November 25, 2014 Health Officer P.R.W. Kendall confirmed BC government’s support of “prudent avoidance of cellphone usage by children” (as recommended by Health Canada), limited screen time exposure for children (as recommended by pediatric societies) and limited exposure to video games.
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
September 2014 This letter to BC school board trustees noted that, as of September 2014, First Call has partnered with the BC Safer Schools Coalition to support school board policies that: Explicitly protect students, staff and families from harassment based on all forms of oppression, including homophobia and transphobia Encourage MORE
September 2014 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 based on the input given.) The brief was framed in child-rights language, with MORE
June 2014 In response to First Call’s call to action regarding Private Member Bill M212, the Poverty Reduction and Economic Inclusion Act, Premier Clark stated that legislated targets are not necessary to achieve “good outcomes.“ Rather, the solution is to lift “people out of poverty through job creation and improved MORE
June 2014 In this June 2014 letter, the executive director of BC’s Tobacco Control Branch, Mark Herman, responded to First Call’s letter of May 2014 to Premier Clark and Minister of Health Terry Lake calling for a ban on the sale of flavoured tobacco products. Herman advised that Minister Lake MORE
June 2014 Mid-June, First Call sent a letter to Premier Christy Clark in support of the recommendations in the report On Their Own: Examining the Needs of BC Youth as They Leave Government Care, released April 2014 by Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, the BC representative for children and youth. “These are MORE
May 2014 In this letter to Premier Clark and Health Minister Terry Lake, the First Call coalition called the targeted marketing of flavoured tobacco products to children and youth an “unconscionable” tactic that “must be stopped immediately.” Cigars, cigarillos, water pipes and chew tobacco are now available in an increasingly MORE
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
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
July 2013 First Call endorsed this letter sent by the Dignity for All Campaign to the premiers attending the Council of the Federation meeting in July 2013, asking that they put adequate, affordable housing at the top of their agenda. Canadians pay $7 billion a year for the 200,000 left homeless in this MORE
May 2013 First Call’s Child Labour Is No Accident: The Experience of BC’s Working Children brings together original research through interviews and focus groups with existing studies to examine the consequences of child labour laws in BC. The study focused on three areas of potential impact: health and safety, wages and MORE
May 9, 2013 Vancouver, BC – During BC Youth Week 2013, First Call released Child Labour Is No Accident: The Experience of BC’s Working Children, an 18-month research project funded by the Law Foundation of BC. This report brings together original research through interviews and focus groups, with existing studies MORE
October 2012 In October 2012 First Call made a presentation and written submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2013 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 MORE
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.