PUBLIC INTEREST ALBERTA We knew the budget would be bad news for public services, but this is something else:

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How low can the UCP go?

The provincial government’s allegiances are clear. They stand with corporations and the wealthy at the expense of the rest of us. From kicking 46,000 dependants off of the Seniors’ Drug Program, to ending the rental-supplement program, to underfunding already-overcrowded women’s shelters, to potentially closing safe injection sites that have saved thousands of lives, we are continually shocked and disgusted by these cruel and shameful cuts to public services.

Our public services are vital to the most vulnerable and deserve to be strengthened, not cut. We must stand together to protect our public services. Will you join us?

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The government has launched an all-out assault on our public services, with major impacts on seniors and their families. That’s why Friends of MedicarePublic Interest Alberta, and our allies are chartering THE PEOPLE’S BUS on February 12 with stops in Edmonton, Red Deer, and Calgary. We are going to the constituencies of both the Minister of Health and the Minister of Seniors & Housing to make our voices heard! Register here to ride with us →

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In Alberta, 1 in 6 children live below the poverty line. This is unconscionable in such a wealthy country and province — child poverty is a moral obligation for all of us to end. 

We teamed up with the Edmonton Social Planning Council and the Alberta College of Social Workers to produce a report called “Invest in Families: Ending Child Poverty is Good for All” which focuses on the impacts of poverty on the development of children, and its wide-ranging detrimental effects, including issues affecting mental health, educational attainment, employment, and housing throughout their lives up to adulthood. The report demonstrates that investment into Alberta’s families, including child benefits, nutrition programs, affordable housing, and subsidized, quality child care, are the key to ending the cycles of poverty that end up blocking children from living lives of dignity where they’re able to thrive. Read more and see media coverage of the report →

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New post-secondary funding model means red tape expansion and more cuts

The Alberta government has announced new “outcome-based” funding for post-secondary institutions on the first day of what it has declared “Red Tape Reduction Awareness Week.”

“There is an astounding amount of irony in the government announcing the creation of a massive amount of red tape for the funding of post-secondary institutions at the same time they declare Red Tape Reduction Awareness Week,” said Joel French, Executive Director of Public Interest Alberta. “Much of the so-called red tape they are removing is taking away protections for Albertans related to safety and the public interest, but this announcement is really creating new barriers for post-secondary institutions to get the funding they need.” Read the press release →

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New Issue of The Advocate

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?

Download the PDF

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New Report from Parkland Institute

Debate about establishing a basic income guarantee has moved to the forefront in recent discussions of income policy in Canada and in many places around the world. The “basic income debate” is not simply between those who oppose and those who support establishing basic income policies. The conversation involves much more complex analyses of poverty, the changing nature of work and, more broadly, the actions needed to change fundamental directions in social and economic policy for the public good. As such, theidea of a basic or guaranteed income simultaneously promises and challenges progressive reimaginings of our economic status quo. Read the report →

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United Nurses of Alberta Local 301 is organizing an information picket outside the University of Alberta Hospital on January 24, 2020, from 1130-1:30pm.

Send a message to the Alberta government that UNA members will fight back against nurse layoffs and cuts to public services!

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Mental Health First Aid Training, Feb 28 – March 1

St. Mary’s University, Calgary

MHFA Basic is intended for adults interacting with adults (18 years and older). This course focuses on the four most common mental health disorders including substance-related, mood-related, anxiety and trauma-related, and psychotic disorders. Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with their family, friends, communities, and workplaces.

The course focuses on 1) mental health and stigma, 2) Signs and symptoms, 3) Effective Intervention, 3) Resources and Supports.

Participants will receive a certificate in mental health first aid at the end of the course and they are required to attend all three sessions. More information and register →