Alberta Council for Global Cooperation Call for Nominations for the Top 30 Under 30 Magazine

Alberta Council for Global CooperationYoung people in Alberta and around the world are demanding change on poverty, inequality and climate change – demanding change and making change happen in their communities, countries, and globally! The Alberta Council for Global Cooperation’s Top 30 Under 30 Magazine is dedicated to highlighting some of the extraordinary young people who are working towards a just and sustainable future for everyone. ACGC wants to find these youth and share their stories with all Albertans. This year’s theme is “Transforming our world: How youth are working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.” Nominees to the Top 30 Under 30 magazine whose efforts contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are being specifically sought. 

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Pathway to Change: the Alberta College of Social Workers Supports the Alberta Government’s Investments for Low-income Families

No-Change-ReportThe Alberta College of Social Workers supports the announcement by the Minister of Human Services on November 10, 2015 to extend benefits to families living in poverty. Both the Alberta Child Benefit and enhanced Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit mark important shifts in this province to see real change for families and children who face the realities of poverty on a daily basis. This shift marks a continued commitment to Alberta’s common good and aligns with Alberta College of Social Workers’ values.  In the “No Change Report” released by Alberta College of Social Workers, Public Interest Alberta, and Edmonton Social Planning Council in November 2014, provincial changes needed to eliminate child poverty in Alberta are outlined in the report:

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Alberta College of Social Workers’ Response to 2015 – 2016 Provincial Budget

ACSW logoThe Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) is encouraged by the budget announcement. At a time when economic circumstances are challenging for many Albertans, the government has chosen to strengthen the common good by investing in our future. No doubt, there will be those who call for reductions in spending and borrowing, however considering the decades long accumulation of cuts, we applaud the commitment to invest in healthcare, education and human services. We welcome the commitment to sustainable, predicable funding for public services. We are heartened to learn about the increased focus on prevention through the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) program, new annual funding for women’s shelters, the funding increase in Aboriginal education and future supports to health and long-term care. We see the availability of the job creation incentive to the non-profit sectors as a positive direction and the increased funding in community economic development initiatives.

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Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations’ Response to the Alberta’s Provincial Budget

CCVO Today’s provincial budget reflects priorities outlined in the NDP election platform and demonstrates the government’s commitment to preserving public programs and services. CCVO President and CEO Katherine van Kooy notes that “the priorities laid out in this budget reflect an understanding of the importance of maintaining community services during times of economic hardship and strengthening programs for Alberta’s most vulnerable.” Today’s budget includes $49.9 billion in expenses and forecasts an operational deficit of $6.1 billion. The realities of continued low oil prices and a commitment to a balanced budget by 2019-20 mean that tough choices may be reflected in future budgets. The budget identifies expected cost savings to the tune of $550 million in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 budgets from, as yet to be determined, “lower priority” Government of Alberta programs.

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Alberta Government Disengagement in Alberta’s Oil Sands Risks 3 Billion Capital Investment, 20-30% of Provincial Revenues and 7% of National GDP

InvestmentThree Fort McMurray organizations – the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce, Fort McMurray Real Estate Board and UDI-Wood Buffalo – today released a report that examines the persistent socio-economic impacts of rapid oil sands development that constrain provincial revenues, thwart the ability of Fort McMurray to continue to host the oil sands, and undermine responsible oil sands development. “Albertans know how important the oil sands are to our economy,” said Nick Sanders, President of the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce. “Even during these uncertain times, oil sands royalties alone account for 20 to 30 percent of government revenues. But oil sands development is not an abstract economic pursuit that occurs only in Alberta’s hinterlands. There are 80,000 residents of Fort McMurray for whom that development is on their doorstep and on whom orderly, responsible development relies.

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