First Call Monthly Updates

June 2016 Monthly Update


Canada (finally) ratified min working age standards – Maternity benefits clawback unfair – Parksville becomes a living wage employer – First Call staff changes

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:

  • Hello…Goodbye! First Call staff changes
  • Canada (finally) ratified min working age standards!
  • Editorial: Maternity benefits clawback unfair to women
  • Parksville becomes a living wage employer
  • Response to our letter re Bill C-242
  • Adrienne and Deanna were out and about
  • We were in the news
  • Check out our correspondence and upcoming meetings

Read on to learn more!

Yours for children and youth,
Julie, Sarena, Adrienne, and Deanna and now John!!

 

HELLO…GOODBYE! FIRST CALL STAFF CHANGES

After four enriching years, First Call’s communications and development coordinator Sarena Talbot is heading off on a new adventure.

Sarena writes: It has been a privilege to work for the First Call coalition and I have learned so much from working alongside all of you. I have been so impressed with the passion and commitment that you all bring to your work for children and youth and I look forward to following your successes in the years to come.

We are also very excited to introduce John Kennedy as your new communications and development coordinator! John brings a wealth of new skills to the position and is a strong addition to First Call’s small team of Adrienne, Julie and Deanna. He very much looks forward to connecting with all of you.

John started this week and can be reached at john@firstcallbc.org and 604-709-6970.

 

CANADA RATIFIES ILO CONVENTION 138 – MINIMUM WORKING AGE NOW 15

One of First Call’s long-time recommendations has been acted on by the new federal government. On June 8, the Canadian government announced it has ratified the International Labour Organization’s Minimum Age Convention, 1973. The minimum working age in Canada of 15 will come into effect June 2017.

First Call has long called on the provincial government to re-establish a minimum work-start age of 15. In BC, children as young as 12 years old can legally work in virtually any job. It’s time for the BC government to step up!

Learn more on our no child labour campaign page and listen to Adrienne Montani speak on the issue on CKNW here.

 

FIRST CALL OP-ED: MATERNITY BENEFITS CLAWBACK UNFAIR TO WOMEN

First Call’s provincial coordinator Adrienne Montani has called on the BC government to “do the right thing” and “change the regulations to treat EI maternity and parental benefits as earned income which is exempt from deduction from disability assistance.”

This follows the Human Rights Tribunal’s decision to hear the complaint filed Community Legal Assistance Society.

Read the full op-ed in the Province: Adrienne Montani: Maternity benefits clawback unfair to women

 

PARKSVILLE IS NOW A LIVING WAGE EMPLOYER – IS PITT MEADOWS NEXT?!

The City of Parksville became the fourth municipality in BC to pass a living wage policy on June 6, 2016!

As a result of the hard work of the District 69 Living Wage for Families Coalition, the City of Parksville passed a living wage policy and will work towards certification with the Living Wage for Families Campaign as a Living Wage Employer. The living wage in Parksville is $16.76/hr.

Read more on the Living Wage for Families Campaign website.

Pitt Meadows councillors are also voicing support for a new living wage policy that would see city employees and contract staff paid a minimum of $20.64 per hour, including benefits. Deanna Ogle, the campaign organizer for the Living Wage for Families Campaign, appeared before council on June 14 to lobby for the policy.

Read the full article in the Maple Ridge News.

 

FIRST CALL OUT AND ABOUT

Provincial coordinator Adrienne Montani presented to the Vancouver City Council’s Healthy City Strategy, speaking in support of recommendations for funding for the Poverty Reduction Coalition, the Living Wage for Families campaign and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

When the news broke of Canada’s signing of the International Labour Organisation’s convention 138 – ensuring a minimum work start age of 15, provincial coordinator Adrienne Montani was called to comment on CKNW’s Lynda Steele show with guest host Drex. You can listen to their conversation here.

 

FIRST CALL IN THE NEWS

Parksville-Qualicum Beach News: City of Parksville votes to certify as a Living Wage for Families employer

Maple Ridge News: Pitt Meadows looks at living wage

Province: Adrienne Montani: Maternity benefits clawback unfair to women

Foodable: Failure to launch: Canada’s no-tipping trend

Capture Queue: SPARC BC’s Scott Graham on his work with First Call in developing their annual child poverty report card and more

 

FIRST CALL CORRESPONDENCE & PUBLICATIONS

June 2, 2016: First Call received a response from Vancouver East MP Jenny Kwan in regards to our March 31, 2016 email to all BC MPs re: Bill C-242: An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Inflicting Torture).