News Topics: Child and Youth Safety


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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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


Campaigns and Issues

New RCY report on Alex Gervais – A heartbreaking read – And FCSSBC response

Feb. 6, 2017, Bernard Richard, the acting representative for children and youth, released Broken Promises: Alex’s Story. The report tells the tragic story of an 18-year-old Métis youth in care who took his own life in desperation. Broken Promises: Alex’s Story illustrates how the BC child welfare system failed to MORE


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Webinar series: How Fracking & Natural Gas Impact Maternal Health

Many of the chemicals associated with gas extraction and development have been connected with acute and chronic health problems in children and women, including respiratory, neurological, reproductive and developmental impacts. For parents and health professionals, this six-part webinar series focuses on our current understanding of possible impacts and how we MORE


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Bernard Richard biography – BC’s new representative for children and youth

In their November 15 report to the BC legislature, a special bipartisan committee recommended that Bernard Richard be appointed BC’s new representative for children and youth. First Call welcomes this timely appointment and look forward to working with BC’s new representative for children and youth. Bernard Richard is a lawyer MORE