April 2017 First Call Coalition Meeting Agenda


First Call Coalition Meeting
BC Teachers’ Federation Building, 550 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
9:15 to 11:30 am – Refreshments served at 9 am

AGENDA

1. Welcome and introductions

2. First Call updates

  • ECD Roundtable update
    • Federal child care funding
  • Living Wage for Families Campaign update
  • Child Labour campaign update
  • Federal Poverty Reduction Strategy consultations
  • Presentations and other publications (see below)

3. Cindy Blackstock, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society on the federal budget and compliance with the Human Rights Tribunal decision

4. Provincial Election advocacy – First Call election toolkit and roundup of members’ activities

5. BC Budget impacts and information

6. Member updates

7. Adjournment

 

FIRST CALL OUT AND ABOUT

Community Presentations March–April 2017

Vancouver Parks Board on poverty and the living wage

SFU Institute for Public Education forum

Columbia Institute on poverty and the living wage

Meeting with Unifor workers on the living wage

 

Recent Publications

February: First Call Submission to the Review of the Representative for Children and Youth Act

February: Op-ed: Time to make investing in B.C. families our top priorities

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

March: Letter to Health Minister Terry Lake on Reduction of Child Care Play Space

March: ECD Roundtable Backgrounder to MCFD Re Federal Child Care Funding

March: First Call 2017 Provincial Election Toolkit

 

Media Hits

Global TV: MCFD staff rally in Downtown Vancouver to demand change

DreamZZ Punjabi Radio: Poverty Free BC and the living wage

CBC – On the Coast: Poverty hard on B.C. students and teachers, educator says

Richmond News: Lower taxes vs. social services shape election debate in Richmond

CKNW AM 980: How is Canada’s middle class doing?

Public Education Network: Hunger to Learn: Will BC’s hungry kids finally receive the hearing and help they need?

East Kootenay News Online Weekly: Poverty in Cranbrook: A story of social potholes

Vancouver Sun: Opinion: Who will defend public education?

Vancouver Sun: BC’s working poor: Meet the people whose jobs don’t pay the bills

Vancouver Sun: BC’s working poor: Low-wage jobs keep many living paycheque to paycheque

Vancouver Sun: BC’s working poor: Affordable child care key to lifting families out of poverty

Vancouver Sun: B.C.’s working poor: Affordability crisis hits low-income earners hardest

Times Colonist: Affordable child care seen as key to lifting families out of poverty

Province: B.C.’s working poor: Affordability crisis hits low-income earners hardest

Vancouver Sun: B.C.’s working poor: Reducing poverty expensive, but possible

Times Colonist: B.C.’s working poor: Reducing poverty expensive but possible