Public Interest Alberta urges support for Trustee Stirling’s pro-public motion

For immediate release · March 18, 2019 1:20 PM

EDMONTON - Public Interest Alberta, a non-partisan progressive advocacy organization,  encouraged support for Edmonton Public Trustee Bridget Stirling’s motion, to ensure the public nature of school ownership and operation:

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New campaign says “Alberta Seniors Deserve Better” in 2019 provincial election

For immediate release · March 05, 2019 10:00 AM

EDMONTON - Friends of Medicare and Public Interest Alberta premiered a series of four videos to kick off their new campaign Alberta Seniors Deserve Better, which highlights the issues facing seniors in the continuing care system, and encourages Albertans to sign a petition to call on all of Alberta’s political parties to make strengthening seniors’ care a top priority in the 2019 provincial election.

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Results of child care survey show vital importance of government's $25-a-day program

For immediate release · January 16, 2019 12:33 PM
EDMONTON – Public Interest Alberta has released the results of its 2018 Alberta Child Care Survey, which gives insight into many of the problems in the province’s child care sector and shows how the government’s Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Centres program, also known as the “$25-a-day” program, is pointing the way forward in many of those areas.
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Budget 2019 should focus on strong public services and fair taxation

For immediate release · January 15, 2019 4:00 PM

Public Interest Alberta’s Executive Director Joel French attended a Government of Alberta consultation on the 2019 provincial budget hosted by Health Minister Sarah Hoffman. He presented five major points of input on the budget:

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Edmonton City Council needs a public discussion of Mayfair lease issues

For immediate release · January 07, 2019 5:18 PM

Representatives of Public Interest Alberta today called on members of Edmonton’s City Council to have an open and thorough discussion of the full range of issues related to the lease of public river valley land by the Royal Mayfair Golf Club.

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Latest report on child poverty illustrates persistent growth in number of Albertan children living in poverty

For immediate release · November 20, 2018 9:52 AM

The Edmonton Social Planning Council, Public Interest Alberta, and the Alberta College of Social Workers have jointly released a new report on the challenges faced by Albertan children and youth titled “One in Six is Too Many: An Alberta Child Poverty Report”.

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Increases to income support programs reduce poverty and correct an injustice

For immediate release · November 08, 2018 3:12 PM

EDMONTON – The Government of Alberta has introduced An Act to Combat Poverty and Fight for Albertans with Disabilities, which if passed will increase and index income support rates for its Income Support and Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) programs. These are changes Public Interest Alberta has been advocating for years.


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Changes to Post-Secondary Learning Act hailed as a positive step forward

For immediate release · October 29, 2018 4:49 PM

EDMONTON – The Minister of Advanced Education has tabled Bill 19: An Act to Improve the Affordability and Accessibility of Post-Secondary Education, which focuses on the affordability, accessibility, and quality of post-secondary education in institutions across Alberta. The legislation follows a tuition review launched nearly two years ago.

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New data shows more than 300,000 Albertans receiving minimum wage raises

For immediate release · September 05, 2018 8:00 AM

Edmonton - Public Interest Alberta has released new data from Statistics Canada showing that more than 300,000 Albertans, nearly one in six workers, will receive a raise when the minimum wage is raised from $13.60 to $15.00 per hour on October 1, 2018.

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Federal poverty strategy will have limited impact without funding commitments

For immediate release · August 21, 2018 3:35 PM

EDMONTON – The federal government has released its long-anticipated poverty reduction strategy, titled Opportunity for All – Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy. The strategy sets a standard measure for poverty and aims to reduce it 20 percent by 2020 and 50 percent by 2030.

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