News - Alberta

May 31, 2013
Calgary city council has approved the aim of the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative (CPRI) to reduce the number of people in Calgary living in poverty so that 95% of people are above the poverty...
Keywords: Alberta, Government Policy, Poverty Research
April 17, 2012
As Alberta gears up for a provincial election, parties are promising various ways to reduce poverty. The Edmonton Social Planning Council plans to occasionally analyze social policy commitments of...
Keywords: Alberta, Government Policy, Poverty Research
February 9, 2012
The Older Adult Knowledge Network (Oaknet) is a website of the Legal Resource Centre of Alberta. It has information on how Canadian law protects and affects older adults including information on...
Keywords: Alberta, Legal Assistance, Legal Info (PLEI), Seniors and Elders, All of Canada
October 13, 2011
A group of B.C. lawyers providing duty counsel services have announced their plan to disrupt the system through a refusal to provide services. They will target the beginning of 2012 to stop serving...
Keywords: Alberta, Legal Aid, Prisoners' Rights, British Columbia
June 17, 2011
The Statistics Canada data on the number of Albertans whose income falls below the Market Basket Measure of low income was released June 15th, 2011. The Edmonton Social Planning Council news release...
Keywords: Alberta, Housing, Poverty Research, Workers' Rights
January 12, 2011
The Legal Resource Centre is pleased to announce the launch of LawNet (formerly ACJNet), three web portals that will help you find the legal-related information you need: LawNet Alberta, LawNet...
Keywords: Alberta, Legal Info (PLEI), All of Canada
November 18, 2010
Mary-Ellen Proctor, the executive director of Fort McMurry's only women's shelter, started a hunger strike to push the government to fund more beds for women fleeing abuse in the oil field town. More...
Keywords: Alberta, Violence, Women
August 17, 2010
In the town at the heart of the oil sands, the women's transition house is struggling to house women fleeing abuse. This year the transition house was forced to turn over 400 women and their children...
Keywords: Alberta, Violence, Women
August 17, 2010
The number of people finding housing under Edmonton's 10-year plan to end homelessness is twice as high as expected — but some are worried those people are rapidly being replaced on the streets. 900...
Keywords: Alberta, Homelessness
July 22, 2010
Stephen Gaetz talks about the Alberta government's new plan to discourage people from giving money to panhandlers and give to agencies instead. He argues that "this kind of thinking represents policy...
Keywords: Alberta, Housing, Mental Health, Panhandling, Poorbashing, Welfare, All of Canada
December 2, 2009
On November 24th, the ESPC - in partnership with Public Interest Alberta & the Bissell Centre - released a new report on poverty in Alberta, titled We Must Do Better: It's Time to Make Alberta...
Keywords: Alberta, Poverty Research
March 21, 2009
With increasing homelessness due to a lack of affordable housing and the downturn in the economy, the Government of Alberta has endorsed a ten year plan to end homelessness. According to the...
Keywords: Alberta, Homelessness
March 16, 2009
The City of Calgary has tentatively agreed to a guaranteed "living wage" for its part-time and full-time employees but it won't extend the guarantee to on-call and casual workers, the only ones who...
Keywords: Alberta, Workers' Rights
January 27, 2009
Last week, a memorial service in Edmonton honoured the forty-seven homeless people who had died over the last year. This was the fourth annual event to honour the lives and remember the deaths of...
Keywords: Alberta, Homelessness, Nova Scotia, Ontario
November 22, 2008
The Edmonton Social Planning Council released a report that shows 1 in 10 children in Alberta live in poverty and this increases to 1 in 8 children in Calgary, 1 in 6 in Edmonton. Children with lone...
Keywords: Alberta, Children and Youth, Poverty Research
November 22, 2007
Portraits of Edmonton's Inner City (Video) is a audio slide show of people living in poverty in Edmonton, one of Canada's richest cities. The photographer, Pieter de Vos says it is an attempt to...
Keywords: Alberta, Art and Culture, Homelessness
September 19, 2007
Edmonton, along with the rest of Alberta is facing a serious affordable housing crisis. In the spring, some homeless residents started up a tent city due to the lack of affordable housing. Throughout...
Keywords: Alberta, Homelessness
July 11, 2007
Employment, Immigration and Industry is responsible for immigration policy, settlement programs, language training programs and federal/provincial relations and agreements related to immigration.
Keywords: Alberta, Immigrants and Refugees
February 18, 2007
The government of Alberta has created a Alberta Affordable Housing Task Force to look at solutions to homelessness and rent subsidies. The task force is going to travel across the province and visit...
Keywords: Alberta, Homelessness, Housing
July 14, 2006
Many families are moving to Calgary to take part in the city's economic boom. However, although many of these people could be easily employed, they cannot find anywhere to live. The city wasn't...
Keywords: Alberta, Housing