New Law; Same Story: UCP yet again entrenches privatization and deregulation with Bill 21

For immediate release · April 25, 2022 4:48 PM

EDMONTON - The newly-introduced Red Tape Reduction Statutes Amendment Act (Bill 21) will see the removal of critical data collection accountability for private schools. In response, Public Interest Alberta Executive Director Bradley Lafortune issued the following statement:

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Public Interest Alberta calls for transparency and compassion in City of Edmonton’s encampment strategy

For immediate release · April 25, 2022 1:58 PM

EDMONTON -Today, the City of Edmonton’s Community and Public Services Committee reviewed a report and presentation on the state of homelessness and the City’s proposed response to encampments, highlighting the Provincial Government’s lack of action on bridge housing, supportive housing, and emergency shelter services. In the face of this ongoing crisis, Public Interest Alberta calls for transparency and compassion through a human rights based approach to housing and homelessness.

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Albertans are struggling with an escalating affordability crisis

For immediate release · April 19, 2022 1:51 PM

EDMONTON - Despite Premier Kenney’s audacious trumpeting that 2022 is a turnaround year for Alberta, many Albertans are struggling with the escalating affordability crisis.

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April 15 Service Ban Cut-Off Could Leave Thousands of Albertans in the Dark

For immediate release · April 14, 2022 11:05 AM

EDMONTON - With the ban on cutting off service to working Albertans who are behind on their utilities bills expiring this Friday, April 15, advocates are sounding the alarm and demanding an emergency action to avoid thousands of Albertans losing their access to utilities.

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Public Interest Alberta calls for transparency in wake of Dr. Yiu’s termination

For immediate release · April 05, 2022 12:40 PM

EDMONTON -  In response to Dr. Verna Yiu’s sudden removal as CEO of Alberta Health Services by the UCP government, Public Interest Alberta is calling for the full and immediate disclosure of the UCP Government and AHS’ recruitment and appointment plans.

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“Ditch the Draft!”: Public Education Advocacy Organizations Echo the Call to Scrap Deeply-Flawed Curriculum Draft

For immediate release · April 01, 2022 10:00 AM

EDMONTON - This weekend, on Saturday, April 2, there will be a province-wide rally calling on the UCP government to “ditch the draft” and scrap their widely-derided and deeply-unpopular elementary curriculum. 

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Federal Climate Targets are Insufficient to Protect People and the Environment

For immediate release · March 29, 2022 2:17 PM

EDMONTON - The Canadian Federal Government released their 2030 Emission Reduction Plan. While a step in the right direction, progressive advocacy organization Public Interest Alberta warns that the targets are insufficient to avoid the worst outcomes of climate change.

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“Child poverty is not an inevitability”: New report examines the solutions to the child poverty crisis in Alberta

For immediate release · March 18, 2022 9:28 AM

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 poverty in Alberta. The report finds that over 160,000 children in Alberta are living in poverty. 

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UCP Government Proposal to Slash Wages of Healthcare Heroes is a Slap in the Face

For immediate release · March 14, 2022 2:02 PM

EDMONTON - The proposed rollbacks by the Kenney UCP government for healthcare professionals is the latest example of this government’s disrespect for frontline workers. At a time when the government is projecting a more than $500 million surplus and frontline workers have been on the frontlines of a pandemic, Public Interest Alberta is calling for the government to retract its proposals and bargain in good faith.

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“Seniors are suffering”: Campaign launches to demand the government legislate a Seniors Advocate

For immediate release · March 11, 2022 9:00 AM

EDMONTON - Today, on the two year anniversary of the World Health Organization’s declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, a coalition of seniors’ advocacy organizations are launching a campaign demanding that the government legislate a Seniors’ Advocate, a role that the UCP axed early in their tenure in the legislature.

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