At our October Coalition Meeting, First Call voted in favour to become a member of the Coalition for Healthy School Food. The BC chapter is the first provincial chapter of the national Coalition for Healthy School Food, a group of 76 organizations seeking federal investment in a Universal Healthy School Food MORE
On the topic of mental health and addictions, the Canadian Mental Health Association – BC Division recently hosted a webinar to discuss the strengths, gaps, and missed opportunities of A Pathway to Hope, the provincial 10-year plan for improving mental health and addiction care. They have uploaded the video from the webinar for MORE
The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) has launched the One Earth One Vote petition that the Government of Canada must: Implement a strong climate action plan that meets our international commitments to keep global warming below catastrophic levels Establish economic equality and ensure social justice Respect and promote the MORE
UNICEF Canada recently launched the Canadian Index of Child and Youth Well-Being. This is a framework to communicate to Canadians what Canada is like for kids from birth to age 18, track progress for their rights and well-being, and guide action to address the greatest challenges. Canada’s middle position among its MORE
A recent UK study researched the association between moving home and moving school frequently and the early childhood formal educational achievement. The study found that children who moved home frequently were more likely not to achieve in formal assessments compared with children not moving. Therefore, the report recommends that children experiencing MORE
The First Nations Health Authority released a breastfeeding wellness teachings resource. It outlines the importance of supporting breastfeeding for mothers and babies alongside the acronym of ‘wellness.’ It ends with listing 4 key message for this resource: Breast Feeding: Reclaiming our Tradition; Wellness is Breastfeeding; It takes a community to raise MORE
The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) recently launched a petition to the federal Ministers of Health and Environment to push for a new review of risks associated with glyphosate and a stronger process for evaluating pesticide risks. CAPE cited a national poll from 2017 that found 9 MORE
Seth Wynes from UBC and coauthor Kimberly A. Nicholas used provincial curriculum to rate the provinces on a scale of zero to three in five different components of climate change education. The study saw that in several regards Canadian climate change education is not consistent with scientific understanding. British Columbia MORE
The Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare recently released their final report after conducting a year of studies and interviews. The report found that approximately 20 per cent of Canadians have inadequate drug coverage or no coverage at all and must pay out of pocket. A recent study found almost MORE
The World Health Organization’s new guidelines outline that children under five must spend less time sitting watching screens, or restrained in prams and seats, get better quality sleep and have more time for active play if they are to grow up healthy. The recommendations include specific guidelines of physical activity for infants MORE
Yellowknives Dene First Nation youth in the Canadian Northwest Territories participated in the ‘On-the-Land Health Leadership Camp,” where they used a strength- and community-based participatory approach through an Indigenous research lens to collect stories from youth through sharing circles, PhotoVoice, mural art, and surveys. The youth found that the emerging MORE
New research compares early childhood health and well-being on a number of important measures in the UK to similar countries, including Canada. Measures include poverty, injuries and poisoning, congenital anomalies, infant mortality, childhood cancer rates, immunizations rates, obesity, life expectancy and more. Click here to read the full report.
McCreary Centre has launched another group of dates for webinars presentations on their 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey. To join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone, please click here. To join the meeting via phone, please dial: +1 (647) 497-9372, Access Code: 514-881-813. Webinar presentations will take place on: May MORE
The BC Centre for Disease Control and the regional health authorities are evaluating the BC Food Costing Report 2017 and Dissemination project. Please use the survey link provide feedback on the Report, Infographic and key messages. The anonymous survey should take about 15 minutes to complete. Deadline for responses is Sunday May 12, 2019.
The Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth invites British Columbians to participate in their special project on assessment and eligibility processes for children and youth with neuro-diverse (e.g.: ASD, FASD, Developmental Delay) special needs. Submissions can be through writing, audio, video, or in-person presentation. The deadline for all input MORE