News Topics: Child Health

Campaigns and Issues

$10aDay Campaign: Urge Government to Continue Moving Forward

The newest petition launched by the $10aDay Campaign expresses appreciation for the BC government’s bold steps to address the child care situation in BC. The government is lowering parent fees, raising educator wages and education, and creating more licensed spaces. $10aDay Campaign thanks everyone who has participated in the campaign MORE

Child and youth news of the week

The Province: Province partners with Union of B.C. Municipalities to create child-care spaces Clearwater Times: New Indigenous child care opening in Clearwater CTV News: Indigenous families struggled for health care before Jordan’s Principle: summit Benzinga: First Nations-Driven Implementation Essential, Says AFN National Chief on Federal Investment in Early Learning and MORE


Nanaimo State of the Child

The Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership released their third State of the Child Report that supports investments in the first years of a child’s life and highlights how the community supports the positive development of young people. It provides an overview of the situations of family and economic wellbeing, health and wellness, MORE

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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