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Add your voice to BC Poverty Reduction by March 30

There are a multitude of ways to add your perspectives to BC’s Poverty Reduction Strategy before the government’s March 30th deadline. Over the next two weeks, the provincial government is continuing community meetings across the province to hear how poverty can be reduced in the province. There are also methods of accepting feedback via phone, email, mail, MORE

Campaigns and Issues

Letter of Petition Calling For Restoration of Quality Arts Education

The Parent Advocacy Network (PAN) sent the Minister and Deputy Minister of Education a researched letter of petition signed by 73 parent and community advocacy groups, university arts educators and arts professionals calling attention to the dramatic decline in access to K-12 arts education across BC. Education in the arts MORE

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Canadian Pharmacare Plan – Call to Action

The federal government has announced their commitment to researching national pharmacare.  The Canadian Labour Congress has produced a petition where you can sign to express your support for a Canada-wide pharmacare plan that is universal, accessible, affordable, portable, and national. The national campaign pushes for a universal prescription drug plan that covers MORE


Children’s Rights and Family Law Reform Submission by the CCRC

The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) has released a submission that recognizes and appreciates the government’s plan to modernize Canada’s family laws. The submission recommends additions for the realization of children’s rights. Canadian law must explicitly include: giving priority to the best interests of the child in decisions and MORE

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Living Wage Petition for Capilano University Cleaners

The Living Wage for Families Campaign is supporting cleaners at Capilano University with a petition calling on all stakeholders at Capilano U to adopt a Living Wage & Benefits Policy for all direct and contracted workers on campus. The website quotes: “Poverty is a serious issues affecting families in the Metro Vancouver area MORE

Child and youth news of the week

CBC News: Ottawa to increase funding for First Nations child welfare services National Observer: B.C.’s budget calls for momentous change in housing, childcare CBC News: Record check misses ‘shocking revelations’ in B.C. Children’s Ministry file Global Newswire: BC Supreme Court grants Huu-ay-aht mother more access to her newborn The Tyee: MORE

Fostering Change is moving to First Call

Over the last few years, Vancouver Foundation has invested significant time, energy, ideas and money in bringing together foster care youth, listening to them, and empowering them to address issues that affect them. They called this work the Fostering Change initiative. Now that important progress has been made, including meaningful MORE

Child and youth news of the week

National Observer: BC working on big changes for Indigenous child welfare Times Colonist: Victoria sobering centre to start taking older teens Province: Dylan Cohen: More educational support needed from government for kids leaving foster care Castlegar Source: OP/ED: BC Poverty Reduction Coalition says minimum wage hikes inadequate Global News: Foster parents say contract terminated after MORE

Child and youth news of the week

CBC News: Human rights complaint filed against Neufeld and the school board Global News: Chilliwack trustee Barry Neufeld faces call from parents’ group to resign Province: Chilliwack teachers say education board has created ‘toxic’ environment Global News: Union files human rights complaint against trustee Barry Neufeld and Chilliwack school board Abbotsford News: Chilliwack board of MORE