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$68M for continuing care pandemic funding isn’t enough

This week, the Alberta government announced pandemic funding for continuing care. It’s 36% less than what it should be.

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UCP raised health spending by 2.4% for COVID-19, after slashing it by 5.2%

The UCP government recently increased the health budget by $500 million in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This sounds impressive, but context reveals more about that increase.

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Blame capitalism, not carpooling, for the Cargill COVID-19 outbreak

Implying that carpooling is responsible for the outbreak is a way for Cargill to move blame for the outbreak away from the company and onto the workers.

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A list of Alberta communities losing doctor care

According to the AMA, 400 clinics in Alberta are laying off support staff or considering closing. Here are some of them.

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Alberta donated millions of masks; workers here got poor quality ones

On 11 April 2020, the Government of Alberta announced that they’d be sending millions of masks to BC, Ontario & Québec. Now, healthcare workers say they’re left with poor quality masks.

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Lethbridge City Council spent $172K on travel 2017–2019

The City of Lethbridge recently published city council travel expenses. I collected and graphed the data for the last 3 years.

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New board announced for Agriculture Financial Services Corporation

Earlier this week, the provincial government announced new appointments to the board of directors for the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation:

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Alberta still $18M short on wildfire fighting budget

Alberta announced that they’ll spend $5 million to hire 200 firefighters this wildfire season. But they just cut their budget by $23M.

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Travis Toews lets himself lend $1.25B to oil refinery

Did you know that Keystone XL isn’t the only oil and gas project that the UCP government plans to spend over $1 billion on?

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Alberta pledges $2.99 per meal for food banks

Last week, Alberta announced $5 million to “support food banks and community organizations in their food supply efforts”. This sounds like a lot, but we must keep it in context.