Publication Topics: Children with Special Needs


News-Releases-and-Op-eds

Time to make investing in B.C. families our top priority

Published February 11, 2017, in the Vancouver Sun by Adrienne Montani, Faith Bodnar, Sherry Sinclair and Sharon Gregson As families across British Columbians celebrate the 5th annual B.C. Family Day, it’s a welcome opportunity to spend extra time together, have some fun and celebrate all the wonderful reasons our families are important MORE


First Call Monthly Updates

October 2016 Monthly Update

2017 fundraising gala details – MSP coverage for all infants – First Call budget submission – and more! Welcome to our monthly update about First Call’s advocacy work and key developments in child and youth policy in BC. Highlights this month include: Guest of Honour: Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond MSP coverage 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


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

2016 Provincial Budget Submission: Will BC’s 2016 Budget Put Children and Youth First?

September 2015 First Call made a presentation and written submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2016 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.) MORE


Letters and Submissions

Letter to MSDSI Minister Don McRae Re: End of Child Support Clawback and Mandatory Family Maintenance Rights

March 2015 BC Minister for Social Development and Social Innovation Don McRae attended First Call’s 2014 coalition meeting where single mothers described the negative consequences of a policy that treated child support as income, including the deduction of child support payments from disability assistance cheques. In this March letter, First MORE


Letters and Submissions

First Call Urges BC Mayors and Councils to Support BC Children and Youth at UBCM Convention

September 2014 With several significant resolutions regarding the rights and well-being of children and youth coming forward at the 2014 Union of BC Municipalities convention, this open letter to BC’s mayors and councils urged resource support for sexually exploited children and youth, trades and technology skills training and a $10/day MORE


Letters and Submissions

Moving Together Toward an Accessible BC: A Disability White-Paper Submission

March 2014 First Call provided this submission as part of the provincial government’s disability consultation, which informed the creation of the Disability Consultation Report: Moving Together Toward an Accessible B.C. In this submission, First Call noted that the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act is discriminatory and undermines the MORE


Letters and Submissions

2014 Provincial Budget Submission: BC’s Children and Youth: A Smart Investment

September 2013 First Call submitted this written brief to the BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. (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.) First Call’s recommendations call for a MORE


Letters and Submissions

2012 Provincial Budget Analysis

August 2012 This budget analysis compared First Call’s recommendations to the province’s Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services and the committee’s recommendations relating to child and youth issues, as published in First Call’s Report on the Budget 2012 Consultations – with the actual budget commitments made by the MORE


Letters and Submissions

2013 Federal Budget Submission: Supporting a Sustainable Society with Children in Mind

August 2012 This submission was First Call’s response to the federal Standing Committee on Finance’s online questionnaire regarding the 2013 federal budget. The questionnaire was narrowly focused on economic recovery/growth and job creation/productivity, among other challenges.


Letters and Submissions

2011 Brief to MCFD Minister Mary McNeil

September 2011 This brief to Ministry of Children and Family Development Minister Mary McNeil outlines First Call’s recommendations for improved supports, services and outcomes for BC children and youth, including its 4 Keys to Success. The recommendations include: Permanency for children and youth in care Prevention of vulnerability through enhanced MORE


Letters and Submissions

2012 Provincial Budget Speaking Notes

September 2011 These are First Call Provincial Coordinator Adrienne Montani’s 2011 speaking notes from her presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2012 provincial budget. (Each fall, the Select Standing Committee holds province-wide public consultations on the next provincial budget, then drafts recommendations for MORE


Letters and Submissions

2012 Federal Budget Submission: Invest More in Children

August 2011 First Call submitted three recommendations to the federal Standing Committee on Finance during pre-budget consultations on the 2012 federal budget: Place a high priority on increasing Canada’s annual investments in early childhood care and learning, from the current 0.25% of GDP to the recommended UNICEF benchmark of 1% MORE


Letters and Submissions

2011 Brief on Federal Child and Youth Rights Issues

July 2011 This briefing note is designed to be a reference document outlining ongoing and critical issues respecting the promotion and protection of child and youth rights within Canada, particularly those within federal jurisdiction. The material is organized by theme: General measures to promote and protect children’s rights Children’s rights MORE