News Category: Campaigns and Issues


Campaigns and Issues

BC Coroners Death Review Panel: Review of MCFD-Involved Youth Transitioning to Independence

The BC Coroners Service convened a death review panel in December 2017 to review the circumstances of young people who died while transitioning to independence from government child services between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2016. The report found high rates of suicide, mental health issues, drug overdose deaths and a MORE


Campaigns and Issues

ICBC response to Coroner’s recommendation to review BC’s graduated driver’s licensing program

The Child Death Review Panel on Young Driver Deaths (Feb 2015) found that 106 young drivers died in crashes from 2004-2013. Since the introduction of British Columbia’s Graduated Licensing Program (GLP) in 1998, there has been a reduction in the number of young driver deaths. However, motor vehicle crashes remain the leading MORE


Campaigns and Issues

Bill S-228 (Child Health Protection Act): amend the Food and Drugs Act

The rate of childhood obesity in Canada has been rising steadily in recent decades and being overweight or obese impacts the mental health and well-being of children, as well as other aspects of their lives. There is unequivocal evidence that the marketing of unhealthy foods and sugar-sweetened beverages has a negative impact MORE


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Inclusion BC report: Stop Hurting Kids II

 Inclusion BC released their report, Stop Hurting Kids II: Restraint & Seclusion in BC Schools, containing the results of their provincial survey of parents and guardians of students with special needs. The report reveals that restraint and seclusion are still being routinely used instead of positive behaviour support programs in MORE


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Amendments to BC Child Protection legislation and commentary

On April 24th Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy introduced the Child, Family and Community Service Amendment Act, 2018 (Bill 26). According to the government news release, the proposed changes are intended to facilitate greater involvement in child-welfare decisions by Indigenous communities to help keep their children out MORE


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Repeal s.43 missing from proposed Criminal Code amendments

First Call is disappointed to see that proposed amendments to Canada’s Criminal Code do not include repeal of section 43, Correction of Child by Force.  Minister Wilson-Raybould promised to repeal s.43, as part of the government’s pledge to implement all the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action – see #6 under Education. MORE