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March 2017 First Call Coalition Meeting Agenda

First Call Coalition Meeting BC Teachers’ Federation Building, 550 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver Wednesday, March 8, 2017 9:15 to 11:30 am – Refreshments served at 9 am AGENDA 1. Welcome and introductions 2. First Call updates Fundraising Gala Provincial election tool kit Living Wage for Families Campaign update Poverty Free 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

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February is Inclusive Education Month

First Call member Inclusion BC invites families, self advocates, members and partners in inclusion to join in celebrating successes and raising understanding of how inclusive education matters in your community. An inclusive world starts with inclusive schools. Children who learn together in welcoming, inclusive schools also learn to live well MORE


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


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


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


Canadian Poverty Hub – Call for submissions

The Canadian Poverty Institute and the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness have launched the Canadian Poverty Hub. The Poverty Hub will be an online repository of research on the causes and impacts of poverty, as well as policies and best practices in poverty prevention and reduction. The Poverty Hub will be MORE


Child and youth news of the week

Vancouver Sun: Opinion: Time to make investing in B.C. families our top priority Tyee: BC Best Province for Low Taxes? Uh, Not for Poor Families Huffington Post: Poverty Violates Human Rights. Canada Must Do More to Defeat It Tyee: BC’s Massive Tax Giveaway to the Rich Global News: Longtime foster MORE


HELP Wave 6 EDI Forum – Surrey/White Rock, Mar. 30

Understanding Early Childhood Vulnerability Trends in Surrey/White Rock Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017 9-11 am SD36 Resource and Education Centre 14123 – 92 Ave., Surrey For more info contact Join the Children’s Partnership Surrey-White Rock for a learning session with the UBC Human Early Learning Partnership. HELP will present the 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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Sanctuary schools: New Westminster school board considers draft policy welcoming undocumented kids

The Education Committee of New Westminster’s school board is considering implementing a policy that welcomes all school-aged children in their district—regardless of immigration status—to attend their schools. The New Westminster policy comes after consultations with groups including Sanctuary Health Coalition and School for All. In May 2016, First Call sent MORE