First Call Monthly Updates

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First Call 2017 fundraising gala – Living Wage Campaign reaches Port Coquitlam – CRA reconsiders restrictions on Canadian charities – and more!

January 2016

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:
  • February 23: Together we celebrate Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond
  • First Call looks back at our work in 2016
  • Living Wage Campaign certifies Port Coquitlam
  • First Call submission to CRA charity consultation
  • First Call out and about
  • First Call in the news
  • First Call correspondence and publications

Read on to learn more!

Yours for children and youth,
Julie, John, Adrienne and Deanna

 

TOGETHER WE CELEBRATE MARY ELLEN TURPEL-LAFOND

Bound to be a highlight of our year, at 5:30pm on February 23 First Call and guests will come together to look back at Mary Ellen’s ten years as BC’s Representative for Children and Youth, and show her how much we appreciate what she’s done for BC’s future generations.

Tables and tickets to the gala are going quickly, and more information can be found here.

FIRST CALL’S LOOK BACK AT 2016

First Call had a very productive year in 2016, so we put together the main highlights and achievements to show you what your support and participation makes possible. It’s safe to say we’ll have even more to report back on soon.

CITY OF PORT COQUITLAM CERTIFIED AS LIVING WAGE EMPLOYER

On January 1, Port Coquitlam became the third municipality in Canada to implement a living wage policy. With the good news, Deanna Ogle of the Living Wage for Families Campaign notes the municipalities of Pitt Meadow and Vancouver will likely be certified as living wage employers this year.

FIRST CALL COMMENTS ON RESTRICTIONS ON CANADIAN CHARITIES

First Call made comments and recommendations in a submission to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in their consultation on the political activities of charitable organizations in Canada. According to the CRA, “many charitable organizations which engage in public policy advocacy were unhappy with the silencing impact of the current rules.”

Read First Call’s submission here.

FIRST CALL OUT AND ABOUT

In addition to presenting the latest facts and figures included in the 2016 BC Child Poverty Report Card to students in Vancouver, First Call provincial coordinator Adrienne Montani joined UNICEF Canada president and CEO on January 16 at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue to speak on the issue of child inequality in BC and Canada; together they presented a webinar the following day which can be viewed here.

Adrienne and John Kennedy were also at the Society for Children and Youth of BC’s Youth Art for Change January 25 showcase, where a spoken word performance by Meredith Graham was followed by a panel discussion on the power of art and expression to heal and create change between Elfred Matining of ArtStarts for Schools, artist Patti Fraser, a frontline youth worker from the Fraser Valley and Brielle Morgan with Discourse Media.

FIRST CALL IN THE NEWS

Northern View: Prince Rupert second-worst in B.C. for child poverty
CBC Early Edition: Margot Young on BC child poverty statistics (2:11:20)
Times Colonist: Trevor Hancock: Governments fail to provide necessaries of life
Tyee: When Global Student Test Results Become Local Political Weapons
Tyee: What I Would’ve Asked Christy Clark — If She Hadn’t Left Me Off Her Year-end Interview List
Vancouver Sun: UBC students start charity to help needy kids
National Observer: Two Canadian billionaires as wealthy as almost a third of Canadians, Oxfam reports
Tri Cities News: Port Coquitlam city workers now earn a living wage
Vancouver Sun: Jan. 23: Poverty amid plenty in B.C. spurs call for action

FIRST CALL CORRESPONDENCE AND PUBLICATIONS

December 2016: 2016 First Call Annual Report
December 2016: First Call Submission to the CRA Consultation on Charitable Organization Political Activities
December 2016: 2016 BC Child Poverty Report Card – Response from BC MP Ken Hardie
December 2016: 2016 BC Child Poverty Report Card – Response from BC MP John Aldag