May 2013 First Call’s Child Labour Is No Accident: The Experience of BC’s Working Children brings together original research through interviews and focus groups with existing studies to examine the consequences of child labour laws in BC. The study focused on three areas of potential impact: health and safety, wages and MORE
May 2013 On the eve of publishing the report Child Labour Is No Accident, we received important new data from WorkSafe BC that expands on child work-related injury data and risks working children face in BC. Since it was too late to integrate this new data into the report, we included it as MORE
First Call’s Four Keys to Success for Children and Youth continue to provide a strong framework for our public education, community mobilization and public policy advocacy. Download the annual report to read more First Call highlights of 2012.
December 2012 This update to the annotated bibliography from Early Childhood Development in BC: First Call’s Framework for Action features links to reports by researchers, including Clyde Hertzman and Paul Kershaw, and to websites of organizations, including the Childcare Resource and Research Unit and Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development.
August 2012 The BC Liberal government is trying what no other government in Canada has ever dared to try: fighting poverty without spending more money. The “alleged” poverty reduction strategies announced in April by Mary McNeil, Minister of Children and Family Development, will start in summer 2012 with the help of perhaps 100 MORE
In this publication, First Call provides analysis of the features of the BC Government’s Regional Poverty Reduction Strategies. It comes in part from government news releases, information collected by BC Stats, and a detailed briefing provided by the ministry at First Call’s May 2012 coalition meeting. The “alleged” poverty reduction MORE
July 2011 This briefing note is designed to be a reference document outlining ongoing and critical issues respecting the promotion and protection of child and youth rights within Canada, particularly those within federal jurisdiction. The material is organized by theme: General measures to promote and protect children’s rights Children’s rights MORE
This report provides a brief summary of First Call’s activities and accomplishments to our coalition partner organizations and the public. The coalition welcomed four new partner organizations in 2010, bringing our total list of partners to 95! Download the annual report to read more First Call highlights from 2010.
August 2010 This report from the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks and First Call examines what permanency means for children and youth, what is being done to support family or family-like connections for children and youth in care, and how we can do better at protecting their right MORE
The year 2009 saw new challenges for First Call. We settled in to our office with our new host organization and coalition partner Family Services of Greater Vancouver. Our multi-year Leveling the Playing Field for Families project ended, and the Living Wage for Families Campaign ramped up with the hiring of our MORE
June 2009 Co-sponsored by First Call, Vancouver Foundation and PeerNetBC, this forum brought together First Call partners, youth and youth-serving agencies to examine new research, identify gaps in services to youth and focus our work on advocacy initiatives and policy recommendations to address those gaps. More than 140 people attended, MORE
The First Call coalition added six new members in 2008, bringing the total to 86. Download the annual report to read more First Call highlights from 2008.
September 2008 By Tim Richards, Marcy Cohen, Seth Klein and Deborah Littman Working for a Living Wage is the original full report co-published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition and the Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria. Focused on Greater Vancouver MORE
March 2003, revised 2004 and 2008 The report Early Childhood Development in BC: First Call’s Framework for Action was overwhelmingly endorsed by the First Call coalition in February 2003 and subsequently updated in 2004 and 2008. The Framework for Action defines the components that are essential for an effective early years strategy MORE
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