News Topics: Child Health

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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

Child and Youth New of the Week

CHEK News: UVic professor Michael Prince appointed new chair of Community Living British Columbia CBC News: B.C. government hints exemptions to new health payroll tax on the way — but not for cities CNC News: B.C. Ombudsperson’s report shows thousands of welfare recipients unfairly penalized CNC News: Students with special needs in B.C. still 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


Aboriginal Head Start On-Reserve (AHSOR) program expansion

AHSOR is a holistic, community-based program designed to enhance early childhood development, school readiness and overall family health and wellness for First Nations children. The First Nations Health Authority has secured $10.5M of funding from the province of BC to invest in the expansion of AHSOR programming. Communities seeking to MORE

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Indigenous children apprehensions

Earlier this month, the Huu-ay-aht First Nation declared a public health emergency regarding the increasing number of Indigenous children taken into care by the Provincial Government. The previous month the Huu-ay-aht Nation challenged MCFD in B.C. Supreme Court after a 3-day-old child was apprehended in January with inadequate information provided to the new mother. MORE

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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

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Add your voice to the urgent need to raise welfare and disability rates

First Call is disappointed that welfare and disability rates were not raised in the BC budget announcement. From the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition website you can send a message to the BC Government’s Poverty Reduction Consultations (as well as Premier John Horgan and Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction 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