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A.06.B FACT SHEETS

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Created Date Thursday, 20 April 2017
Filesize 169 Kilobytes

fACT Sheet: Urban Coyotes

Urban Coyotes: In Conflict or Coexistence?
A Lunch and Learn Companion fACT Sheet
Edmonton is famous for its River Valley Park System—the largest urban park in North America. However, this is prime coyote territory. Can we coexist?

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Created Date Thursday, 23 March 2017
Filesize 128 Kilobytes

fACT Sheet: Social Isolation

The Canadian government estimates that the number of people over the age of 65 could double by 2040. Baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) are becoming seniors, and average life expectancy is increasing. While the average Canadian senior enjoys a life with better health and financial security as well as more activity than in previous generations, seniors are still at risk for chronic conditions, disabilities, or mental health issues. As families become smaller and separated by geography, the size and ease of accessibility for seniors’ support networks decrease.

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Created Date Thursday, 23 March 2017
Modified Date Thursday, 23 March 2017
Filesize 90 Kilobytes

fACT Sheet: 2017 Federal Budget Analysis

This Fact Sheet highlights revenue and spending measures in the 2017 federal budget affecting Edmontonians with low and modest incomes. The federal budget applies to the fiscal year between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018, and forecasts for revenues and expenses for the following four fiscal years.

Created Date Friday, 17 March 2017
Filesize 94 Kilobytes

2017 Alberta Budget Analysis fACT Sheet

Budget 2017 covers the period from April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018 corresponding to the 2017-2018 fiscal year (FY). There are also revenue and spending projections for the following two fiscal years.This year’s budget is called Working to Make Life Better and forecasts a deficit of $10.3 billion. A contingency amount of $500 million is included to protect against lower than forecast oil prices or to provide funds to respond to unforeseen emergencies.

Created Date Thursday, 23 February 2017
Modified Date Thursday, 23 February 2017
Filesize 113 Kilobytes

2017 February fACT Sheet From the Ground Up: Building Love that Lasts

A lunch and learn companion fACT Sheet

There are many reasons that cause romantic relationships may work or may fail. However, psychologists have identified communication as one of the main causes for successes or break downs in relationships. This fACT Sheet explores research by Dr. John Gottman.

Created Date Wednesday, 16 November 2016
Modified Date Thursday, 23 February 2017
Filesize 129 Kilobytes

2016 November fACT Sheet Early Childhood Development

A Lunch and Learn Companion Fact Sheet

The Early Development Instrument measured the development of Albertan kindergartners over a period of five years. How are Albertan kids doing?

From 2009–2013, the Government of Alberta ran a research study on early childhood development. They used the Early Development Instrument (EDI), a standardized method to measure the development of five-year-old-children. Kindergarten teachers filled out questionnaires about the development of each child in their classrooms in order to report on children’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development.

Created Date Wednesday, 19 October 2016
Modified Date Thursday, 23 February 2017
Filesize 111 Kilobytes

2016 October fACT Sheet Habitat for Humanity

A Lunch and Learn Companion fACT Sheet

Habitat for Humanity works on a housing first philosophy. Learn about housing first, Habitat for Humanity's core values, who qualifies for a home, and how their special affordable housing model works.

Created Date Tuesday, 14 June 2016
Modified Date Thursday, 23 February 2017
Filesize 136 Kilobytes

2016 June fACT Sheet Minimum Wage

What is minimum wage? Who works at minimum wage? What effect does a raise in minimum wage have on employers? Employees? What's up with the magic number of $15/h? And, what's the difference between a living wage and a minimum wage? All this and more in our latest fACT Sheet!

Created Date Friday, 15 April 2016
Modified Date Thursday, 23 February 2017
Filesize 100 Kilobytes

2016 April fACT Sheet Alberta Budget 2016 Analysis

Budget 2016 covers the period from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017 corresponding to the 2016-17 fiscal year (FY). There are revenue and spending projections for the following two fiscal years. This year’s budget is called The Alberta Jobs Plan.

Budget 2016 forecasts a deficit of $10.4 billion. A contingency of $700 million is included in case oil prices keep declining or unforeseen emergencies require extra spending. The large deficit is due to a further drop in energy prices. The oil price underpinning this year’s budget has been reduced from $62US per barrel last October to $42US per barrel in Budget 2016. Low energy prices are causing job losses that in turn result in lower revenues from corporate and personal income taxes. The forecast deficit is a record in dollar terms; as a percentage of the overall budget, the deficit is still less than that of budgets in the mid-1980s when there was a similar dramatic decline in energy prices.

