News en Apocalyptic crisis budgeting <p><strong>Op-Ed printed in the Toronto Star<br />August 12, 2011</strong></p> <p>By Edmund Pries</p> Issues _ solutions News Wed, 24 Aug 2011 17:59:17 +0000 234 at Please tax us, French super-rich tell government <p>Globe _amp; Mail</p> <p>PARIS— Reuters</p> <p>Some of France’s richest people, including the billionaire heiress of L’Oreal SA and the head of oil major Total SA, urged the government to tax them more to help solve the country’s financial problems.</p> <p>In a petition published on the website of weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observateur on Tuesday, 16 company executives, business leaders and super-rich individuals called for the creation of a “special contribution” that would target wealth without forcing the rich to quit France for overseas tax havens.</p> Issues _ solutions News Tue, 23 Aug 2011 17:10:41 +0000 233 at Stop Coddling the Super-Rich <p><strong>Op-Ed printed in the New York Times</strong><br /><strong>August 15, 2011</strong></p> <p>By Warren E. Buffett</p> <p>OUR leaders have asked for “shared sacrifice.” But when they did the asking, they spared me. I checked with my mega-rich friends to learn what pain they were expecting. They, too, were left untouched.</p> Issues _ solutions News Tue, 16 Aug 2011 23:49:19 +0000 232 at Tory candidates gang up on Stelmach over school cuts <p>By Darcy Henton, Calgary Herald; Postmedia News</p> <p>Many of the candidates running for the Progressive Conservative party leadership are putting the blame for this fall's anticipated teacher layoffs on their own provincial government.</p> <p>They say the Stelmach government didn't play fairly with school boards when it negotiated a long-term contract for teacher salaries and failed to provide the necessary funding to cover it.</p> <p>"The bottom line is you have to live up to your agreements," said Rick Orman, a former Getty-era cabinet minister.</p> In the News K-12 Education Mon, 18 Jul 2011 17:03:27 +0000 229 at Stelmach's drilling push cost taxpayers $2.9B <h2>Labour group seeks probe into 'misuse' of funds</h2> <p>By Darcy Henton, Calgary Herald</p> <p>Ed Stelmach's program to stimulate drilling during the recession cost taxpayers $2.9 billion and failed to create promised jobs, new wells or new investment in the oilpatch, says the Alberta Federation of Labour.</p> <p>AFL president Gil McGowan said Friday the program merely padded the profits of oil and gas companies while depleting the treasury of revenue that could have been used to fund health care and education.</p> Issues _ solutions In the News Sat, 16 Jul 2011 17:22:54 +0000 230 at Lower deficit spurs call to save teaching jobs <h2>Province spent $1B more than budgeted on stimulus for oil and gas drilling, report shows</h2> <p>By Karen Kleiss, Edmonton Journal</p> <p>The provincial government announced Wednesday it cut the deficit by $1.3 billion to $3.4 billion in 2010-11, prompting opposition calls to replace the $100 million in education cuts that have forced hundreds of teacher layoffs in Edmonton and across Alberta.</p> <p>Budget shortfalls have forced Edmonton's Catholic school board to cut 184 full-time jobs this month, including 97 teachers, while Edmonton Public Schools could cut up to 186 full-time jobs.</p> In the News K-12 Education Thu, 30 Jun 2011 21:57:06 +0000 227 at 97 teachers cut on last day of school <p>By Ryan Cormier, Edmonton Journal</p> <p>EDMONTON — On the last day of school for many of it students, the Edmonton Catholic school board made its planned cuts for next year official.</p> <p>The board passed its final budget Tuesday, which includes 97 fewer teaching positions. As well, 63 support staff and 24 custodial positions were cut. Those numbers are unchanged from the board’s draft budget introduced two weeks ago.</p> <p>Members of the board reiterated their disgust with provincial cuts.</p> In the News K-12 Education Wed, 29 Jun 2011 18:09:46 +0000 226 at Edmonton Joins Together to fight cuts to vital public services <p><strong>Media Release<br />June 23, 2011</strong></p> <h2>Join Together Alberta holds Edmonton Town Hall to save education, health and social services</h2> <p>EDMONTON - <strong>Join Together Alberta</strong> (JTA) is holding a town hall meeting tonight in Edmonton to challenge cuts to education, health care, and other vital public services, and to address the real issue: Alberta’s broken taxation and royalty system. This is the final town hall meeting of a seven-city province-wide tour where we have met with many Albertans to discuss these cuts and their consequences.</p> About the campaign Issues _ solutions News Democracy Healthcare Childcare Post-Secondary Education K-12 Education Thu, 23 Jun 2011 16:44:57 +0000 224 at Town hall meeting addresses public funding <p>By Shirley Lin, Fort McMurray Today</p> <p>Alberta has a revenue problem that's leading government to cut spending in public services, and that needs to change.</p> <p>That was the message Public Interest Alberta members conveyed to the small crowd at Waterways' Legion last night. The advocacy group is launching a campaign Join Together Alberta hosting town halls in Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Grand Prairie, Calgary, Lethbridge, Fort McMurray and Edmonton.</p> About the campaign In the News Post-Secondary Education K-12 Education Seniors Wed, 22 Jun 2011 17:41:15 +0000 225 at Society cannot afford special-needs cutbacks <p>Letter to the Editor, printed in the Edmonton Journal</p> <p>I write this letter in hope of being the voice that tips the scale.</p> <p>Vital Alberta early childhood education programs are facing many cutbacks, including the hours of operation.</p> <p>As a parent of a special-needs child, I sincerely protest this injustice.</p> Persons with developmental disabilities (PDD) In the News K-12 Education Mon, 20 Jun 2011 20:22:05 +0000 223 at