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alberta budget 2013

If there was ever a place that was the "anti-Greece" when it comes to public finances, it must be Alberta. Compare Alberta to many places around the world, be it European fiscal disasters, or even nearer to home, and in most decades, Alberta shines in comparison.
In early January of this year, I met Glenda Zamzow at a book signing in Calgary. A week later, after having read my book she contacted me. Glenda told me that she had been inspired by my story, which led her to organize a family meeting with her husband Richard and sons 11 year old Derek and 14 year old Marcus. As Glenda told me "I really felt we should do something - we've been given such great opportunities. You always hear people say 'Just pull yourself up by the bootstraps.' But disadvantaged kids, they don't have boot straps. If it were me, I'd want someone to advocate for me".
Alberta Premier Alison Redford has hit a new low. What's next, kicking puppies?
The University of Calgary will accept 200 fewer students in the Faculty of Arts this fall as a result of provincial budget
The provincial government makes cuts in education funding and the universities of Alberta decide on a plan on how to recover their losses. Could we see strikes in Alberta similar to the ones Quebec had last year?
EDMONTON — Alberta’s fiscal situation has been improving recently, but that doesn’t mean the provincial government is set
Most Albertans do not believe the so-called "bitumen bubble" is the prime source of the province's financial woes, according
What sort of society do we want to live in? That's the fundamental question Albertans should ask ourselves after the Redford government's cutbacks to post-secondary education resulted in Mount Royal University cutting several diploma programs, one third of nursing spots, an engineering transfer program, disability studies and performing arts programs.
In the recent Alberta budget, millions of dollars were devoted to funding private education, even though there appears to be very little public support for this... A majority of Albertans surveyed said that they did not support spending public dollars on private education. Why does the provincial government continue to transfer public dollars to private education without a clear mandate to do so?
So you can imagine my dismay when I heard the news that MRU is considering cutting some of the very programs that this venue was designed to support--and without apparent consultation with the community. These programs are critical for the development of Calgary's cultural offerings and eliminating them severely inhibits our ability to attract the best and brightest to our city from around the world. I also hope that other potential donors will not be put off by the possibility that the intent of their generosity may be lost to provincial politics.