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What Whitney Issik left out about women workers

Alberta’s associate minister of the status of women was praising employment data for women workers in the province last week, but she left out a few details.

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Alberta has largest unemployment rate in Western Canada

Alberta had the highest unemployment rate outside of Atlantic Canada in December 2021

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Record number of drug responses for Lethbridge EMS in 2021

This was driven by the third quarter, which saw EMS responding to more opioid-related events than in any other third quarter since 2018. Actually, than any other quarter since 2018.

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Alberta lost 8,500 people to other provinces since UCP elected

Since the UCP were elected in the spring of 2019, Alberta has seen 166,472 people move here from other provinces. However, 174,962 people left here for other provinces during the same period.

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Increasing wages in Alberta doesn’t lead to higher inflation

Or more specifically, there is far more at play regarding inflation than just wages.

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Canada completed 3 of TRC’s 94 calls to action in 2021

This brings the total to 11 completed calls to action since the TRC released their report in 2015. That’s fewer than 2 a year.

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Did the NDP actually destroy Alberta’s oil & gas sector?

It seems as though I can’t go anywhere online lately without someone complaining that the NDP shut down the oil and gas sector in Alberta. But how true is that claim?

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The top 10 stories of 2021

The 10 news stories I wrote this year that saw the most page views.

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What Jack Mintz left out while cheerleading Alberta’s economy

University of Calgary economist Jack Mintz is at it again, posing as a newspaper columnist in a right-wing rag, while parroting neoliberal talking points to prop up out-of-context data.

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Alberta’s gender wage gap highest in Canada

Employment statistics recently released by Stats Canada showed that Alberta men made nearly $6 more an hour than women in November 2021.