The Advocate is Public Interest Alberta's regular publication.

The newsletter is intended to be a space to update our members and supporters on our work and to share information about public interest advocacy in Alberta. It is published three times per year.

The Advocate - Winter 2023

In this issue: 

  • Who will stand for universal access to strong public education in the next election?: Wing Li from Support our Students, former Calgary Board of Education Trustee Julie Hrdlicka, and Public Interest Alberta's Executive Director Bradley Lafortune explore the UCP and the NDP's track record in public education. 
  • Alberta’s wicked continuing-care system must be reformed: In a special re-print from Progress Alberta, freelance journalist Terry Inigo-Jones shares the moving story of his mother's final days in continuing care at the height of the pandemic.
  • Engaging the Heart, the Head and the Hands: Storytelling for Advocates: Public Interest Alberta's Director of Communications Laura Kruse shares how to structure an effective narrative designed to move people on the issues.
  • Our Priorities for Change: Putting Albertans at the Centre of a Positive Vision for Alberta: Public Interest Alberta's Executive Director Bradley Lafortune explores the vital importance of putting forward a vision for an Alberta for all.

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The Advocate - Spring 2020

In this issue: 

  • Why Shandro was spared: A special re-print of an article from The Sprawl, award-winning local journalism in Alberta from University of Calgary professor of political science, Melanee Thomas
  • Recent developments: Insights gained, lessons learned: An overview from Public Interest Alberta President Terry Price on the rapidly shifting realities of life and politics under the pandemic
  • Everything is changing — our taxation system must adapt as well: Joel French, executive director of Public Interest Alberta, outlines the evergreen case for revenue reform in Alberta, especially during this crisis
  • Organizing for the Climate in a Pandemic: Chris Gusen, organizer with Climate Justice Edmonton and Extinction Rebellion, outlines how the struggle for environmental and worker justice continues during the pandemic

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The Advocate - Winter 2020

In this issue:

Seniors Drug Program Under Attack Again: Terry Price and Noel Somerville of the Seniors' Task Force at Public Interest Alberta outline to history of threats against the seniors' drug benefit program, and the victories for advocates and activists in protecting this essential public service.

Cuts to Post-Secondary Education Hurt All Albertans: Sadiya Nazir, Chair of Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS) and Vice-President External for University of Calgary Students' Union, speaks out against the brutal cuts to post-secondary education in Alberta.

The Government's Shameful and Cruel Cuts: What are the effects of budget cuts on our province's most vulnerable? What can we do to fix it?

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The Advocate - Fall 2019

In this issue:

P3s in Education: A Bad Deal for Alberta: Bridget Stirling, Edmonton Public School Board Trustee, explores the history of private-public partnerships in the construction of Canadian K-12 schools, and presents the case for fighting to keep our schools publicly owned and publicly accountable. 

Is it time for a Basic Income Guarantee?: Brian Dodd of Basic Income Calgary outlines what a basic income is and why it could be a solution for the economic barriers faced by many Albertans.

Cuts are Coming: Protecting Our Public Services: What do the Blue Ribbon Panel's recommendations mean for the public services Albertans value and rely on?  

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The Advocate - Spring 2019

In this issue:

Getting Albertans on Board for a #GreenNewDeal: Bronwen Tucker, Prairie Organizer with the Council of Canadians is creating space for discussion of a just transition away from fossil fuels

Alberta Seniors Deserve Better: Staff are overstretched and seniors are underserved. A new campaign from Friends of Medicare and Public Interest Alberta looks for the solutions 

Despite the results in BC, electoral reform is alive and kicking: Peter Adamski from Fair Vote Canada's Edmonton Chapter keeps hope alive to reform the electoral system

Early childhood education must be an election priority for all political parties: Public Interest Alberta's Executive Director Joel French explores what quality child care means for the future of our province

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The Advocate - Fall 2018

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Alberta is Still Riding the Revenue Roller Coaster - Noel Somerville on on how our revenue shortage puts pressure on our public services

Making Post-Secondary Education More Affordable - Shifrah Gadamsetti on how Bill 19 is an incredible win for students across Alberta

Alberta Low Wage Report - Statistics on who benefited the most from the minimum wage increase

The perils of "choice" in public education - Carolyn Blasetti on how exclusivity in education perpetuates classroom inequities

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The Advocate - Summer 2018

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Alberta at the Crossroads - Highlights of our 12th annual advocacy conference

Service Cuts or a Sales Tax? The two stark choices Alberta faces for handling our revenue shortage

On the Road with the Revenue Reno Campaign - Campaign calling for tax reform tours Alberta with public events

The Future is Public - Joel French on making the shift from anti-privatization to pro-public

Annual General Meeting - Public Interest Alberta reflects on another successful year in advocacy work

Looking Backward, Looking Forward - Noel Somerville reflects on 13 years of advocacy work as Seniors Task Force Chair

An Introduction to Terry Price - Meet Public Interest Alberta's newest board member and chair of the Seniors Task Force

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The Advocate - Spring 2018


In this issue:

Revenue Reno - Inside our latest campaign to fix Alberta's revenue shortage to protect our public services

Child Care in Alberta - Donna Staszenski and Joel French on improving Alberta's child care system

Public Funds Diverted to Private Schools - Progress Alberta's Duncan Kinney on eliminating public funding of elite private schools and directing it towards improving Alberta's public school system.

Forward, Not Back - Larry Booi on the classic "fork in the road" choice Albertans face: going forward or going backward.

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The Advocate - Fall 2017


In this issue:

Ending Child Poverty in Alberta: Take action on our latest campaign

Budget Cuts Send Wrong Message: Quinn Benders on post-secondary education at risk with the University of Alberta's recent announcement

Executive director Joel French on the carbon tax

Joel French on Jason Kenney's troubling campaign pledges

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The Advocate - Summer 2017

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Public Interest Alberta Board President Larry Booi recommends important steps to be taken in advocating for a stronger democracy. 

Feature article on the painful truth about residential schools by Terry Inigo-Jones, Seniors Task Force member.

Op-ed by Noel Somerville, Seniors Task Force Chair, on the progress made on seniors’ care. 

Updates on our annual conference and our 2017 AGM, where our Public Interest Awards were presented.

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