Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations Responds to the March 7 Alberta Budget

CCVOThe Government of Alberta announced its 2013/14 budget today, a combination of program freezes and capital borrowing intended to avoid deep cuts and the adoption of any new tax framework. The nonprofit sector has seen the elimination of two relatively small, yet important programs, the Community Spirit Program, which matched annual individual donations raised by organizations, and the Summer Temporary Employment Program, which subsidized salaries for post-secondary summer students. Both of these programs had significant impact on the bottom line, particularly for smaller nonprofit groups. In general, the Province has attempted to maintain funding for essential social services, including modest increases in programs for children with disabilities, and child care for low-income families. However, the majority of the programs will see no increases, and when viewed in the context of inflation and expected population growth of 4.3%, the growing demand for services effectively turns a funding freeze into a reduction in available dollars.

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Social Workers Happy Inequality Recognized by Alberta Government

ACSW logoSocial workers like the direction of the Social Policy Framework released by the Government of Alberta last week, especially the goals of reducing inequality and protecting vulnerable people. Recent reports show the gap between the majority of Albertans and those at the top of the income scale is growing faster than anywhere else in Canada. “Our own Social Policy Framework: Fairness and Justice for All spells out the progressive policies needed to deal with inequities and disparity. I’m glad to see that this has finally been recognized as a serious problem that needs to be dealt with,” said Alberta College of Social Workers President, Bob Johnson. At the same time, social workers are concerned about the possible downloading of services and lack of accountability.

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Heart & Stroke Foundation Partners with CBC to ‘Make Health Last”

heart and strokeCBC and The Heart & Stroke Foundation are thrilled to announce the second year of their media partnership for The Heart & Stroke Foundation’s ‘Make Health Last’ campaign, which kicked off in February. Running until May 31, the initiative is geared towards educating Canadians on the benefits of taking small steps in their daily lives in order to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. As part of the campaign, CBC’s Arlene Dickinson, Ron James and Adam Beach will stand behind the ‘Make Health Last’ message, helping to rally Canadians to take action and encouraging simple changes to minimize their risk and the risk of those closest to them.

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Alberta Emerald Foundation Invites Award Nominations Until February 28, 2013

Emerald AwardsThe Emerald Awards recognize and reward the excellent environmental initiatives undertaken each year by youth, educators, corporations, individuals, not-for-profit associations, community groups and governments. Nominations for the 22nd Annual Emerald Awards are now open until 12noon on Thursday, February 28, 2013.  Once nominations close at the end of February each year, a panel of knowledgeable judges, with cross-sectoral experience, carry out an independent evaluation  based on criteria outlined in the nominations package.  Each judge evaluates every nomination and the panel meets for final deliberations in April.

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Nominate a Distinguished Artist for a Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards

Alberta Arts AwardsNominations are open for the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards. Albertans are encouraged to nominate the artist or group of artists who exemplify excellence and have had significant impact on Alberta’s cultural scene. Eligible artists may work in visual, performing, literary, cinematic or other artistic media, including architecture or design. Nominations must be received by February 15, 2013. Adjudicators will choose up to three recipients for a $30,000 award, a handcrafted medal, and the opportunity for a residency at The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony. Recipients will be announced in May and receive this distinction from the awards patron, His Honour, Colonel (Retired) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta at a gala dinner in Red Deer, June 15, 2013. The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards is one of Canada’s most prestigious independent arts awards programs, designed to raise the profile of arts in Alberta. The awards are made possible through a donor-funded endowment.

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