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Provincial poverty reduction strategy consultations continue

The BC Government community meetings to gather input to form BC’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy are on-going throughout the province in February and March. The next few are happening February 17 (Prince George), March 3 (North Vancouver), and March 10 (Vancouver). Check out the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition website for extensive information MORE


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BCGEU launches Affordable BC Plan to address housing affordability crisis

With the help of experts in the field, First Call coalition member the BC Government & Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) has come up with a plan that tackles the affordability crisis by curbing speculation and making investments into housing and infrastructure. The plan includes reforming property taxes to target speculators, MORE


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Early Childhood Education Report released

The Early Childhood Education Report has been released every three years since 2011. The 2017 report was released last week, which evaluates the quality of provincial and territorial early years services by looking at details of each jurisdiction. Nineteen benchmarks, organized into five equally weighted categories, evaluate governance structures, funding levels, access, 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


Child and youth news of the week

CBC News: Human rights complaint filed against Neufeld and the school board Global News: Chilliwack trustee Barry Neufeld faces call from parents’ group to resign Province: Chilliwack teachers say education board has created ‘toxic’ environment Global News: Union files human rights complaint against trustee Barry Neufeld and Chilliwack school board Abbotsford News: Chilliwack board of MORE


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Chilliwack Board of Education asks trustee Barry Neufeld to resign

Following the Chilliwack District Parent Advisory Council’s call last month for Chilliwack trustee Barry Neufeld’s resignation in response to his public attacks on provincial LGBTQ curriculum, early last week the Chilliwack Teachers’ Association passed a motion of non-confidence against the Chilliwack Board of Education, citing inaction following controversial comments Neufeld MORE


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One week left to grab your tickets for the First Call Gala on February 1!

First Call is honoured to have Grand Chief Ed John, Tl’azt’en Nation, join us as a keynote speaker at the event. Join us on February 1, 2018 for an unforgettable night dedicated to children’s rights in BC. Raffi will receive the First Call Champion of Child and Youth Rights Award MORE


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Child and youth news of the week

Surrey Now-Leader: An ongoing struggle with poverty CBC News: High school graduation rates up for Indigenous, special needs students Huffpost: Discriminating against the poor is illegal, should change CBC News: JJ Bean gives Ontario minimum wage to staff because it’s the right thing to do CBC News: Free daycare for low income families announced for MORE


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Poverty reduction consultations dates and small grants for communities

The government has announced all the dates for the provincial consultation on poverty reduction taking place across the province. Please see below for detailed information on the consultation dates in communities throughout BC. In addition, government recognizes that certain groups experiencing poverty and those living in rural/remote communities may face MORE