News Category: Campaigns and Issues


Campaigns and Issues

Campaign to Support Bill C-262

Bill C-262, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, is in second reading in the Senate. While the Bill passed in the House of Commons last May, if it does not reach third reading in the Senate before Parliament is dissolved, it will die on the MORE


Campaigns and Issues

Shifting the Culture at the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction

The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition collaborated with partners in developing a discussion paper based on key concerns and observations collected over years of working on assistance issues with people seeking MCFD services. The paper includes 31 specific and achievable recommendations for the Ministry so that those seeking help have their needs met MORE


Campaigns and Issues

Provincial Health Officer Releases Annual Report

Last week BC’s provincial heath officer (PHO), released the report, Taking the Pulse of the Population: An Update on the Health of British Columbians. One of the four areas highlighted for more attention is early childhood development. The report recommends that government increase support for programs and policies that focus MORE


Campaigns and Issues

BC Government Responds to Court Action Filed on Behalf of Youth in Care

This morning the provincial government filed its response to a court action taken by the Public Guardian and Trustee regarding a former social worker accused of financial improprieties related to youth in government care. First Call is pleased to see that government “admits vicarious liability for the actions of the MORE


Campaigns and Issues

American Academy of Pediatrics Warns Against Physical Punishment

Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a policy statement, supported by research evidence, warning parents against spanking their children, defined as “non-injurious, open handed hitting with the intention of modifying child behavior.” They cite a study in the U.S. that found children who were spanked more than MORE