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Canadian Pharmacare Plan – Call to Action

The federal government has announced their commitment to researching national pharmacare.  The Canadian Labour Congress has produced a petition where you can sign to express your support for a Canada-wide pharmacare plan that is universal, accessible, affordable, portable, and national. The national campaign pushes for a universal prescription drug plan that covers MORE


Children’s Rights and Family Law Reform Submission by the CCRC

The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) has released a submission that recognizes and appreciates the government’s plan to modernize Canada’s family laws. The submission recommends additions for the realization of children’s rights. Canadian law must explicitly include: giving priority to the best interests of the child in decisions and MORE


Children’s Rights and Environments: 2018 Call for Manuscripts

The Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights is welcoming manuscripts from academics, researchers, community partners and young people that address the broad theme of Children’s Rights and Environments. The Editors encourage a variety of contributions including scholarly essays, original research articles, comparative analyses, critical reviews, advocacy and policy articles as well MORE

Child and youth news of the week

CBC News: Ottawa to increase funding for First Nations child welfare services National Observer: B.C.’s budget calls for momentous change in housing, childcare CBC News: Record check misses ‘shocking revelations’ in B.C. Children’s Ministry file Global Newswire: BC Supreme Court grants Huu-ay-aht mother more access to her newborn The Tyee: MORE

Child and youth news of the week

National Observer: BC working on big changes for Indigenous child welfare Times Colonist: Victoria sobering centre to start taking older teens Province: Dylan Cohen: More educational support needed from government for kids leaving foster care Castlegar Source: OP/ED: BC Poverty Reduction Coalition says minimum wage hikes inadequate Global News: Foster parents say contract terminated after MORE


Federal government launches budget consultation

The federal government has launched a consultation on budget 2018 consisting of four online surveys called #yourbudget2018. The four surveys, on the progress for the middle class, the economy of tomorrow, lifelong learning and gender equality, are now available online. Access the federal surveys here. Read First Call’s submission to the MORE

Campaigns and Issues

First Call’s 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card

Data in the First Call 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released November 21, highlights how growing income inequality among BC families has one in five, or 18.3%, of our children living in poverty. Other key findings from the 2015 data include: This represents 153,300 children under age 18, a decrease MORE