Please check out the Living Wage for Families Campaign’s great new fact sheets, available at www.livingwageforfamilies.ca/:
Kudos to First Call partner the Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia for winning the 2013 City of Vancouver Access and Inclusion Award.
The association, which will be 60 years old in 2014, has been recognized for its lengthy history and outstanding contributions to the lives of persons with disabilities. CPABC began in 1954, with a group of parents who came together to help their children living with cerebral palsy reach their maximum potential within the community (www.bccerebralpalsy.com).
“We gratefully acknowledge this award from the City of Vancouver, and the awareness it brings to our services and to CP itself,” says Feri Dehdar, CPABC executive director. “We hope this award will help us to highlight some of the overlooked issues affecting individuals and families touched by CP in this province, for example, the gap in youth services and the need for employment opportunities and social inclusion.”
The Tri-Cities Homelessness & Housing Task Group has published a report on the unmet needs for housing for female single parents and their dependent children in the Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody). The report contains a wealth of information – demographics, an inventory of existing housing and supports, information on vulnerable populations, and project priorities and needed services.
According to the report, between 200 and 300 women with children fleeing violence stay at the Tri-Cities transition house each year with roughly double that number who are turned away. There were 750 female single-parent head of households paying more than 50% of their income in housing in the Tri-Cities - women and children who require more affordable housing.
Find the report here
Canada ranks 60th out of 165 countries in a new global index that monitors the status of children’s rights around the world.
An initiative of the children’s rights organization KidsRights Foundation and the Erasmus University, the KidsRights Index draws on data from the Concluding Observations adopted by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child and from UNICEF’s annual State of the World’s Children reports.
The KidsRights Index is based on five domains - the right to life, health, education, protection and child rights environment (such as legislation, allocation of resources and availability of data) – and 23 indicators.
Canada was deemed a relatively low-ranking state with an overall record that is “reasonable.” Our country gets the lowest score (of one) on two indicators (best interests and data gathering) and middle-level scores (of two) on four remaining indicators (legislation; respect for the views of the child/participation and state-civil society cooperation).
The country-ranking will be published yearly. Visit www.kidsrightsindex.org for more information.
In this final part of a four-part series, the Society for Children and Youth of BC looks again at real-life cases of how the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) has been used in the Canadian legal system.
Part 4 focuses on a child’s right to development: culture, identity, family connections and education. It looks at how the courts have dealt with:
- Children and immigration
- The right to know your biological origins
- The ’60s Scoop
- The UNCRC and the right to religion versus the right to an education in custody cases
Read the entire series, including Part 4, here
Thursday, December 5th, 9:00-10:30 am
Social housing and food security are two factors that are linked to the health and well-being of many British Columbians. But at least 11% of households in BC experience food insecurity. The proportion of food insecure households in social housing is up to seven times higher than the BC average.
How can we increase access to healthy food and remove health barriers for people in need? This webinar brings together three speakers on these issues to provide their different perspectives, from policy to practice at the community, regional and provincial level: Lianne Carley from Population Health, Vancouver Coastal Health; Judy Walsh, tenant support worker at the Nanaimo Affordable Housing Society; and Michael Kierszenblat, regional operations manager at BC Housing.
Join BCHLA on December 5 from 9:00 to 10:30 am and share your questions and perspectives with our speakers.
An information evening for Punjabi-speaking families
Thursday, December 5th, 2013, 5:30-8:30 pm
Surrey School District Office 14033 – 92 Avenue Surrey, BC
Free but seats are limited. Please pre-register. Priority will be given to family members.
Siblings, parents, grandparents and neighbours are welcome to this community event aimed at increased awareness of the potential of children and adults with autism. English-Punjabi translation will be provided. This event has been organized by Autism Community Training’s (ACTwww.actcommunity.ca) South Asian Autism Committee. You are welcome to send your questions to ACT in advance so they can address your concerns. Call Ruby Bhandal at 604-205-5467 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more info, download the flyer (pdf in English & Punjabi) here
The speakers in the panel discussion include:
- Dr. Vikram Dua, BC Children’s Hospital
- Rina Dulku, Surrey Centre for Child Development
- Dr. Karen Bopp, Ministry of Children & Family Development
- Parbinder Bains, Surrey School District
- Preetinder Narang, Behavior Consultant
- Deborah Pugh, ACT – Autism Community Training