News Topics: Income Inequality

Campaigns and Issues

Op-ed: Time to make investing in B.C. families our top priority

In an op-ed published by the Vancouver Sun on Family Day, Feb. 11, 2017, four advocates call on British Columbians and the BC government to invest in children and families. “As investments in child, family and community supports have lagged, our most vulnerable families, children and individuals have suffered,” write MORE


Study: low socioeconomic status linked to higher mortality and years of life lost

This new study, published in the Lancet, compares the contribution of socioeconomic status to mortality and years-of-life-lost with that of conventional risk factors (high alcohol intake, physical inactivity, current smoking, hypertension, diabetes and obesity) currently considered in global health strategies. The study’s results showed, “The association between low socioeconomic status MORE


Lessons from the Chicago Teachers Strike: Coalition-building, organizing & the fight against austerity – Vancouver, Jan. 18

Wednesday, Jan. 18 7 pm SFU Woodward’s, 149 West Hastings, Vancouver Free. All welcome. Refreshments. Find more info Join Michael Brunson of the Chicago Teachers’ Union and Sonia Singh of Labor Notes magazine for a timely and dynamic talk on labour and community coalition-building, organizing and the struggle against austerity. MORE


Employment Standards Workers Story Forums continue – Next up: Victoria, Jan. 11

The Employment Standards Coalition is collaborating with the Retail Action Network in Victoria to hold a workers story forum in Victoria on Wednesday, January 11, 12 noon to 9 pm at the Victoria Events Centre. Find more info and share with your networks: The coalition is planning more workers MORE

Campaigns and Issues

2016 BC Child Poverty Report Card release: Where’s the accountability for children growing up in poverty in BC?

Data in the 2016 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released November 24, 2016, by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, highlights how growing income inequality among BC families has one in five of our children living in poverty, and how our failure to properly support youth as they MORE

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Sign the petition: Improve support for kinship care – grandparents raising grandchildren

Parent Support Services Society of BC, a First Call coalition member, has a petition urging Premier Christy Clark to improve support for kinship caregivers. In BC an estimated 11,000 children and youth are being raised full time by their grandparents (or other relatives). Grandparents raising grandchildren (GRGs) face complicated bureaucracies – MORE