Minimum wage increase helps Albertans who need it most

For immediate release · June 30, 2016 5:21 PM

EDMONTON—Public Interest Alberta joined the Minister of Labour for her announcement this morning on the roll-out of the government's plan to implement a $15 per hour minimum wage by 2018.

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Public Interest Alberta's Joel French and Larry Booi available to comment on Submission to Ethics and Accountability Committee

For immediate release · June 17, 2016 3:41 AM

EDMONTON—Public Interest Alberta Executive Director, Joel French, and Chair of Public Interest Alberta's Democracy Task Force, Larry Booi, will be presenting to the Select Special Ethics and Accountability Committee this morning. They will be discussing the Democracy Task Force's submission to the committee, entitled Strengthening our Democracy and sharing the Task Force's recommendations for changes to campaign and party finance and electoral reform in Alberta.

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$15 minimum wage will benefit all but falls short of a living wage

For immediate release · June 09, 2016 10:55 AM

EDMONTON—The Alberta Ministry of Labour held a consultation yesterday on how it should implement its commitment to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2018. The meeting included representatives from social advocacy groups, labour unions, and business organizations.

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Alberta’s finances are a sick patient: budget addresses symptoms, not root cause

For immediate release · April 14, 2016 3:46 PM

EDMONTON—Alberta’s 2016-17 budget released today marks a significant drop in government revenue. The total projected revenue of $41.4 billion for 2016-17 is a $1.5 billion drop from last year and an $8.1 billion drop from two years ago.

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Keep Investing in Alberta's Children - New Report Highlights the Path Forward to Ending Child Poverty

For immediate release · April 13, 2016 10:30 AM

EDMONTON—The Edmonton Social Planning Council, the Alberta College of Social Workers, and Public Interest Alberta released a new report, “The Path Forward: Opportunities to End Child Poverty in Alberta” on the eve of the Alberta government’s 2016 budget.

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Poll shows Albertans want carbon price revenue to support green energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transportation

For immediate release · April 13, 2016 10:29 AM

EDMONTON—A new poll asking Albertans how they would like revenue raised by a proposed carbon tax spent indicates that by more than a two-to-one margin, people favour spending it on green energy projects, transit and energy efficiency improvements.

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Oppose Motion 504, phase out funding for private schools, and end the charter school experiment: Public Interest Alberta

For immediate release · April 12, 2016 10:43 AM

EDMONTON—Public Interest Alberta Executive Director Joel French called on MLAs and government to reject MLA Rick McIver’s Motion 504, and instead to end provincial funding for private schools and absorb charter schools into the province’s school boards.

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Throne speech protects public services but ignores childcare promise

For immediate release · March 08, 2016 4:34 PM

EDMONTON—The Speech from the Throne was delivered today by Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Lois Mitchell. It pledged to protect health care and education in the face of the government’s severe revenue shortage.

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Public Interest Alberta calls for citizen engagement in democratic reform

For immediate release · February 19, 2016 11:52 AM

EDMONTON—Representatives of Public Interest Alberta today released a proposal for democratic reform related to the province’s electoral system and its campaign and party finance legislation, and called for strong citizen engagement in the coming months to make democratic renewal a reality.

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Human health and economy win with coal phaseout, but shift to natural gas raises concerns: business, labour, NGOs

For immediate release · November 30, 2015 3:37 PM

EDMONTON—Members of the Alberta Green Economy Network (AGEN), a diverse coalition of Alberta-based green businesses, labour unions, NGOs, First Nations and Métis supporters, released the following statement in response to the government’s announcement on renewable energy:

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