Publication Topics: Child Rights


Election Toolkits

2017 Provincial Election Toolkit

First Call’s toolkit* for the provincial election on May 9, 2017, is a resource to support our coalition member organizations and all individuals and community groups in their advocacy for legislation, policy and real change that benefits BC children and youth and their families. The First Call 2017 Provincial Election MORE


Letters and Submissions

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

February 2017 First Call submitted this brief to the review of the Representative for Children and Youth Act by British Columbia’s Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth. In preparing this brief, the coalition discussed the Act at our January meeting to gather the views of our coalition partners. We  also reviewed MORE


Letters and Submissions

First Call Submission to the CRA Consultation on Charitable Organization Political Activities

December 2016 First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Submission to the Canada Revenue Agency consultation on charitable organizations’ political activities Background First Call’s charitable activities are hosted by Vancity Community Foundation. Our coalition has always needed a larger member organization to host these activities because of the way “political activities” MORE


Letters and Submissions

2017 Provincial Budget Submission: Time to Meet Our Responsibilities to BC’s Children and Youth

October 2016 First Call made a written submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2017 provincial budget. (Each fall, the Select Standing Committee holds province-wide public consultations on the next provincial budget, then drafts recommendations for the budget based on the input given.) We MORE


Letters and Submissions

Response to Letter Re: Bill C-242: An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Inflicting Torture)

June 2016 First Call received a response on June 2, 2016 from Vancouver East MP Jenny Kwan in regards to our March 31, 2016, email to all BC MPs re: Bill C-242: An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Inflicting Torture).   From: Jenny.Kwan@parl.gc.ca [mailto:Jenny.Kwan@parl.gc.ca] Sent: June-02-16 1:34 PM To: Sarena FirstCallBC MORE


Letters and Submissions

MPs and Ministers Congratulated on Federal Election and Invited to Learn about First Call

April 2016 This letter from the First Call Coalition congratulated all Members of Parliament and relevant Ministers (re)elected in the 2015 federal election and invited them to learn more about First Call’s vision and work. It also commends them on the actions they have already taken in their first few months of MORE


Reports

Federal Policies That Put Children and Youth First – Progress Update

In the lead-up to the federal election, First Call developed an election toolkit outlining what is at stake for BC’s children and youth at the federal level under each of the 4 Keys to Success for Children and Youth. In this new report we’ve tracked the progress made on our policy recommendations based on announcements MORE


First Call Monthly Updates

March 2016 Monthly Update

March, 2016 Welcome to our monthly update about First Call’s advocacy work and key actions you can take to support children and youth in BC. Highlights this month include: We reviewed the federal budget for highlights and misses for BC’s children and youth We heard back from MSDSI Minister Stilwell MORE


News-Releases-and-Op-eds

Federal budget 2016 takes aim at child poverty, misses early childhood urgency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 31, 2016 First Call Coalition members were looking for a 2016 federal budget that put Canada’s children and youth first and that ensured that BC’s children and youth have the resources they need to thrive. We were heartened by a number of new commitments for MORE


Letters and Submissions

Response from MSDSI Minister Stilwell Re Family Maintenance Service

March 2016 On March 8, 2016, Michelle Stilwell, Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation, responded by email to First Call, West Coast LEAF and Single Mothers’ Alliance BC’s Dec 18, 2015 email regarding Family Maintenance Services (FMS). In the Dec 18 email we asked whether the Ministry anticipated any changes to the following MORE