Publication Topics: Education (Post-Secondary)


Letters and Submissions

First Call Urges BC Mayors and Councils to Support BC Children and Youth at UBCM Convention

September 2014 With several significant resolutions regarding the rights and well-being of children and youth coming forward at the 2014 Union of BC Municipalities convention, this open letter to BC’s mayors and councils urged resource support for sexually exploited children and youth, trades and technology skills training and a $10/day MORE


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2015 Provincial Budget Submission: Make BC’s Children and Youth the Priority for “Balanced Budget 2015”

September 2014 First Call submitted this written brief to the BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. (Each fall, the Select Standing Committee holds province-wide public consultations on the next provincial budget, then drafts recommendations based on the input given.) The brief was framed in child-rights language, with MORE


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2015 Federal Budget Submission: A Call for a Budget That Pays Attention to Canada’s Children

August 2014 First Call submitted its written brief A Call for a Budget That Pays Attention to Canada’s Children as part of the federal pre-budget 2015’s consultation process. The brief’s recommendations touched on four key areas for action: Improving supports for young families and their children Reducing income inequality and health MORE


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Minister Cadieux Responds to Youth-in-Care Recommendations

July 2014 In this letter, Minister Cadieux’s responded on behalf of Premier Clark regarding First Call’s June 2014 recommendations for improving youth-in-care transitions. Minister Cadieux referred to steps already taken regarding such transitions, including government’s 2013 collaboration with the Federation of Youth in Care Network and the Adoptive Families Association MORE


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First Call Urges Premier Clark to Improve Youth-in-Care Transitions

June 2014 Mid-June, First Call sent a letter to Premier Christy Clark in support of the recommendations in the report On Their Own: Examining the Needs of BC Youth as They Leave Government Care, released April 2014 by Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, the BC representative for children and youth. “These are MORE


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2013 Provincial Budget Submission: Time to Stop the Neglect and Invest in Our Children

October 2012 In October 2012 First Call made a presentation and written submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2013 provincial budget. (Each fall, the Select Standing Committee holds province-wide public consultations on the next provincial budget, then drafts recommendations for the budget based MORE


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2012 Provincial Budget Analysis

August 2012 This budget analysis compared First Call’s recommendations to the province’s Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services and the committee’s recommendations relating to child and youth issues, as published in First Call’s Report on the Budget 2012 Consultations – with the actual budget commitments made by the MORE


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2013 Federal Budget Submission: Supporting a Sustainable Society with Children in Mind

August 2012 This submission was First Call’s response to the federal Standing Committee on Finance’s online questionnaire regarding the 2013 federal budget. The questionnaire was narrowly focused on economic recovery/growth and job creation/productivity, among other challenges.


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Letter to Minister Yamamoto in Support of Canadian Federation of Students Day of Action

January 2012 In this letter to Minister of Advanced Education Naomi Yamamoto, First Call expresses its support of the Education Is a Right campaign of coalition member the Canadian Federation of Students-British Columbia. First Call argues: “Unaffordability is undermining young BC residents’ right to a post-secondary education at a time MORE


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2012 Provincial Budget Speaking Notes

September 2011 These are First Call Provincial Coordinator Adrienne Montani’s 2011 speaking notes from her presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2012 provincial budget. (Each fall, the Select Standing Committee holds province-wide public consultations on the next provincial budget, then drafts recommendations for MORE


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2012 Federal Budget Submission: Invest More in Children

August 2011 First Call submitted three recommendations to the federal Standing Committee on Finance during pre-budget consultations on the 2012 federal budget: Place a high priority on increasing Canada’s annual investments in early childhood care and learning, from the current 0.25% of GDP to the recommended UNICEF benchmark of 1% MORE


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Open Letter to Premier-Designate Christy Clark on Child and Family Policy Recommendations

March 2011 First Call applauds Premier-Designate Christy Clark’s commitment to policies that support families and hopes that the first items on her child poverty agenda – eliminating the training wage, raising the minimum wage and increasing the Working Income Tax Benefit – can be done quickly. We also offer recommendations MORE


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2011 Provincial Pre-Budget Submission

October 2010 First Call made this submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2011 provincial budget. (Each fall, the Select Standing Committee holds province-wide public consultations on the next provincial budget, then drafts recommendations for the budget based on the input given.) First Call’s MORE


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First Call Recommendations for Canada’s 3rd and 4th Reports on Children’s Rights

July 2008 Recommendations for Preparation of Canada’s 3rd and 4th Reports on Children’s Rights Submitted by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition is pleased to provide the following suggestions for Canada’s 3rd and 4th Reports on our progress in implementing MORE