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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


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

Minister Cadieux Responds to 2014’s Child Poverty Report Card

December 22, 2014 Minister Cadieux responded to 2014’s BC Child Poverty Report Card by outlining government’s two-pronged approach to child poverty: 1) job creation and 2) targeted support programs/services. For example, Cadieux noted that government has increased BC’s minimum wage to $10.25/hour; lowered taxes by 37 per cent since 2001; 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


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

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


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

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


News-Releases-and-Op-eds

Memo to the new premier: Here’s what putting families first should look like

Published in the Vancouver Sun May 16, 2011 by Adrienne Montani and Seth Klein Dear Premier Clark, Congratulations on your new job. It’s wonderful that your new government will be “putting families first.” And we were heartened to hear you say on the night of your election victory that fighting MORE