May 2017 First Call Coalition Meeting Agenda

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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
9:15 to 11:30 am – Refreshments served at 9 am


BRING YOUR BEAR TO THE COALITION MEETINGOn May 10, people across British Columbia will bring their teddy bears to work, school, daycare and everywhere to “bear witness” to Canada’s continued failure to live up to Jordan’s Principle.

In recognition of Bear Witness Day, we invite you to bring your teddy bears to the coalition meeting. We’ll take a photo and share it on social media. #JordansPrinciple #Waiting4UCanada

1. Welcome and introductions

2. First Call updates

  • As Word Spreads podcast episode 4
  • Fostering Change youth policy project
  • Living Wage for Families Campaign update
  • Campaign to repeal s. 43 of the Criminal Code
  • Letter re access barriers to applying for income assistance
  • Victoria Day event: Child Poverty Then and Now
  • Presentations and other publications (see below)

3. Provincial Election Post-Mortem: Where to from here?

4. Anastasia Gaisenok, Check Your Head: The Youth Global Education Network – Income Inequality Project and other cool stuff

5. Caroline Kent, BCGEU – What is Component 3 anyway?

6. Member updates

7. Adjournment



Community Presentations April 2017

Columbia Institute on poverty and the living wage

Meeting with Unifor workers on the living wage

Provincial election webinar on poverty reduction, child poverty and the living wage

Vancouver Community College nursing class on First Call, child poverty and income inequality


Recent Publications

April: Living wage 2017: Metro Vancouver families face increasing child care and housing costs

April: Deanna Ogle: Living Wage — fill a prescription or fill the gas tank?

April: Election 2017 party responses to First Call coalition questions

May: Open Letter Regarding Access Barriers to Applying for Income Assistance


Media Hits

CBC – On the Coast: Political panel for start of 2017 prov election

Times Colonist: Trevor Hancock: Child poverty is outrageous and unhealthy

Times Colonist: Victoria’s living wage for young families eases — to $71,315

My Prince George Now: North Central BC’s Living Wage eclipses $16.39 in 2017

Abbotsford News: Fraser Valley living wage drops by 38 cents

Metro Vancouver: Living wage in Metro Vancouver pegged at $20.62: report

Province: Living Wage fill a prescription or fill the gas tank?

Revelstoke Mountaineer: Study: Revelstoke’s ‘living wage’ is fourth highest in B.C.

Revelstoke Current: A living wage in Revelstoke. Do you earn $18.77 an hour

Sooke Online Daily Pocket News: Living Wage in the CRD hovers around $20/hour

Revelstoke Times Review: Revelstoke’s living wage amongst highest in B.C.

Globe and Mail: A growing divide

CBC Early Edition: Softwood lumber and child poverty: Were Clark’s debate claims accurate?

Vancouver Sun: Fact check: Liberals says child poverty down by half, but experts question the claim