News Category: Campaigns and Issues


Campaigns and Issues

ECEBC Letter to ECEs and BC Minister of Health and CCCABC Statement

This week’s CTV article highlights that struggles to maintain staff ratios and locate and buy necessary cleaning supplies are just two of the concerns being raised by childcare workers, operators and advocates regarding the B.C. government’s decision not to close daycares during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC) MORE


Campaigns and Issues

From Marginalized to Magnified, Youth Homelessness Report

Katherine McParland, Executive Director of A Way Home Kamloops, presented her newly-released report From Marginalized to Magnified: Youth Homelessness Solutions From Those With Lived Expertise to the March 11th First Call coalition meeting. The report was prepared in collaboration with her advisory group Youth Against Youth Homelessness BC and The Office of MORE


Campaigns and Issues

City of Vancouver Passes Motion in Support of Healthy School Food

On March 10, 2020, First Call submitted comments to the City of Vancouver supporting passage of the motion, “Taking Steps Toward a National Cost-Shared Universal Healthy School Food Program.” Click here to read our comments. We are pleased to hear that the City of Vancouver passed the motion on March 11th. One part of MORE


Campaigns and Issues

More BC Budget Analysis from Our Members

In mid-February, First Call sent out a special edition of our Weekly Newsletter to respond to the BC Budget 2020 announcement. The budget followed through on promises made in past budgets – including the BC Child Opportunity Benefit – but came up short on new initiatives and investments that would assist children, MORE


Campaigns and Issues

U-Pass BC Program Extension Announcement

The U-Pass BC program has been extended for five years after student associations from 10 public universities and colleges in Metro Vancouver voted to approve the motion. The U-Pass BC program, which began in 2010, is a partnership between the Province, TransLink, participating public post-secondary institutions and their student associations. Students holding MORE