News Topics: Children and Youth in Care


Child and youth news of the week

StarMetro Vancouver: B.C. begins paying back millions taken from welfare recipients on methadone StarMetro Vancouver: Canada detains migrant kids, too, and it needs to stop, experts say The Globe and Mail: Trump’s zero-tolerance policy inflicts anguish on kids – with toxic health impacts Maclean’s: Trudeau won’t condemn Trump’s migrant policy. MORE


Campaigns and Issues

BC Coroners Death Review Panel: Review of MCFD-Involved Youth Transitioning to Independence

The BC Coroners Service convened a death review panel in December 2017 to review the circumstances of young people who died while transitioning to independence from government child services between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2016. The report found high rates of suicide, mental health issues, drug overdose deaths and a MORE


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Final report of the Advisory Committee on Homelessness

The federal Advisory Committee on Homelessness was announced in June 2017 with a mandate to provide context for homelessness in Canada and outline recommendations. In their most recent report, the committee notes specific recommendations for sub-populations at risk of homelessness. Youth homelessness was an area of specific concern for the Committee due to 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


Child and Youth News of the Week

Policy Note: Mobility pricing: An idea whose time has come? CCPA: BC government decision to continue excluding farm workers from minimum wage protection very disappointing CBC News: Province says new legislation will keep Indigenous communities involved in children’s welfare Yukon News: Yukon delegation visits First Nations-led child welfare agencies in B.C. StarMetro Vancouver: For B.C.’s MORE


Campaigns and Issues

Premier John Horgan responds to Youth Policy Solutions Day Policy Memorandum

In October 2017, First Call co-hosted a Youth Policy Solutions Day with Vancouver Foundation’s Fostering Change initiative, where we developed a policy memorandum that we sent to Premier John Horgan. He has sent a response that outlines future steps and addresses our recommendations. We are grateful for the detailed response and are optimistic with the choice to MORE