Publication Topics: Health


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


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Supporting Gender Diversity and Expression in BC Schools

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


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2015 Provincial Budget Submission: Make BC’s Children and Youth the Priority for “Balanced Budget 2015”

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


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BC Premier Defends Lack of Support for Poverty Reduction Legislation – Bill M212

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


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First Call Urges Premier Clark to Improve Youth-in-Care Transitions

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


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First Call to Premier and Health Minister: Ban Sale of Flavoured Tobacco Products to Minors

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


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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


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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


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2013 Provincial Budget Submission: Time to Stop the Neglect and Invest in Our Children

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


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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.