Childcare funding lowest in Canada

For immediate release · September 16, 2009 2:12 PM

EDMONTON—Statistics released yesterday in a new national study on early childhood education in Canada by the Childcare Resource and Research Unit, show that Alberta still provides the lowest support to childcare of all the provinces.The report shows that Alberta spent $195/child under 12 years of age (national average = $663/child), and only provides $1429 per licensed childcare space (national average = $3560).

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Campaign challenges cuts to post-secondary education

For immediate release · September 15, 2009 12:58 PM

EDMONTON—Public Interest Alberta’s Task Force on Post-Secondary Education launched a province-wide advocacy campaign today to convince the government that investments in advanced education are vital in these difficult economic times. Cuts to post-secondary education are already having an impact on many institutions, and deeper cuts will significantly reduce the quality of education in Alberta.

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PIA calls for reform of electoral and political party financing

For immediate release · June 30, 2009 11:15 PM

EDMONTON—On the day before Canada Day, PIA is releasing a new report revealing that Alberta has the least democratic political financing laws in Canada, and calling for broad reforms based on effective practices in other parts of Canada.

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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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