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Provincial poverty reduction strategy consultations continue

The BC Government community meetings to gather input to form BC’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy are on-going throughout the province in February and March. The next few are happening February 17 (Prince George), March 3 (North Vancouver), and March 10 (Vancouver). Check out the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition website for extensive information MORE


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BCGEU launches Affordable BC Plan to address housing affordability crisis

With the help of experts in the field, First Call coalition member the BC Government & Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) has come up with a plan that tackles the affordability crisis by curbing speculation and making investments into housing and infrastructure. The plan includes reforming property taxes to target speculators, MORE


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City of Vancouver adopts updated gender strategy that includes child care

Vancouver’s City Council has recently approved Vancouver: A City For All Women, Women’s Equity Strategy 2018-2028 this month. The strategy aims to make Vancouver a place where “all women have full access to the resources provided in the city and have opportunities to fully participate in the political, economic, cultural and social MORE


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Chilliwack Board of Education asks trustee Barry Neufeld to resign

Following the Chilliwack District Parent Advisory Council’s call last month for Chilliwack trustee Barry Neufeld’s resignation in response to his public attacks on provincial LGBTQ curriculum, early last week the Chilliwack Teachers’ Association passed a motion of non-confidence against the Chilliwack Board of Education, citing inaction following controversial comments Neufeld MORE


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One week left to grab your tickets for the First Call Gala on February 1!

First Call is honoured to have Grand Chief Ed John, Tl’azt’en Nation, join us as a keynote speaker at the event. Join us on February 1, 2018 for an unforgettable night dedicated to children’s rights in BC. Raffi will receive the First Call Champion of Child and Youth Rights Award MORE


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Raffi to receive Champion of Child and Youth Rights Award at First Call gala!

First Call is proud to announce that Raffi will receive the First Call Champion of Child and Youth Rights Award at our Gala on February 1—in special recognition of his contributions to awareness of children’s rights through the Child Honouring movement. We are also honoured to have Grand Chief Ed John, Tl’azt’en MORE


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BCCPAC backs Chilliwack parent advisory council chair Justine Hodge

BCCPAC has issued a letter of support to Chilliwack District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) Chair Justine Hodge offering support and expressing that it is “deeply disturbing that a letter writing campaign has been initiated” against her personally in response to a letter the DPAC sent to the Chilliwack Board of MORE


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Raffi to receive Champion of Child and Youth Rights Award at First Call gala!

First Call is proud to announce that Raffi will receive the First Call Champion of Child and Youth Rights Award at our Gala on February 1—in special recognition of his contributions to awareness of children’s rights through the Child Honouring movement. We are also honoured to have Grand Chief Ed MORE


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Poverty reduction consultations dates and small grants for communities

The government has announced all the dates for the provincial consultation on poverty reduction taking place across the province. Please see below for detailed information on the consultation dates in communities throughout BC. In addition, government recognizes that certain groups experiencing poverty and those living in rural/remote communities may face MORE


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Oak Bay child murders highlight need for robust reforms to family law and child protection

The murder of two young girls on Christmas day in Oak Bay, Victoria has brought to light once again egregious issues with BC’s family law system and the need for much needed reforms to protect vulnerable children at risk. Little has changed since former Representative for Children and Youth Mary MORE