Publication Type: In the News

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First Call in the News – September 2018

Columbia Institute e-news: Putting children and youth on the municipal agenda My Cowichan Valley Now: Province makes first step towards poverty reduction strategy BC Government News: Historic legislation sets targets, timelines to reduce poverty Vancouver Sun: B.C. NDP sets anti-poverty target, but won’t reveal how it will be done until next year Global News: B.C. MORE

Letters and Submissions

Submission Calling for Employment Standards that Protect Children from Exploitation and Injury

Today, First Call submitted recommendations to the Ministry of Labour and The Law Institute of B.C. calling for better government protection for children who are working. First Call’s recommendations provide a framework for the B.C. government to develop employment standards consistent with Canada’s commitment to establish 16 as the age MORE

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First Call in the News – August 2018

Municipal World: Canadian Public Spending: Going Green and Getting More Social (print only) NewsWire: Open letter urges Prime Minister to make good on his commitment to the right to housing Terrace Standard: Rotary launches program to help feed hungry students

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First Call in the News – July 2018

Vancouver Sun: More than $5 million in disability claims paid to kids 15 and under injured on the job in B.C. CBC Radio: Child and youth advocates say “Twelve is too young to work” CBC News: Child and youth advocates say “Twelve is too young to work” The Province: Adrienne Montani: B.C. needs better MORE

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First Call in the News – May 2018

Comox Valley Record: Editorial: Living wage leaves little room to spare StarMetro Vancouver: Mortality Rate for Youth in Care Exponentially Higher Than Average BC Coroner Service Report Shows Terrace Standard: Terrace childcare wages, training a priority: minister Evidence Network: Aging out of Foster Care with No Number to Call – an interview with Dylan MORE

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First Call in the News – April 2018

The Star Vancouver: Vancouver struggling to keep up with demand for youth housing Revelstoke Mountaineer: Revelstoke’s living wage increases for 2018, remains fourth highest in BC Revelstoke Review: Living wage increases sixty cents to $19.37 an hour The Star Vancouver: Living wage climbs alongside housing costs in Metro Vancouver My Prince George Now: Living Wage MORE

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First Call in the News – March 2018

March: Early On: Hunger for an end to child poverty March: Hilary Statton: Paying a living wage makes business sense April: BC increases funding, age limit for you aging out of government care

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First Call in the News – February 2018

February: Dylan Cohen: More educational support needed from government for kids leaving foster care February: Parents hope for relief from ‘child care chaos’ in B.C. budget February: Multi-million dollar investment to AYA program ‘a step in the right direction’: youth advocate February: BC eliminating prescription deductibles for people earning under MORE


Op-ed: B.C.’s child poverty story needs to change

Published November 21, 2017, in The Province By Adrienne Montani A generational opportunity to change the child-poverty story in B.C. is knocking. The provincial NDP government and the B.C. Green party have committed to work together to design and implement a province-wide poverty reduction strategy. The new cabinet includes a minister MORE

2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card

Media release: November 21, 2017 Looking for Action to Change BC’s Child Poverty Story Data in the 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released today by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, highlights the income inequality that leaves far too many British Columbia families struggling to cover basic MORE

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First Call in the News – November 2017

Vancouver Sun: A kid who grew up in the projects is now in charge of reducing poverty in B.C. Vancouver Sun: Children of single parents at greatest risk of poverty, B.C. report card says Province: Adrienne Montani: B.C.’s child poverty story needs to change CBC: Report calls on federal and provincial policies to address MORE

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First Call in the News – October 2017

Roundhouse Radio: International Day to Eradicate Poverty Tyee: Youth in Care Want Politicians to Follow Up on Promises Oak Bay News: Rally held for B.C. youth aging out of foster care Times Colonist: Young people who were in care seek better services after aging out CBC: Ministry ‘working hard’ to increase support for youth aging MORE


A Coalition of Advocacy

John Kennedy The past few years have brought much greater public awareness of what youth in foster care face at 19 as they age out of the system, and what adequate funding and community support can do to prevent sudden homelessness—or worse—at that critical life transition. A growing body of MORE