Created Date Wednesday, 06 April 2016
Modified Date Thursday, 23 February 2017
Filesize 152 Kilobytes

2016 April fACT Sheet Naming Edmonton and Open Data

A Lunch and Learn Companion Fact Sheet

With new technology, we have the ability to access and use large amounts of data and information on many different platforms. Now we’re using that ability to tell a story about Edmonton.

This fact sheet explains what open data means, how the City of Edmonton is using it, and two of our presenter Matthew Dance's projects.

We're proud to spread awareness of the Aboriginal Edmonton dataset, which names FNMI places, describes their locations in terms of official place names, and details the origins of their names. You can access this at Edmonton's open data portal.

And, with Matthew, we're inviting you to participate in the Naming Edmonton initiative. For more on that, visit namingedmonton.com.

Created Date Tuesday, 29 March 2016
Modified Date Thursday, 23 February 2017
Filesize 169 Kilobytes

2016 March fACT Sheet Chasing the Purple Flag

A Lunch and Learn Companion Fact Sheet

In England, the Purple Flag is the “gold standard” for town centres at night. Could 104th Street be the first Purple Flag designated area in North America?

This fACT Sheet includes:

  • information about the Purple Flag program
  • information on 104th Street (aka Edmonton's Warehouse District)
  • an interview with Jennifer Diep, manager at Kelly’s Pub, which has a unique perspective on 104th Street, as an established business that moved there from a former location
  • an exclusive piece on 104th Street's from Mack D. Male, resident of 104th Street, award-winning Edmonton blogger, and author of mastermaq.ca
Created Date Wednesday, 23 March 2016
Modified Date Thursday, 23 February 2017
Filesize 104 Kilobytes

2016 March fACT Sheet Federal Budget Analysis

The federal budget applies to the fiscal year between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017, and forecasts for revenues and expenses for the following four fiscal years. The 2016 federal budget forecasts a shortfall (deficit) of $29.4 billion in the 2016-17 fiscal year, with a gradual decline to a $14.3 billion deficit in 2020-21.

Created Date Thursday, 18 February 2016
Modified Date Thursday, 23 February 2017
Filesize 103 Kilobytes

2016 February fACT Sheet Mental Health Amendment Act, 2007, Review (29th Legislature)

Request for Input

The Legislative Standing Committee on Families and Communities has requested input on the changes to the Mental Health Act from 2007. These changes are known as the Mental Health Amendment Act, 2007.

The two main changes under review are “criteria for involuntary admission of persons with mental disorders to health care facilities” and “the use of community treatment orders for persons requiring ongoing mental health services” (Mental Health Amendment Act, 2007).

This fACT sheet will provide you with information about these changes, as well as the state of mental health in Alberta.

To share your comments about the act, send a written submission by February 29, 2016, to the Standing Committee on Families and Communities:

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Created Date Thursday, 29 October 2015
Modified Date Thursday, 23 February 2017
Filesize 723 Kilobytes

2015 October fACT Sheet Alberta 2015 Budget Analysis

Budget 2015 covers the period from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016 corresponding to the 2015-16 fiscal year (FY). Due to the change in government on May 5, this budget replaces the March 2015 budget that was tabled but never passed by the previous government. In this Fact Sheet, Budget 2015 refers to the current budget introduced on October 27, 2015.

Budget 2015 forecasts a deficit of $6.1 billion, an increase of $1.1 billion from March. The larger deficit is due to several factors: reversing Conservative cuts to people services to cover inflation and population growth, a further drop in energy prices below levels forecast in March, and additional costs for forest fires and crop losses due to the summer drought. While the forecast deficit is a record in dollar terms, as a percentage of the overall budget, it is less than half that of budgets in the mid-1980s when there was a similar dramatic decline in energy prices.

Created Date Friday, 24 April 2015
Modified Date Thursday, 23 February 2017
Filesize 726 Kilobytes

2015 April fACT Sheet Federal Budget 2015

The ESPC has released its annual analysis of the federal government's 2015 budget.

