Public lands should be for public not private interests

For immediate release · October 30, 2016 10:00 AM

EDMONTON—A coalition of organizations led by Public Interest Alberta and the Edmonton and District Labour Council today called on Edmonton City Council to reverse the decision to sell two pieces of public land to private schools.

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Parkland report on elder care shows clear need for public long-term care and revenue solutions

For immediate release · October 25, 2016 10:00 AM

EDMONTON - Today the Parkland Institute issued a new report, Losing Ground: Alberta's Residential Elder Care Crisis, which shows a clear need for reforms of Alberta’s seniors’ care system.

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Minimum wage increase comes at the right time for Albertans in need

For immediate release · September 30, 2016 10:00 AM

EDMONTON - Public Interest Alberta is pleased with the Government of Alberta's decision to implement a $15 per hour minimum wage by 2018.  Tomorrow, the minimum wage will increase by one dollar to $12.20 per hour and the liquor server rate will be eliminated.

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Nearly One in Five Employed Albertans Earn Low Wages

For immediate release · September 01, 2016 6:09 AM

In the lead up to Labour Day weekend, Public Interest Alberta, in partnership with the Alberta College of Social Workers, released new data on low-wage workers from Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey. It shows that 354,700 workers, making up 18.6% of employed Albertans, earn $15 per hour or less.

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Not all school boards' Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity policies make the grade

For immediate release · August 30, 2016 6:16 AM

Today Public Interest Alberta and the University of Alberta’s Dr. Kristopher Wells, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies, released Making the Grade, an analysis of four Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity policies that school boards have submitted to Alberta Education.

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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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