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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


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CWP Poverty Progress Profile on BC

Michele Bliss of Canada without Poverty writes in the Huffington Post: “British Columbia is likely the province most cited as failing on ending poverty. In a review of our Poverty Progress Profile on BC, statistics illustrate the stark reality across the province. One in five children in the province live MORE


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Poverty Free BC Rally, Mar. 4

Are you concerned about making ends meet with rising rent, unaffordable child care and increasing MSP premiums and hydro costs? Are you worried about growing food-bank use and homelessness in our communities? Come out and march for the issues facing us all in BC. Join the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, MORE


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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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New BC family infographics from BCCF

The BC Council for Families has partnered with SPARC BC to produce a series of infographics about family demographics in regional districts across BC using the results of their 2015 Let’s Talk Families BC! survey. There are four sets of infographics which show the average household types, the average number MORE


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Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth: Call for submissions – Review of the role of RCY

The Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth is reviewing British Columbia’s Representative for Children and Youth Act. The act provides BC’s representative for children and youth with a mandate that includes advocacy for children, youth and families; monitoring of the child and youth serving system; and reviews, investigations and MORE


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2016 BC Child Poverty Report Card: 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, 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 leave foster care is putting many MORE


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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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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