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BC211 goes province-wide

BC211, operator of the Red Book Online directory of community services, has expanded its reach from Metro Vancouver to now offer service throughout BC. In addition to phone service, BC211.ca now also offers a live web chat service with call centre staff, ready to refer callers to anything from emergency 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


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Xyolhemeylh DAA staff march to improve services to children and families – Come show your support – Surrey, Apr. 22

Saturday, Apr. 22 12:30 – 2 pm Meet at the yellow BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) tent at the corner of 31st Avenue and Croydon Drive in Surrey (plenty of street parking can be found on Croydon Drive). Then join the march to Minister of Children and Families MORE


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Despite growing child care crisis, BC Liberal government underspends child care budget by $100 million

The BC government’s own public reports show that they haven’t spent the minimal funds they committed to child care over the last four years. Child care underspending totals almost $100 million, with $48 million underspent last year alone. Sharon Gregson, spokesperson for the $10aDay Child Care Plan, calls the underspending MORE


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News from the Representative’s Office: Report on underfunding of DAAs

BC’s representative for children and youth, Bernard Richard, recently released a new report: Delegated Aboriginal Agencies: How resourcing affects service delivery. This report finds that underfunding of Delegated Aboriginal Agencies means that some Indigenous children are being removed from their homes and placed in care simply because the funds are MORE