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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)


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Submission to Ministry of Labour on Employment Standards for Children

In November 2019, First Call responded to the Ministry of Labour’s call for submissions on child employment standards regulation. We’re optimistic that new legislation and the accompanying regulations will better protect children from accidents, injury and exploitation while working in BC. We appreciate the Ministry has received many submissions, including MORE


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Submission on Potential Changes to BC Human Rights Tribunal Complaints From Minors

Last summer, the BC Human Rights Tribunal contacted First Call seeking feedback on recommendations in the report The Working Group on Strengthening Tribunal Processes for Representative Complaints. Specifically, the Tribunal sought input on recommendations with regard to representative complaints brought on behalf of children and on building a child-centred approach MORE


First Call Monthly Updates

September 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’s Federal Election Toolkit Launch of Federal Riding Factsheets Fundraising Gala Speaker Announcement ECD Roundtable Letter to Government on Child Care Capital Funding in BC MORE


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First Call in the News – October 2019

Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News: Cost of living drops for families in Tofino and Ucluelet Times Colonist: Greater Victoria homes slightly more affordable: Vital Signs report Times Colonist: Let’s take poverty and health seriously Penticton Western News: One in five children in Penticton living in poverty The Tyee: In an election about affordability, we aren’t we talking MORE


Election Toolkits

2019 Federal Election Toolkit

October 21, 2019 is Election Day in Canada. On that day, eligible voters exercise their right to vote for one of the candidates in their riding to represent them in the federal House of Commons. The purpose of the 2019 Federal Election Toolkit is to support individuals and community groups in their MORE