

EDMONTON - A coalition of organizations representing more than 154,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 11,000 faculty and instructors, and 13,000 support staff in Alberta’s post-secondary education system has launched a new campaign at www.stopPSEcuts.ca, headlined by the slogan “working conditions are learning conditions.” The campaign aims to raise Albertans’ awareness of the negative impacts of the significant cuts the provincial government has made over the past two years to post-secondary education and pressure politicians to change direction.

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New report: COVID-19 has shone a spotlight on child and family poverty in Alberta

For immediate release · December 08, 2020 12:00 PM

EDMONTON - The Alberta College of Social Workers, the Edmonton Social Planning Council, and Public Interest Alberta have jointly released a report on the state of child and family poverty in Alberta, Spotlight: Lessons on Child Poverty in a Pandemic.

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Alberta economist provides perspective on misleading info in government budget consultation materials

For immediate release · October 22, 2020 11:04 AM

EDMONTON - The Alberta government has begun consultations for the next provincial budget, set to be released in February 2021. A key part of the consultation is a survey which asks Albertans to respond to several questions about budget priorities. However, the background information given for the survey and the consultations as a whole contains information that is either given without context or out of context in order to direct the thinking of respondents to the answers the government wants to receive.

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New charter school shows government taking care of private interests at expense of public education

For immediate release · October 09, 2020 11:31 AM

EDMONTON - The Alberta provincial government has given the green light to the first new charter school in 13 years after the Black Gold public school division shuttered a rural elementary school in June 2020.

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