News Category: Research


Syrian refugee settlement patterns in Metro Vancouver – A tale of two patterns from ISSofBC report

Where did the Syrian government-assisted refugees (GARs) who arrived in Metro Vancouver set up home? The answer may surprising you. Following ISSofBC’s earlier report, Syrian Refugee Operation to BC, this new report maps the current settlement patterns of Syrian government-assisted refugees who settled in Metro Vancouver. It is a useful MORE


What young kids wished you knew about them

In this article, clinical counsellor Deborah MacNamara explains the developmental stage of the preschooler and gives five strategies for discipline that are attachment safe and developmentally friendly. Excerpt: The parts of the brain responsible for self-control are still under development in young children. The brain is only 20% developed at MORE


Poverty makes kids sick, pediatricians say

Poverty and low income is seriously affecting the health of U.K. children, according to pediatricians. Any new government must tackle health inequalities or risk storing up health problems for future generations. That’s according to a new report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Child Poverty MORE


MDI School District and Community Reports now online

The Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) School District and Community Reports for 2016/2017 participating districts are now online. MDI is a self-report questionnaire administered by the University of BC’s Human Early Learning Partnership. The MDI asks children in Grade 4 and Grade 7 about their thoughts, feelings and experiences in MORE


KidsRights Index 2017: Canada ranks 45 out of 165 countries

The annual KidsRights Index ranks how countries adhere to and are equipped to improve children’s rights. Many vulnerable and marginalized groups including refugees and street children are widely discriminated against. KidsRights urges all 165 countries listed in the index to treat non-discrimination as a policy priority in 2017. The rise MORE


Children, poverty and mental health

A large and growing body of research shows that poor kids grow up to have a host of physical problems as adults. Now add poor psychological health to the list, a Cornell University researcher says in a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Why? Read MORE


New CPJ report: Barriers to refugee sponsorship

Citizens for Public Justice’s latest report highlights four barriers to refugee sponsorship in Canada. This includes long wait times for processing, limits on how many refugees each group can sponsor, and the federal government’s policy on travel loans. A Half Welcome: Delays, Limits, and Inequities in Canadian Refugee Sponsorship is based on MORE


BCCF: How grandparents’ roles are changing

According to Statistics Canada the number of grandparents in Canada is growing faster than the general population with a 1.4 million increase between 2001 and 2011. Today’s grandparents provide child care and financial support, and are more likely to live with the grandchildren than they used to. Read more from MORE

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BCACCS study with recommendations on increasing access to traditional Indigenous foods

The Population and Public Health program of Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and the BC Aboriginal Childcare Society (BCACCS) have released a new report, Increasing Indigenous Children’s Access to Traditional Foods in Early Childhood Programs. The report summarizes food safety barriers and facilitators to providing non-market, high-protein, traditional foods in MORE