Highlights from this Fact Sheet include:

  • budget is sort on detail and long on spin
  • few changes to Child Tax Benefits/National Child Benefit
  • Few benefit from Family Tax Cut
  • Universal Child Care Benefit increased
  • Children's Tax Fitness Credit doubled
  • Tax-Free Saving Account maximum doubled
  • EI compassionate care leave lengthened
  • CMHC coop housing mortgages replaced by lower private sector mortgages
  • Public Transit Funding to cities boosted
  • Modest improvements for Aboriginal communities
Created Date Friday, 27 March 2015
Modified Date Thursday, 23 February 2017
Filesize 1.55 Megabytes

2015 March fACT Sheet Alberta 2015 Budget

The ESPC has released its annual analysis of the Government of Alberta's 2015 Budget.

Highlights from this Fact Sheet include:

  • No increases in corporate tax rates or royalties
  • Introduction of a Health Care Contribution Levy
  • Increase to Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit
  • Decrease in Housing First program
  • Reduction in rent supplements
  • Income support frozen
  • Human Services programs mostly forzen
Created Date Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Modified Date Thursday, 23 February 2017
Filesize 651 Kilobytes

2015 January fACT Sheet Literacy

Literacy has been broadly defined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as “understanding, evaluating, using and engaging with written texts to participate in society, to achieve one’s goals, and to develop one’s knowledge and potential”. In addition, literacy also involves numeracy, defined by the OECD as “the ability to engage with mathematical information in order to manage the mathematical demands of a range of situations in everyday life.” Low levels of literacy reduce a person’s ability to carry out basic daily activities. For example, this may mean the inability to work, use public transportation or understand important documents necessary to receive medical or social services. Providing all Canadians with meaningful opportunities to develop and sustain quality literary skills will result in stronger communities bolstered by active participation in economic, employment, health, and social systems.

Created Date Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Modified Date Thursday, 23 February 2017
Filesize 906 Kilobytes

2014 November fACT Sheet Farmers’ Markets in Edmonton

The first farmers’ market in Alberta was established in Edmonton in 1903. A number of markets in other locations began to emerge throughout during the next four decades. Following WWII, when many people moved away from rural areas towards urban centres, food increasingly was purchased from supermarkets and less directly from farmers and producers. Farmers’ markets began to re-appear in the 1970s but there was a lack of consistency with how each was set up and operated. In Alberta, there are now two different types of markets—Alberta approved farmers’ markets and public markets. Both types of markets involve a gathering of vendors who sell their products directly to consumers. The difference lies in the ownership/management of the market and the privileges accorded to each type of market.

Created Date Thursday, 26 June 2014
Modified Date Thursday, 23 February 2017
Filesize 1.19 Megabytes

2014 June fACT Sheet Food Security in Edmonton

What is Food Security?

The United Nations defines food security as existing “when all people at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.” Alberta Food Matters defines food security as “the condition in which all people at all times can acquire safe, nutritionally adequate, and personally acceptable foods in a manner that maintains human dignity.”

“… despite Canada’s economic recovery, the number of Canadians facing food insecurity – inadequate or insecure access to food because of financial constraints – is not abating. In fact, the problem has persisted or grown in every province and territory since 2005, with 2012 rates in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories reaching their highest observed since Health Canada began monitoring the problem.” – Naomi Dachner, co-author of Household Food Insecurity in Canada.

Food Bank Use in Edmonton

Edmonton’s Food Bank works with more than 200 community agencies and serves more than 13,000 people each month through its hamper program. In addition, more than 350,000 meals and snacks are provided each month through affiliated agencies.

Created Date Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Modified Date Thursday, 23 February 2017
Filesize 725 Kilobytes

2014 March fACT Sheet Alberta Budget Analysis

We have released our annual analysis of the Government of Alberta's 2014 Budget.

Budget 2014 covers the time period from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015 (2014-15) fiscal year (FY). Budget 2014 estimates an operational surplus of $2.6 billion, and a consolidated surplus of $1.1 billion when capital spending and net savings are included. The government’s revenue picture has brightened considerably since last year’s budget due to higher than expected energy prices and a lower Canadian dollar. As a result, operational spending will increase next year though by less than inflation and population growth. In this fACT sheet, next year refers to the 2014-15 FY and this year refers to the current 2013-14 FY.

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