News Topics: Child Rights


Media Release: Most British Columbians Unaware That Children Allowed to Work at 12 Years of Age

Media Release For immediate release July 6, 2018 Opinion Survey Finds Most British Columbians Unaware That Children Allowed to Work at 12 Years of Age Vancouver – A June public opinion survey commissioned by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition found that only 6% of British Columbians could MORE


Children’s Rights at Centre of Family Law Reform

On May 22, 2018, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould introduced Bill C-78 to the House during its second reading. The bill amends the Divorce Act to establish frameworks, terminology, and processes related to the best interests of the child, amongst other amendments. The Canadian Coalition for the MORE


Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre Workshops

The Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre has announced their upcoming Vancouver-based workshops for this summer. Reconciliation and Indigenous Place (Wednesday July 4th) will discuss how to introduce social justice issues to young children and decolonize early childhood practices. Engaging Plural Identities (Wednesday July 11th)  unpacks the idea of plural and multiple identities for children. Click 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

Campaigns and Issues

Inclusion BC report: Stop Hurting Kids II

 Inclusion BC released their report, Stop Hurting Kids II: Restraint & Seclusion in BC Schools, containing the results of their provincial survey of parents and guardians of students with special needs. The report reveals that restraint and seclusion are still being routinely used instead of positive behaviour support programs in MORE

Campaigns and Issues

Repeal s.43 missing from proposed Criminal Code amendments

First Call is disappointed to see that proposed amendments to Canada’s Criminal Code do not include repeal of section 43, Correction of Child by Force.  Minister Wilson-Raybould promised to repeal s.43, as part of the government’s pledge to implement all the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action – see #6 under Education. MORE


Tri-Cities Charter and the Action Plan

The Tri-Cities Children’s Charter of Rights and Action Plan was recently launched and includes 12 Rights that collaboratively fosters places where children feel heard, make friends, feel loved, are safe, feel included and get engaged in exploring their creativity and intellect. They have identified 4 Rights that could use focused MORE

Child and Youth News of the Week

CBC News: ‘Urgency’ needed to meet Gladue requirements in B.C. for Indigenous offenders CBC News: Shadows and promises in Attawapiskat The Peak: Is universal basic income an effective social policy? Times Colonist: Bikers rumble up to courthouse, ready to help abused children CBC News: Students with specific learning needs suffering after court ruling on MORE