The law? That's for workers, not owners

COVID-19 has already killed 103 residents of continuing care facilities across Alberta, and hundreds of workers and residents have tested positive for the virus. In response Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the chief medical officer of health, issued a number of orders meant to protect workers and residents from the spread of the virus--but some employers are apparently choosing to ignore them.

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LAPP protected themselves from AIMCo’s $2.1 billion loss with downside protection plan done over AIMCo’s wishes

As the investigation by outsiders into the Alberta Investment Management Corporation or AIMCo’s $2.1 billion loss on an exotic volatility-based strategy continues other details are trickling out. Notably that AIMCo’s biggest client, the Local Authorities Pension Plan or LAPP had a downside protection plan independent of AIMCo that actually made money while its pension fund manager was losing it. 

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Health care aides still haven't gotten their $2 an hour raise

More than a month has passed since Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro promised the government would pay the province’s health care aides a $2-per-hour coronavirus-crisis top-up — and there’s still no sign of the money.

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What to do when your landlord wants to evict you during a pandemic

If you’re having trouble paying your rent, you’re not alone. COVID-19 has stuck Alberta with the highest unemployment rate highest of any province in Canada. Alberta is very slowly re-opening its economy and coming out of lockdown but that doesn’t mean that you have a job or that it’s any easier to pay your rent. 

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Race to the bottom in long-term care

Government announces long-term-care bailout--but will workers get any of it?

The UCP government has announced $14.2 million in additional monthly funding for long-term and senior care until the end of the pandemic. But will that money go to paying for workers, or just lining private operators’ pockets?

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Progress Report Pod #37: Manitok. Meatpacking. Postmedia. Manifesto

We have friend of the pod Jeremy Appel on to talk about how his latest story for the Progress Report, The Manitok Manoeuvre, as well as the Sprawl getting shutout of the media bailout, the Herald caring more about "big beef days" than dead meatpacking workers and the Progress Report's transition to a full-time media organization. 

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AER denies sale of Shell Canada's sour gas assets to Pieridae Energy over environmental liability concerns

A May 13 decision by the Alberta Energy Regulator has blocked the $190 million sale of Shell Canada's sour gas wells, pipelines and processing facilities to Pieridae Energy due to environmental liability reasons. 

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How to get away with dumping your orphan wells on the public

The case of Manitok Energy shows just how easy the Alberta Energy Regulator makes it for oil and gas executives to dump their environmental liabilities onto the Alberta public.

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Cargill broke OHS rules and locked worker reps out of COVID-19 investigation

Management at the Cargill meat packing plant in High River violated the Occupational Health and Safety Act by shutting workers out of the investigation into the plant's coronavirus outbreak, according to documents provided to Progress Alberta.

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Exclusive: Interview with a Cargill worker who still doesn't feel safe returning to work

As of May 8, the outbreak at the Cargill meat packing plant in High River, Alberta, is the single largest workplace outbreak of coronavirus in North America. The plant employs 2000 people--946 workers have already tested positive for COVID-19. The virus has already killed one worker at the plant and another worker’s father.

Despite the objections of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 401, the union representing these workers, Cargill reopened the plant on May 4. Progress Alberta has been on site to hear from the workers. One of these workers, who asked to remain anonymous, told us about their experience at the plant.

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