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First Call Annual Fundraising Gala with Grand Chief Ed John coming up February 1!

First Call’s annual fundraising gala is on the horizon! The gala is an opportunity to celebrate our child and youth advocacy, thank all those who generously support the work of First Call, and raise much-needed funds to ensure we can continue advocacy to put BC’s children and youth first. We MORE


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Child and youth news of the week

The Tyee: Employers clash on timeline for $15 minimum wage CBC News: Shelter for women leaving abuse in Kitimat runs out of space Times Colonist: Seeking an end to violence against women and girls Global News: BC judge who erred in law put ministry under fire CBC Radio Unreserved: Elementary school students rewriting the TRC’s MORE


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2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card release: Looking for action to change BC’s child poverty story

Data in the 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released today by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, highlights the income inequality that leaves far too many British Columbia families struggling to cover basic living expenses. One in five of our children still lives in poverty. Using the MORE


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Child and youth news of the week

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health: Poverty is ‘making children sick’, say children’s doctors [U.K.] CBC News: Busy schedules are putting children’s health at risk Vancouver Sun: Opinion: Legal aid fails women fleeing abuse in B.C. Vancouver Sun: Ian Mulgrew: B.C. legal aid challenge may hurt those it aims MORE


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Metro News: Wage theft is most common complaint of B.C. workers: advocacy group Vancouver Sun: Opinion: Poverty plan a prescription for tackling mental illness Times Colonist: Father wants the right to force teenage daughter into drug rehab Globe and Mail: Amid overdose crisis, dialogue on drug use critical, addiction experts MORE


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Living wage 2017 in the news

Metro Vancouver: Living wage in Metro Vancouver pegged at $20.62: report Times Colonist: Victoria’s living wage for young families eases — to $71,315 Sooke Online Daily Pocket News: Living Wage in the CRD hovers around $20/hour My Prince George Now: North Central BC’s Living Wage eclipses $16.39 in 2017 Prince MORE


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Province: Living Wage – fill a prescription or fill the gas tank? Times Colonist: Victoria’s living wage for young families eases — to $71,315 My Prince George Now: North Central BC’s Living Wage eclipses $16.39 in 2017 Prince George Citizen: Region’s living wage $16.39, advocacy groups say Abbotsford News: Fraser MORE


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Child and youth news of the week

Tyee: What’s in Store for the Next Two Generations of BC School Kids? Tyee: Young Voters Need a Reason to Believe Their Vote Matters CBC News: Child welfare, environment among top election issues for B.C. First Nations Vancouver Courier: Should welfare rates be raised in B.C.? Bowen Island Undercurrent: Childcare MORE


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Child and youth news of the week

Global News: BC Liberals falling $100 million short on child care spending promise, advocacy group says Metro News Vancouver: NDP accuses B.C. Premier of ‘Trump-like’ lies on child care Squamish Chief: Squamish daycare crunch continues CBC Early Edition: Daycare parents panel – two parents speak about finding care CBC News: MORE


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Child and youth news of the week

Vancouver Sun: BC’s working poor: Meet the people whose jobs don’t pay the bills Vancouver Sun: BC’s working poor: Low-wage jobs keep many living paycheque to paycheque Vancouver Sun: BC’s working poor: Affordable child care key to lifting families out of poverty Vancouver Sun: B.C.’s working poor: Affordability crisis hits MORE


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APTN National News: Cindy Blackstock eyes Federal Court to force Ottawa to treat First Nations children fairly Vancouver Sun: Federal Budget 2017 news roundup Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: 2017 Federal Budget Analysis and Organizational Responses Toronto Star: Federal budget money for child care is a good first step but MORE


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CKNW AM 980: How is Canada’s middle class doing? – Federal minister Jean Yves Duclos discusses child poverty and child care ahead of next federal budget News 1130: Ottawa may offer more child care breaks Global News: Child care and parental leave: What could be in the 2017 federal budget MORE


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Child and youth news of the week

Policy Note: First Call op-ed: BC Budget 2017 fails to fill the hole we’ve dug for children, youth and families Tyee: Budget Shortchanges BC Kids and Youth, Say Critics Times Colonist: Comment: Kids’ lives are at stake, and B.C. needs to do better CKNW: Vancouver Park Board aims to be MORE


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Vancouver Sun: Opinion: Time to make investing in B.C. families our top priority Tyee: BC Best Province for Low Taxes? Uh, Not for Poor Families Huffington Post: Poverty Violates Human Rights. Canada Must Do More to Defeat It Tyee: BC’s Massive Tax Giveaway to the Rich Global News: Longtime foster MORE