First Call Monthly Updates

October 2016 Monthly Update


2017 fundraising gala details – MSP coverage for all infants – First Call budget submission – and more!

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:

  • Guest of Honour: Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond
  • MSP coverage for all Canadian-born infants
  • First Call sends 2017 provincial budget submission
  • Adequate education funding a top election issue
  • Public school funding panel at SFU Woodward’s
  • 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

 

THANK YOU MARY ELLEN

It was BC Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond’s last week in the office, and powerful testimonials to her legacy these past 10 years continue to pour in. First Call and her supporters will have the chance to thank Mary Ellen at the February 2017 fundraising gala we will hold in her honour.

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MSP COVERAGE FOR ALL CANADIAN INFANTS

When First Call heard Canadian-born infants have been denied MSP coverage due to parental immigration status, we sent a letter asking government to waive proof of identity and residency requirements, and to adopt and publicize a policy of non-collaboration with CBSA to alleviate fears of parents with precarious immigration status.

 

RESPONSIBILITY BUDGET SUBMITTED

High child poverty rates, lack of child care spaces and inadequate support for youth in and from government care are all described in First Call’s 2017 provincial budget submission, which this year again details the result of government not meeting its responsibility to our children and youth.

 

SAVE THIS DATE

On November 7 at SFU Woodwards at 149 W Hastings, First Call presents ‘BC Public School Funding: Equal Opportunity or Lost Potential?’, an open dialogue with panelists moderated by Dr. Paul Shaker of SFU’s Faculty of Education. Register now here for free while seats remain.

SFU Education Panel
 

FIRST CALL OUT AND ABOUT

Throughout the first half of the month, Adrienne spoke about First Call and child poverty to social work students and the population health graduate program at UBC, as well as to the nursing class at VCC. On October 16, she presented on First Call’s child poverty work to the South Fraser Unitarian Church in White Rock, following which her and Deanna Ogle from the Living Wage for Families campaign made a donation pitch to the Health Sciences Association.

On October 26, John Kennedy attended a rally outside Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux’s constituency office, part of ongoing work that includes the As Word Spreads podcast hosted by youth now in government care.

 

FIRST CALL IN THE NEWS

Vancouver Sun Opinion: Vancouver city council shows leadership on living wages
BC Medical Journal: Children’s mental health: Is poverty the diagnosis?
West Coast LEAF: 2016 CEDAW Report Card

 

FIRST CALL CORRESPONDENCE AND PUBLICATIONS

October: First Call Urges Health Minister Lake to Ensure MSP Enrollment for Infants