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Calling on all Albertans to help shape health care

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All Albertans are encouraged to participate in an online survey on the refocusing of Alberta’s health care system.

All Albertans are encouraged to participate in an online survey on the refocusing of Alberta’s health care system.

Alberta’s government is refocusing the health care system to improve health outcomes for Albertans and empower health care workers to deliver quality care across the province.

Engaging with health care workers and Albertans, and listening to the input of patients, families and caregivers remains a top priority for Alberta’s government throughout this refocusing process.

As a next step, Albertans are encouraged to share their thoughts through an online survey to gather deeper insights into the challenges, obstacles and successes experienced by both health care staff and Albertans within the current health care system.

“We’ve heard loud and clear that the issues in the health care system need to be addressed. Input from health care professionals, patients and every Albertan is vital in creating a refocused health care system that provides Albertans timely and accessible care. The ideas, solutions and first-hand experiences shared by those on the front lines are invaluable.”

Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Health

To date, more than 8,000 doctors, nurses and health care professionals have participated in the initial round of engagement sessions. Between Nov. 9 and Nov. 17, Alberta’s government hosted five separate telephone town hall sessions with Alberta Health Services staff and mental health and addiction service providers. Front-line staff asked more than 140 questions, mostly around continuity of patient care during the transition and beyond. Alberta’s government is committed to ensuring a smooth transition and putting systems in place to help support front-line service delivery throughout the refocusing.

“Refocusing Alberta’s health care means a greater focus on mental health and addiction. We believe that every Albertan deserves an opportunity to pursue recovery. The feedback of Albertans and our community partners will be critically important in making this possible.”

Dan Williams, Minister of Mental Health and Addiction

“As we refocus Alberta’s health care system, it is critically important that we speak directly with the individuals who care directly for Albertans. These town halls will help us stay focused on our goal: to move to a modern, more responsive and effective health care system.”

Jason Nixon, Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services

More information sessions and town halls, both in person and online, will be announced in the coming weeks and months.

Quick facts

  • Five town halls were held: one on Nov. 9, two on Nov. 14, one on Nov. 15 and another on Nov. 17.
  • Three were available to all Alberta Health Services staff, while two were specific for mental health and addiction-focused staff and community partners.
  • There were approximately 8,330 participants.
  • Recordings of the town halls are available online.

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This is a news release from the Government of Alberta.

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Indigenous-owned LNG projects in jeopardy with proposed emissions cap, leaders warn

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Indigenous leaders meet with Japan’s ambassador to Canada Kanji Yamanouchi. Photo courtesy Energy for a Secure Future

From the Canadian Energy Centre

By Cody Ciona

‘It’s like we’re finally at the table and we’re having to fight to keep our seat at the table’

A proposed cap on oil and gas emissions will threaten opportunities for Indigenous communities to bring cleaner alternatives to coal to international markets, Indigenous leaders warned during a recent webinar. 

Karen Ogen, CEO of the First Nations LNG Alliance, fears Indigenous-led projects like Cedar LNG and Ksi Lisims LNG are threatened by the cap, which is essentially a cap on production. 

“If we’re going to help China and India get off of coal and help reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, it makes common sense for us to be selling our LNG to Asia and to other countries. To put a cap on, it would just stop us from doing that,” Ogen said. 

“It’s like we’re finally at the table and we’re having to fight to keep our seat at the table.” 

Indigenous communities across Canada have increasingly become involved in oil and gas projects to secure economic prosperity and reduce on-reserve poverty. 

Since 2022, more than 75 First Nations and Metis communities have entered ownership agreements across western Canada. Among those are key projects like the Coastal GasLink pipeline and the joint investment of 23 communities to obtain a 12 per cent ownership stake in several oil sands pipelines. 

The planned federal emissions cap will stall progress toward economic reconciliation, Ogen said. 

“Our leaders did not accept this and fought hard to have rights and titles recognized,” she said. 

“These rights were won through persistence and determination. It’s been a long journey, but we are finally at the table with more control over our destiny.” 

Chris Sankey, CEO of Blackfish Enterprises and a former elected councillor for the Lax Kw’alaams Band in B.C., said the proposed emissions cap could stifle Indigenous communities pushing for poverty reduction. 

“We’re working hard to try to get our people out of poverty. All [the emissions cap is] doing is pushing them further into debt and further into poverty,” he said. 

“When oil and gas is doing well, our people do well.” 

Together, the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion, LNG Canada project and Coastal GasLink pipeline have spent more than $10 billion in contracts with Indigenous and local businesses

Indigenous employment in the oil and gas industry has also increased by more than 20 per cent since 2014. 

For Stephen Buffalo, CEO of the Indian Resource Council, an emissions cap feels like a step in the wrong direction after years of action to become true economic partners is finally making headway. 

“Being a participant in the natural resource sector and making true partnerships, has been beneficial for First Nations,” he said. 

“So, when you see a government trying to attack this industry in that regard, it is very disheartening.” 

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Taxpayers Federation hoping for personal tax relief in Alberta budget

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From the Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Albertans need income tax relief now

Author: Kris Sims 

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is calling on the Alberta government to stick to its promise of cutting its income tax in tomorrow’s provincial budget.

“Cutting the provincial income tax was a huge campaign promise from the UCP and it needs to happen right away,” said Kris Sims, CTF Alberta Director. “Finance Minister Nate Horner should announce this income tax cut in the budget tomorrow.”

The provincial budget will be presented Feb. 29.

During the 2023, election the UCP promised to create a lower income tax bracket for the first $59,000 of earnings, charging eight per cent instead of the current 10 per cent.

The UCP said that move would save Albertans earning $60,000 or more about $760 per year.

The Alberta government currently charges workers who make under $142,292 per year a 10 per cent income tax rate.

By comparison, British Columbia charges an income tax of five per cent on the first $45,654 of earnings and seven per cent up to $91,310.

In B.C., a worker earning $100,000 pays about $5,857 in provincial income tax.

In Alberta that same worker pays about $7,424 in provincial income tax.

“Taxpayers need to see a balanced budget, spending restraint and our promised lower income taxes in this budget,” said Sims.

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