News Topics: Income Inequality


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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#Waiting4UCanada Campaign

February 23, 2017, is the 10-year anniversary of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations Child Welfare being filed. In 2016, the tribunal ruled in favour of First Nations children, but since then little has been done. Check out the hashtag #Waiting4UCanada on Twitter to learn how Indigenous children MORE


BC worst economy for younger generations

When the economy squeezes the generations raising young children, it risks squeezing the kids that they raise, according to a new study by Generation Squeeze. #CodeRed: B.C. is the worst performing economy in Canada for younger generations looks at how the economy performs for younger generations (under age 45). The MORE

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First Call op-ed: BC Budget 2017 fails to fill the hole we’ve dug for children, youth and families

Over the last 15 years provincial child-serving ministries, school districts, post-secondary institutions and community service agencies serving children, youth and families had their provincial funding slashed or squeezed. Meanwhile inflation, growing service needs and increased government-imposed fees and costs forced them to cannibalize and reduce their services to balance their MORE

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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