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Alberta workers ignored during COVID-19 crisis

Recent measures announced by the provincial government are not designed to help workers. Very few workers will benefit from them.

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Lethbridge has the highest rent as a percentage of monthly income in Alberta

I recently tracked down stats for the average cost of a 1-bedroom apartment in 6 Alberta cities: Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, and Red Deer. 1 bedroom rent Avg monthly wage Median monthly wage Rent as % of avg wage Lethbridge $923.00 $3,733.75 $3,000.58 24.72% Edmonton $1,014.00 $4,566.75 $3,589.08 22.20% Red Deer $983.00 $4,428.25 […]

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My response to the SCS review

In March 2020, the Supervised Consumption Sites Review Committee released the results of their review. This is my response to that review.

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Alberta lost 52,600 full-time jobs since July 2019

Full-time jobs are up by 3,300. This seems like good news, but there are a few things to keep in mind.

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Alberta is not maintaining healthcare spending

The health minister is trying to suggest that Alberta is maintaining spending, assuaging fears that they’re making spending cuts to healthcare.

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Alberta lost 34,200 private sector jobs in January

I finally had a chance to look through the January Labour Market Notes regarding the labour market in Alberta, which, incidentally, is titled, “Weak start to 2020”.

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Alberta spends too little on healthcare salaries

There were fewer front-line staff serving a larger provincial population. And they made less last year than they did the year before.

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Jason Kenney spending over $650K more on staff than Notley did in her first year

Jason Kenney has 19 political staffers who make over $100,000 a year. The highest makes over $224,000, which works out to nearly $20,000 a month. The lowest paid of those 19 makes over $114,000; that’s nearly $10,000 a month. Title Annual salary Principal Secretary $224,137.94 Executive Assistant to the Premier $114,559.38 Premier’s Speechwriter $149,425.38 Caucus […]

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The problem with performance-based funding

In January, the provincial government announced that they would be moving towards performance-based funding for post-secondary institutions.

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4 takeaways from the new SCS study

The study blew up on social media, with traditional media framing it as crime and “social disorder” being on the rise since the SCS opened. However, there are a couple of findings that I thought were important to highlight.