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Letters and Submissions

First Call Submission to BC’s Budget Consultation

At the end of June, First Call submitted our recommendations to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services as they consider spending priorities in the next provincial budget. This year, in the midst of uncertainty about how COVID-19 has (and will continue to) affect BC’s children, youth and MORE


Letters and Submissions

ECD Roundtable Letter to Minister

Today, First Call’s Early Childhood Development Roundtable (ECDRT) wrote to Ministers Chen and Conroy to share concerns expressed by the forty-three people from around the province who participated in our March 25th meeting. Many issues raised were related to the fragility of providers of early child development services and the MORE


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First Call in the News – February 2020

FIRST CALL IN THE NEWS CBC News: Child care, housing top of mind for parents ahead of  BC budget The Tyee: Budget 2020: New taxes on pop and the rich, plus a boost for health care Eagle Valley News: The price of poverty: Schools, community notice more people in Salmon Arm struggling The MORE


First Call Monthly Updates

February 2020 Monthly Update

Welcome to our monthly update about First Call’s advocacy work and key developments in child and youth policy in BC. Highlights this month include: First Call Fundraising Gala 2020 a Success! Fostering Change Campaign Update First Call Responds to BC Budget 2020 Making Ends Meet Project Launch Event: March 7 MORE


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First Call in the News – January 2020

FIRST CALL IN THE NEWS The Tyee: One in Five Children Still Live in Poverty in BC. Can We Ever Improve? Vancouver Sun: Another generation of B.C. children has grown up in poverty: new report Global TV: Health Matters: BC Child Poverty Report Card CKNW: First Call releases Child Poverty Report Card (January 14) Vancouver MORE


First Call Monthly Updates

January 2020 Monthly Update

Welcome to our monthly update about First Call’s advocacy work and key developments in child and youth policy in BC. Highlights this month include: First Call’s BC Child Poverty Report Card and Regional Factsheets Released ECD Roundtable hears about the Nurse-Family Partnership Job Posting at First Call: Living Wage for MORE


First Call Monthly Updates

December 2019 Monthly Update

Welcome to our monthly update about First Call’s advocacy work and key developments in child and youth policy in BC. Highlights this month include: Living Wage for Families Campaign News and Wins BC Child Poverty Report Card Upcoming Release Contribute to the Making Ends Meet Participatory Action Research Project Fostering MORE


Letters and Submissions

Letter from Minister Mark – Fostering Change

On December 18, 2019, Honourable Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, wrote a letter to Fostering Change Community Organizers and adult allies. In the letter, she references Policy Solutions Day 2019 and thanks organizers for their determination to make BC’s child welfare system more comprehensive and universal. MORE


First Call Monthly Updates

November 2019 Monthly Update

Welcome to our monthly update about First Call’s advocacy work and key developments in child and youth policy in BC. Highlights this month include: First Call Holiday Schedule: Closed December 23-January 3 Letters to Federal Party Leaders re Healthy School Food Submission on Potential Changes to BC Human Rights Tribunal MORE


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First Call in the News – December 2019

CBC Radio: Helesia was interviewed about child poverty the morning of their Food Bank Day, Dec 6th. CBC: A mother should never ever have to be put in this position’: Chilliwack mom on brink of homelessness CFAX 1070: Adam Stirling Hour 3 – December 23 (starts at 21:35)