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
Zero to Three recently released an infographic on Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) to help professionals talk about social and emotional development. It provides the definition of IECMH and illustrates where social and emotional development can be promoted. Zero to Three encourages you to share the resource as a handout MORE
The big news for families with children is that starting in October 2020 a new B.C. Child Opportunity Benefit will replace the Early Childhood Tax benefit. In our annual Child Poverty Report Card we have been calling for improvements to this benefit for years. BC is the only province MORE
Lord Strathcona Elementary parents and concerned community members are calling on Mayor Kennedy Stewart and City Council (Vancouver) to “reject the proposed cuts to the Food4Schools Program, restore full funding for the program, and identify permanent funding.” Add your voice to the call here.
Food Banks Canada’s HungerCount2018 Report includes powerful recommendations to governments including a call to Support the Creation of Standardized, Affordable Early Learning and Childcare Across the Country. Read the full report and four public policy recommendations that would decrease Canadians’ reliance on food banks. In BC, 31% of food bank users were families with MORE
Last week BC’s provincial heath officer (PHO), released the report, Taking the Pulse of the Population: An Update on the Health of British Columbians. One of the four areas highlighted for more attention is early childhood development. The report recommends that government increase support for programs and policies that focus MORE
This week Health Canada released a revised Canada Food Guide. The revised guide steers away from food groups and portion sizes but recommends more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and puts an emphasis on plant-based proteins. With one in every six Canadian children living in households that are food insecure, the revised Food MORE
West Coast LEAF released the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Report Card. The Report Card monitors BC’s compliance with the Convention between reporting periods in order to hold the government accountable to both UN standards and BC women. Although this year’s grades have MORE
A Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada’s news release alerts us to the stalling of Bill S-228, The Child Health Protection Act, an Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (prohibiting food and beverage marketing directed at children) in the Senate due to industry lobbying. “This is exactly why MORE
Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, released her report on the state of public health in Canada, titled, “Preventing Problematic Substance Use in Youth.” The report reveals that Canada’s national life expectancy has decreased for the first time in decades, which may be attributed to the opioid overdose MORE
Vancouver Sun: Susan Russell: Youth leaving foster care need more support Markets Insider: TELUS is giving an unprecedented $120 million to help vulnerable youth reach their full potential CBC News: B.C. mother fighting to retrieve children taken to Lebanon CTV News: B.C. woman says adopted son’s citizenship not being processed, MORE
Toronto.com: (Opinion) Extend Canada Child Benefit to all The Nelson Daily: Op/Ed:Progress on Child Care in BC StarMetro Vancouver: Even social-housing workers are being priced out of Vancouver Global News: Housing crunch pushing even the suburbs out of reach of B.C. families: report Times Colonist: Tent cities a ‘viable first step’ toward solving housing crisis MORE