March 2017 First Call Coalition Meeting Agenda

First Call Coalition Meeting
BC Teachers’ Federation Building, 550 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
9:15 to 11:30 am – Refreshments served at 9 am


1. Welcome and introductions

2. First Call updates

  • Fundraising Gala
  • Provincial election tool kit
  • Living Wage for Families Campaign update
  • Poverty Free BC Week of Action (Feb. 25-Mar. 4)
  • Presentations and other publications (see below)

3. Bernard Richard, Representative for Children and Youth

4. b4stage4 Campaign, Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division

5. BC Budget impacts and information

6. Member updates

7. Adjournment



Community Presentations February–March 2017

Health Science Association: First Call advocacy campaigns

HiVE: Promoting Living Wage Employers

Amalgamated Bank: Living Wage campaign and Poverty Reduction Coalition

Webinar on living wage communities across Alberta

CLC – Winter School: Living wage presentation to labour council executive

City of Richmond – City Hall: Living wage and poverty reduction presentation to City of Richmond planning committee

City of Richmond – City Hall: Living wage and poverty reduction presentation to City of Richmond Council Meeting

Comcast Media: On post-secondary education at public telephone town hall


Media Hits

CBC News: Poverty hard on B.C. students and teachers, educator says

Maytree: Securing fair employment and income: Where Living Wage and the Fight for $15 and Fairness intersect

Prince George Citizen: Poverty a barrier to child health, Northern Health finds

Vancouver Metro News: Making a ‘stink’: B.C. welfare rates have ‘bean’ too low, say fundraiser protest planners

Vancouver Sun: Opinion: Time to make investing in B.C. families our top priority

Huffington Post: Poverty Violates Human Rights. Canada Must Do More to Defeat It

Tyee: BC Best Province for Low Taxes? Uh, Not for Poor Families

CBC On the Coast: Live broadcast – Adrienne Montani commentary on the provincial budget

Northern Sentinel: Northern Health looks to address poverty

Vancouver Courier: Fred UnLEEshed: Feb. 27, 2017: Fred Lee celebrates with women entrepreneurs, First Call B.C. and Best of the City

Tyee: Raw Logs and Lost Jobs: How the BC Government Has Sacrificed Forest Communities

FCSSBC: Life in BC Snapshot: 2017, Poverty & Inequality

CCCABC: $10 a Day Child Care: A Key to Ending Family Poverty

Vancouver Courier: Mayor blames province for ‘war on the poor’