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No post-secondary surprises in NDP budget

By Fabian Mayer, October 27 2015 — There were few post-secondary changes or announcements in the provincial budget released Oct. 27. The NDP government re-announced the two-year tuition freeze and its restoration of post-secondary funding. Both policies were first revealed in the government’s interim supply bill this summer. Romy Garrido is the University of Calgary…

Lower pass rate for new nursing exam stirs up controversy

By Fabian Mayer, September 11 2015 — Fewer University of Calgary nursing graduates are passing the test required to become a registered nurse. Pass rates in Alberta dropped from 89 per cent last year to 68.7 per cent in the first half of 2015 after regulators switched to a different exam. The new computer-administered exam,…

Anti-LGBTQ artists headline Edmonton Reggae Festival

By Fabian Mayer, July 7 2015 — All three acts set to headline the Edmonton Reggae Festival are known for incorporating homophobic remarks or lyrics into their performances. Queen Ifrica, Capleton and I Wayne have all made homophobic comments or performed songs encouraging violence against the LGBTQ community. Queen Ifrica made statements praising heterosexual marriage…

University welcomes NDP funding promises

By Fabian Mayer, June 18 2015 — The NDP government delivered its first speech from the throne on June 15. The speech laid out the government’s plans to eliminate political donations from unions and corporations, raise taxes and restore funding to healthcare and education. Post-secondary education was mentioned once in the speech read in the…

Student employment to benefit from STEP reintroduction

By Fabian Mayer, June 4 2015 — Among the myriad of campaign promises made by the New Democratic Party in last month’s provincial election, bringing back the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) went largely unnoticed. But STEP may be the campaign promise with the biggest impact on students. The program incentivizes employers to hire summer…

NDP have a chance to protect our environment

By Sean Willett, June 4 2015 — Electing our first new government in decades means there will be changes — in education, our economy and even our province’s public image. But few are asking what our new government may mean for one of our most important resources — the environment. The list of ecological issues facing…

We need a higher minimum wage

During the election, the Alberta New Democratic Party (NDP) promised to raise the provincial minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018. The NDP took control of the legislature from the Tories on May 5, and new Premier Rachel Notley says the party plans to follow through with its campaign promise. Although the proposed change…

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