News Topics: Poverty


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Take Action on Rental Housing

The Rental Housing Task Force was appointed by Premier John Horgan to advise on how to improve security and fairness for renters and rental housing providers throughout the province. Their work includes talking to the public, speaking with Manufactured home park tenants and owners, identifying options to improve security and MORE


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


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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


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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


Campaigns and Issues

Federal Pharmacare campaign

In First Call’s 2017 annual BC Child Poverty Report Card, we called on the federal and provincial governments to work together to introduce universal coverage for all Canadians for prescription drugs, dental care, eye care and hearing aids as essential aspects of health care. Last week, the House of Commons MORE