Advocates Demand Harper Government Stop Attack on Refugee Claimants

For immediate release · November 10, 2014 10:32 AM

EDMONTON—Immigrant and refugee serving agencies started an advocacy campaign today across Alberta to convince the Harper government to stop their plan to allow provinces to deny refugee claimants access to social services.

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Stakeholders demand to see commitments in LRT Documents

For immediate release · November 06, 2014 1:02 PM

EDMONTON—Today representatives of five North Saskatchewan River Valley stakeholder groups called on the City of Edmonton to release the more than 1,500 redacted pages in the Request for Proposals on the $1.8 billion Southeast LRT project.“The LRT planners have not met their own commitment, and City Council’s direction, to conduct the procurement process in a manner that is ‘as open and transparent as possible’,” said Paul Bunner, Cloverdale Community League Civics Director.

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Auditor General Report Fails to Address Inadequacy of LTC System

For immediate release · October 07, 2014 12:00 AM

EDMONTON—“It is disappointing that the Auditor General makes no reference to the increasing need for long-term care spaces, which is causing so many seniors, many occupying acute care beds, while they await placement” says Noel Somerville, Chairperson of Public Interest Alberta’s Seniors Task Force. “The report notes that there are around 14,000 long-term care beds in Alberta, fewer in fact, than the number back in 2005, despite a significant increase in the number of seniors.”

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One in Five Employed Albertans Earn Low-Wages

For immediate release · September 01, 2014 12:00 AM

EDMONTON—Public Interest Alberta released new Statistics Canada data on Labour Day, September 1, 2014, that show 383,900 (20.5% of all employed workers) earn less than $15/hour.

The fact that so many Albertans are struggling to make ends meet despite having a job has a negative impact on families, our communities and the economy, said Bill Moore-Kilgannon, Executive Director of Public Interest Alberta.

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Premier must stop Education Minister's bullying of boards over support for charter schools

For immediate release · June 21, 2013 9:59 AM

EDMONTON—Representatives of Public Interest Alberta (PIA) called on Premier Redford to step in and rescind a recent action by Alberta’s Minister of Education Jeff Johnson which amounts to bullying urban school boards into subsidizing charter schools.

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Rally outside PC policy convention, today - Block (the) Party

For immediate release · May 26, 2013 12:00 AM

EDMONTON–Albertans from all over the province will gather outside the PC policy convention today from noon to 2 p.m. for a block party rally at 45 Ave between Gateway Blvd and Calgary Trail in Edmonton to protest the Redford government’s devastating March budget cuts. Media are invited to attend.

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Student Advocates Receive Public Interest Award

For immediate release · April 11, 2013 4:26 PM

EDMONTON—Public Interest Alberta has selected the Global Café at Jasper Place High School to receive this year’s Public Interest Award for Northern Alberta.

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Medicine Hat Advocate Receives Public Interest Award

For immediate release · April 09, 2013 5:05 PM

EDMONTON—Public Interest Alberta has selected Evelyn Schuler from Medicine Hat to receive this year’s Public Interest Award for Southern Alberta.

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Poll reveals majority opposed to SE LRT privatization

For immediate release · April 08, 2013 12:00 AM

EDMONTON A new poll from Environics shows that 64% of Edmontonians disagree with the decision to turn over operations of the proposed South East LRT to a private corporation.A coalition of labour groups, public interest organizations and citizens are starting a public advocacy campaign in the lead up to the October municipal elections to challenge City council’s decision to privatize the maintence and operations of new LRT line and the Harper government’s funding condition that the LRT operations must be privatized.

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Childcare Advocates Shocked Government to Cut Quality Funding

For immediate release · March 25, 2013 11:59 AM

EDMONTON—Childcare advocates across the province were shocked and upset to hear from the Minister of Human Services, Dave Hancock, that the Quality Enhancement Grant that has been in place since 2003, will be eliminated effective April 1st. The grant was worth $7500 for all accredited childcare centres and day home agencies and $4000 for all accredited before and after school programs.

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