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Campaigns and Issues

First Call urges Senate to pass Bill S-206 to repeal section 43 to end physical punishment of children

First Call recently sent a letter to all Canadian senators, asking them to support Bill S-206, which would repeal section 43 of the Criminal Code. Section 43, also known as the “spanking law,” permits the use of force for disciplining children by parents and persons standing in place of parents. MORE


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Urgent need for action on poverty – Send your feedback to Canada poverty reduction consultations

The government of Canada has begun consultations for its Poverty Reduction Strategy, and Citizens for Public Justice has prepared an easy-to-use form so you can send your thoughts directly to Employment and Social Development Canada on what you’d like to see. The CPJ website also provides resources about poverty in Canada, key policy MORE


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Election 2017 party responses to First Call coalition questions

On behalf of our 101 member organizations, First Call sent questions from our 2017 Provincial Election Toolkit to each of the three main parties in this election. All three parties have responded, and we encourage everyone to read their answers to our questions about putting the interests of children, youth MORE


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Xyolhemeylh DAA staff march to improve services to children and families – Come show your support – Surrey, Apr. 22

Saturday, Apr. 22 12:30 – 2 pm Meet at the yellow BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) tent at the corner of 31st Avenue and Croydon Drive in Surrey (plenty of street parking can be found on Croydon Drive). Then join the march to Minister of Children and Families MORE


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Despite growing child care crisis, BC Liberal government underspends child care budget by $100 million

The BC government’s own public reports show that they haven’t spent the minimal funds they committed to child care over the last four years. Child care underspending totals almost $100 million, with $48 million underspent last year alone. Sharon Gregson, spokesperson for the $10aDay Child Care Plan, calls the underspending MORE