EDMONTON—A rally was held in front of MP Peter Goldring’s office today, International Human Rights Day, to demand answers to why the Conservative government is pushing through legislation that will allow provinces to deny refugee claimants access to social services. “Historically, Canada has had a reputation of helping vulnerable populations get back on their feet, so we were shocked when Peter Goldring asked why the families could not just go to a homeless shelter,” said Bill Moore-Kilgannon, Executive Director of Public Interest Alberta. “Given refugee claimants must already demonstrate great need in order to qualify for provincial income assistance and that it takes months for refugee claimants to get work permits, it is cruel to deny them the support they need to survive when they first arrive in Canada.”Read more
EDMONTON—The Edmonton Social Planning Council, the Alberta College of Social Workers and Public Interest Alberta released a new report, “No Change: After 25 years of Promises it is Time to Eliminate Child Poverty” on the 25th anniversary of the all party House of Commons vote to eliminate child poverty by the year 2000. The report shows that 143,200 children in Alberta lived below the low-income measure (LIM After Tax) in 2012. This represents 16.2% of all children, practically ‘no change’ from 1989 (16.4%). In fact, with Alberta’s population growth, there are 28,670 more children in poverty in Alberta than in 1989.Read more
EDMONTON—Families with infants, children with special needs and low-incomes hit hardest by lack of childcare funding. In recognition of National Child Day, Public Interest Alberta released the results of a new province-wide survey of childcare centres, day homes and after school care that reveals how Alberta’s underfunded childcare system is failing too many families.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.”Read more
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.Read more
EDMONTON—Public Interest Alberta is pleased to announce that Linda McCulloch (formerly Linda Sloan) has been elected its new Chairperson. McCulloch is a Registered Nurse, former Edmonton City Councillor, President of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, and Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.
“Public Interest Alberta has played a vital role in challenging and disclosing undemocratic processes including the privatization of public entities and general public issues like seniors care,” says McCulloch.Read more
EDMONTON The Health Quality Council of Alberta report “Continuing Care Wait List: First Available Appropriate Living Option” that was released today demonstrates that there continues to be a serious shortage of spaces for seniors requiring long-term care. The result is that many seniors are waiting too long in acute care hospitals and in their homes. However, the report fails to explore underlying systemic issues with the private seniors care model.Read more
New advocacy campaign shows Alberta Could invest in public services with a progressive income tax and increased corporate taxRead more