One in Six is Too Many: An Alberta Child Poverty Report
On November 20, 2018, to coincide with National Child Day, Public Interest Alberta, the Edmonton Social Planning Council, and the Alberta College of Social Workers published a new child poverty report, One in Six is Too Many: An Alberta Child Poverty Report.Read more
Letter to the Editor: Public Interest Alberta seeks to inform
Originally published as a Letter to the Editor in the Edmonton Journal on November 14, 2018.
Re: "Political action committees in Alberta," Oct. 29
I want to provide clarity on my organization’s third-party advertising. As a non-partisan organization, none of our work is done to support or oppose any political party. It is true we have supported a $15-per-hour minimum wage in Alberta, but we were advocating for that well before the NDP decided to make it a 2015 election issue.Read more
Dialogue: Should Private Schools Get Public Funding?
Originally published in the September 2018 issue of Alberta Views magazine.
"Our province has Canada’s most generous subsidies for private schools. Setting aside those private schools serving children with special needs, many of which fill gaps in our public systems, the Alberta government spends $110-million per year subsidizing private schools. This would be far better spent supporting students in public schools.
Parents enrolling children in private schools choose to opt out of their local public, Catholic or francophone system. They certainly have the right to do so, but they shouldn’t expect the public to fund that choice. Similarly, public funding makes library books available to anyone at no charge. Some people instead buy books from a bookstore, but they don’t expect the government to subsidize those purchases."
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Alberta's minimum wage increase debated on Alberta Primetime
As Alberta's minimum wage is set to increase from $13.60 to $15.00 per hour by October 1, 2018, a business lobby group has called on the province to freeze the minimum wage at its current rate of $13.60 per hour.
Our executive director, Joel French, debated this proposal on CTV Two's Alberta Primetime program, which aired on August 22nd. Our province has gone on too long allowing workers to be paid poverty-level wages. The minimum wage increase will allow these workers to support their families.Read more
Op-ed: Moving to the offensive, from anti-privatization to pro-public
Originally published on July 8, 2018 at Ricochet Media.Read more
Op-ed: Carbon tax a cautious step forward
Op-ed by Executive Director Joel French originally published in Calgary Herald on August 19, 2017 and in the Edmonton Journal on August 23, 2017.Read more
Op-Ed: Finally, some progress on seniors’ care
This op-ed was originally published in the Edmonton Journal, May 18, 2017Read more
Executive Director Joel French discusses back to school on Alberta Primetime
As students in every corner of the province headed back to school earlier this month, Public Interest Alberta Executive Director Joel French spoke to CTV Alberta Primetime about the high cost of going back to school.Read more
Op-Ed: Alberta's health and seniors advocates need real clout
If the appointment of Kwong See is not followed by a redefinition of the role, the advocacy positions described as a “work in progress” may turn out to be a tragically missed opportunity.Read more
Op-Ed Alberta can't afford massive cuts to its public services; so how do we raise more revenue?
The revenue shortage is a problem that will continue until our provincial government takes significant steps to solve it. There are really only two ways it can be fixed: either raise substantially more revenue, or make massive cuts to public services. Ralph Klein’s government took the latter approach to the extreme by cutting $3 billion from public services. In many ways, the province has still not recovered.Read more