News Category: First Call


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Report exposes violations of basic workplace rights including children at risk

The BC Employment Standards Coalition released a report on Labour Day titled Workers’ Stories of Exploitation & Abuse: Why BC Employment Standards Need to Change that cites previous research and reports by First Call on the deregulation of child labour in BC and its impact on children and youth (pages 32-33). The MORE


September 2017 First Call Coalition Meeting Agenda

First Call Coalition Meeting BC Teachers’ Federation Building, 550 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver Wednesday, September 13, 2017 9:15 to 11:30 am Refreshments served at 9:00 am AGENDA 1. Welcome and introductions 2. First Call updates Welcome new member: Foster Parent Support Services (Victoria and Vancouver Island), Kiwassa Neighbourhood House New MORE


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Government reaches out to coalitions on BC poverty reduction plan

The Honourable Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, has reached out to both the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition and First Call for preliminary consultations on a poverty reduction plan for BC. The PRC met with the Minister and staff on August 10, and First Call conducted a MORE


June 2017 First Call Coalition Meeting Agenda

First Call Coalition Meeting BC Teachers’ Federation Building, 550 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver Wednesday, June 14, 2017 9 to 11:30 am – Note early start time Refreshments served at 8:45 am AGENDA Community Conversation on Federal Poverty Reduction Strategy This coalition meeting is a special consultation by First Call and MORE


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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Living wage 2017 in the news

Metro Vancouver: Living wage in Metro Vancouver pegged at $20.62: report Times Colonist: Victoria’s living wage for young families eases — to $71,315 Sooke Online Daily Pocket News: Living Wage in the CRD hovers around $20/hour My Prince George Now: North Central BC’s Living Wage eclipses $16.39 in 2017 Prince MORE