“How is it these grocery CEOs can sleep at night?”: Albertans call for an end to profiteering

For immediate release · March 08, 2023 3:07 PM

EDMONTON  - Today, Parliament is summoning grocery CEOs including Loblaws CEO Galen Weston to testify about the astronomical price of food. Progressive advocacy organization Public Interest Alberta and the University of Alberta Campus Food Bank called for immediate action to protect citizens from grocery profiteering and upstream solutions for the affordability crisis.

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UCP Budget a tale of two Albertas: Blatant election budget puts profit before people

For immediate release · February 28, 2023 4:55 PM

EDMONTON - “For the second year in a row, the budget is balanced — on the backs of Albertans,” said Public Interest Alberta’s Executive Director Bradley Lafortune. “In it, we’ve got a tale of two Albertas: an Alberta where the already-wealthy thrive, and an Alberta where regular people struggle to put food on the table, gas in their car, and a roof over their head.”

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“Housing Works”: Public Interest Alberta Demands Housing and Supports From UCP Following AHS Presentation to Edmonton City Councillors

For immediate release · February 07, 2023 3:12 PM

EDMONTON - Today, Public Interest Alberta issued a demand for the UCP government to support upstream solutions in housing and services following a presentation to city councillors by Alberta Health Services’ Dr. Sikora, Chief Medical Officer for Health for Edmonton.

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“We can’t make quality optional”: Expansion of private child care spaces at the cost of quality

For immediate release · February 01, 2023 2:50 PM

EDMONTON - In response to the announcement of the expansion of for-profit child care under the $10-a-day child care framework agreement, child care advocacy organizations Child Care Now Alberta and Public Interest Alberta are raising concerns that the framework sacrifices quality in the system.

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Interest Rate Hike Will Hurt Albertans

For immediate release · January 25, 2023 12:55 PM

EDMONTON - Today, the Bank of Canada has raised interest rates for the eighth time in less than a year as the affordability crisis deepens in Alberta. Advocacy organization Public Interest Alberta is speaking out against the policy, which will not address fuel prices and will further strain Albertans’ ability to purchase the basics.

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New Analysis Shows Drug Poisoning Deaths Higher than UCP Government Claims: New Approach Desperately Needed

For immediate release · January 24, 2023 3:51 PM

EDMONTON - Today, Alberta researcher and advocate Dr. Euan Thomson, Public Interest Alberta and Friends of Medicare presented data and called on the UCP government to retract its claims that drug poisoning or overdose deaths are significantly decreasing as a result of their policies. The analysis shows that overdose announcements being made while medical examiner backlogs continue have artificially dampened mortality numbers, calling into question the provincial government’s entire shift in strategy toward an abstinence-only focus. 

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Public Interest Alberta Demands Truly Independent, Third Party Investigation Into Premier’s Office

For immediate release · January 24, 2023 11:51 AM

In response to Premier Smith’s statement that no emails have been found over the course of a hasty, internal email search over this past weekend and that no further action will be taken, Bradley Lafortune, executive director of Public Interest Alberta, issued the following statement:

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The UCP has made the affordability crisis go from bad to worse

For immediate release · January 17, 2023 9:00 AM

EDMONTON - The Alberta Affordability Plan (AAP) applications open tomorrow, Wednesday January 18. Progressive advocacy organization Public Interest Alberta is ringing the alarm bell about how much this program and its rollout have failed Albertans.

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UCP’s Confusing and Incompetent Affordability Portal Will Lead to Further Payment Delays

For immediate release · January 09, 2023 1:33 PM

EDMONTON — Today’s announcement of an online portal for Albertans to access the UCP’s affordability measures means Albertans can expect further delays for these payments with cheques not expected until two months after the initial announcement of supports. Instead of using the Canada Revenue Agency and direct deposit, the UCP has opted to create a new, untested portal that could make it harder for Albertans to receive payment. 

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Too Little, Too Late: UCP Government’s “Band-Aid” Affordability Measures Not Enough

For immediate release · January 05, 2023 2:37 PM

EDMONTON - As the UCP government rolls out its flawed affordability package this month with application details expected Monday, Public Interest Alberta’s Executive Director Bradley Lafortune issued the following statement: 

“Albertans are suffering under this affordability crisis. Food banks can’t keep food on their shelves. Homelessness has more than doubled across the province, and families are sinking further and further into debt. Albertans deserve better than sleepless nights with their stomachs in knots wondering how they will pay their utility bills, feed their families, or make rent or mortgage payments. 

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