Poverty Myth Busters – Who you gonna call?

When flat-out wrong ideas about poverty in BC are being thrown around, who you gonna call? The Poverty Myth busters!

Myth #1: Jobs are the answer.

Fact: Most people living in poverty in BC have at least one job.

Watch the video – “Get a job” doesn’t cut it

The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition has launched Poverty Myth Busters, a new campaign brought to you by the Poverty Reduction Action Committee (PRAC).

Please visit the website, watch and share the video, download and put up the poster, and share through Twitter and FaceBook.

Visit povertymythbusters.ca

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What’s getting cut from you school district’s budget? And your kid’s classroom?

Cuts are coming to schools around the province. MLA Playdate has compiled a handy list of school district budget links and related news stories listed by school district number, from the Kootenays to the Okanagan to Prince Rupert and the Lower Mainland.

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New Societies Act goes to first reading in BC legislature

In August 2014, the B.C. government released The Societies Act White Paper: Draft Legislation with Annotations, announcing their intention make significant changes to the Societies Act.

First Call made a submissions as part of the consultation process, expressing concern about the new legislation imposing a minimum age of 18 for directors. First Call partners the Society for Children and Youth of BC and the Federation of Community Social Services of BC also voiced their concerns.

On March 25, 2015, Finance Minister de Jong tabled a bill containing the new Societies Act in the legislature that includes the following changes:

Regarding Section 99: The bill will not contain the draft legislation related to Section 99, the section that would have allowed people to seek court remedies when it was felt nonprofits were not acting in the public interest.

Regarding age of board members: The bill includes a regulatory power to allow inclusion of people 16 and 17 years old to participate as directors.

Find the Societies Act – First Reading here: www.leg.bc.ca/40th4th/1st_read/gov24-1.htm

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Eliminating Poverty in Canada roundtable forums

The federal NDP is seeking input on eliminating poverty in Canada. During the month of April, Jinny Sims, NDP critic for Employment and Social Development, and Sadia Groguhé, deputy critic, are hosting in-person and telephone roundtables on the subject of eliminating poverty in Canada.

Ahead of the roundtable meeting they would like to hear what your top three recommendations would be. Please contact them through the info on the link below.

The location and time for the in-person roundtable in BC is (click on the link to RSVP):

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 (in English only; with Jinny Sims as chair): Strawberry Hill Library, 7399 – 122nd Street, Surrey, BC (10am-12pm PT)

The details for the telephone roundtables are:

ENGLISH: April 22nd, 11am-1pm (EST) with Jinny Sims as chair. Toll-free conference line: 1-877-413-4781 Conference ID: 8478542

FRENCH: April 9th, 10am-12pm (EST) with Sadia Groguhé as chair. **This call will happen in conjunction with the in-person roundtable** Toll-free conference line: 1 877-413-4781 Conference ID: 8478542

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CCPA Alternative Federal Budget 2015 calls for affordable child care, poverty reduction

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative’s Alternative Federal Budget (AFB), now in its 20th year, makes the case for actions that target “poverty and employment growth to strengthen Canada’s economy instead of focusing on creating a surplus in weak economic times.”

The AFB Actions List (page 19) calls for initiatives to:

  • Expand affordable child care. (See the chapter on Child Care, starting page 41)
  • Provide additional investments and supports for First Nations (First Nations, page 70)
  • Create a poverty reduction transfer to provinces (Income Inequality and Poverty, page 101)
  • Cancel income splitting (see Fair and Progressive Taxation, page 23)


  • Currently, the poverty rate among children in Canada is the highest of any age group. The AFB transforms that situation by lifting one out of four children (and their families) out of poverty. (Pages 13-14)
  • Building a quality early childhood education and child care system is the right thing to do for families, women, and children, and the smart thing for Canada. (Page 42)
  • Study after study links poverty with poorer health and higher health care costs, higher justice system costs, more demands on social and community services, more stress on family members, and diminished school success, not to mention huge costs associated with reduced productivity and foregone economic activity. (Page 103)

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Canadian Paediatric Society tips for parents on screen time

Two of the 10 tips for limiting screen time:

  • The Canadian Paediatric Society discourages screen-based activities for children under 2. Limit television watching to less than 1 to 2 hours per day for older children. Avoid making television watching part of your regular daily routine.
  • Consider all electronic media when setting time limits for your family. Television, movies, the Internet (including social media), video games and gaming devices (whether hand-held, or played through a computer or television) all add to your child’s total screen time.

Read all the tips at www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/limiting_screen_time_at_home

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Call for Proposals: Supporting the Health of Victims of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse through Community Programs

The Public Health Agency of Canada has a funding opportunity for community-based programs to support the health of those who have experienced violence or abuse in the home.

There is no deadline to apply. The value of funding per project is a minimum of $125,000 annually. Projects can be two years to five years in duration.

Find more details

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