ICYMI: News From Progress Alberta
Being a politician is hard. Sometimes a bunch of people dressed up as bikers with matching hoodies, patches, rockers, t-shirts and hats all RSVP and show up to your political party's pub night, and you're like, Soldiers of Odin? Whoever could these folks be?
Universal and freely accessible--that is, truly public transit--could be reality in Edmonton if we speak up.
(This is an email from a front line worker in the service industry who wants to tell her personal story about why we need to stop the practice of house tipping. Minor edits have been made for clarity and to anonymize her)
If you’ve been looking at the Alberta Party as a home for centre-left voters, you need to know about their recent right-wing shift.
Progress Alberta is urging the government of Alberta to carefully consider the recently released Edmonton Police Commission report on street checks as it conducts its own consultation on street check policies across the province.
Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal saviour? Will you choose friends who will help you follow God’s Word? Do you agree to keep yourself pure by not entertaining yourself with music, TV or movies that are morally improper or present behaviour that violates God’s Word?
Such questions might not be the first thing you’d expect on an application for a tiny K-12 private school. But they’re only a small selection from the bizarre 11-page application for Calgary’s Eastside Christian Academy.
One of the most popular arguments made by private school proponents in response to campaigns like ours is that private schools are actually “saving the government money.”
Here’s the supposed logic: private schools receive 70 per cent of the per-student funding the public, separate and Francophone schools do. The remaining 30 per cent—and any extras—come directly from the parents. And private schools don’t receive funding for capital projects.
But there’s one part they never tell you.
A new poll from Environics on the issue of publicly funding private schools shows widespread support and positive momentum for defunding elite private schools and shifting funding to the public education system.
There are 182 private schools in Alberta. But only 17 of those are what we describe as “elite” private schools — charging over $10,000 per year in annual tuition. There’s broad public support for defunding private schools in general -- but it’s the “Sweet Seventeen” elites that we should start with.