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First Call urges Senate to pass Bill S-206 to repeal section 43 to end physical punishment of children

First Call recently sent a letter to all Canadian senators, asking them to support Bill S-206, which would repeal section 43 of the Criminal Code. Section 43, also known as the “spanking law,” permits the use of force for disciplining children by parents and persons standing in place of parents. MORE


Syrian refugee settlement patterns in Metro Vancouver – A tale of two patterns from ISSofBC report

Where did the Syrian government-assisted refugees (GARs) who arrived in Metro Vancouver set up home? The answer may surprising you. Following ISSofBC’s earlier report, Syrian Refugee Operation to BC, this new report maps the current settlement patterns of Syrian government-assisted refugees who settled in Metro Vancouver. It is a useful MORE


What young kids wished you knew about them

In this article, clinical counsellor Deborah MacNamara explains the developmental stage of the preschooler and gives five strategies for discipline that are attachment safe and developmentally friendly. Excerpt: The parts of the brain responsible for self-control are still under development in young children. The brain is only 20% developed at MORE


Poverty makes kids sick, pediatricians say

Poverty and low income is seriously affecting the health of U.K. children, according to pediatricians. Any new government must tackle health inequalities or risk storing up health problems for future generations. That’s according to a new report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Child Poverty MORE


MDI School District and Community Reports now online

The Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) School District and Community Reports for 2016/2017 participating districts are now online. MDI is a self-report questionnaire administered by the University of BC’s Human Early Learning Partnership. The MDI asks children in Grade 4 and Grade 7 about their thoughts, feelings and experiences in MORE


KidsRights Index 2017: Canada ranks 45 out of 165 countries

The annual KidsRights Index ranks how countries adhere to and are equipped to improve children’s rights. Many vulnerable and marginalized groups including refugees and street children are widely discriminated against. KidsRights urges all 165 countries listed in the index to treat non-discrimination as a policy priority in 2017. The rise MORE


New Indigenous early years scholarship and bursary – June application deadlines

The Indigenous Early Years (IEY) Scholarship and Bursary Program helps more than 200 additional Indigenous students living in BC to access post-secondary funding. IEY Scholarship Application (Undergraduate, Masters and Doctorate) – Deadline is noon, Thursday, June 8, 2017. Download application and guidelines IEY Bursary Application (Certificate, Diploma and Associate’s Degree) MORE


Child and youth news of the week

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health: Poverty is ‘making children sick’, say children’s doctors [U.K.] CBC News: Busy schedules are putting children’s health at risk Vancouver Sun: Opinion: Legal aid fails women fleeing abuse in B.C. Vancouver Sun: Ian Mulgrew: B.C. legal aid challenge may hurt those it aims MORE