CPJ federal election bulletin – Questions to ask candidates

This bulletin by the Centre for Public Justice offers a public justice perspective on its four priority issues: poverty elimination, climate justice, refugee rights and democracy in Canada. It also includes a series of questions for candidates that you can raise at local debates or when candidates come to your door.

Download it here

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Provincial student loans now replaced with grants in Newfoundland and Labrador

Kudos to the Canadian Federation of Students – Newfoundland and Labrador (CFS-NL)for their advocacy to reduce student debt. As of August 1, 2015, the NL provincial government has replaced provincial student loans with non-repayable grants. BC could do this too!

Read the government news release

Read about it in CBC News

Read the CFS-NL Fund the Future position statement

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SCY offers free resources within BC during August

The Society for Children and Youth of BC is offering free resources for BC organizations during the month of August. These resources will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Check out the list and order today! The deadline is August 31.

By hanging up one of SCY’s posters, or sharing information with your clients about children’s rights, you are helping to:

  • Increase understanding about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Promote societies’ shared responsibility to children and youth
  • Encourage the healthy development of children and youth

You can also subscribe to SCY’s monthly Child Rights e-newsletter to stay informed on current issues, opportunities and resources. Sign up here.

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Quality in family child care: A focus group study with Canadian providers

This article, published in the Early Childhood Education Journal, discusses the seven key caregiver behaviours and physical space characteristics identified as essential for quality by 62 providers who participated in 12 focus groups across Canada. The article ends with a discussion of the policy and practice implications that arise from the study’s findings. Find out more

Source: CSRL E-news

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West Coast LEAF seeks stories for women’s right to child care project

West Coast LEAF is seeking stories for the September launch of their new women’s right to child care project and will gather stories from now until December. The project will show how a lack of accessible child care impacts women’s lives, including such diverse experiences as:

  • Women who cannot access reliable child care because of  non-traditional or sporadic work schedules
  • Women who struggle to get off income assistance because of child care costs (or gap in subsidies and actual costs)
  • Women working low-wage jobs who cannot afford child care (or gap in subsidies and actual costs)
  • Women who struggle to leave family violence because of child care costs and their implications for financial independence
  • Women who would find respite child care to support their parenting
  • Grandmothers caring for grandkids in their retirement because their children don’t have access to child care

If you have a child care story to tell or know someone who does, please contact Kendra Milne legal@westcoastleaf.org

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2015 Fostering Change grants available – Deadline September 14

Fostering Change, the Vancouver Foundation’s youth homelessness initiative, offers grants that provide funding for community-based strategies across the Lower Mainland that build capacity to support youth in-and-from foster care to find the resources and relationships they need in their transition to adulthood and connection to community.

There are three types of grants: Youth Partnership Grants (up to $25,000), Community Planning and Engagement Grants (up to $50,000), and Multi-Year Strategies (up to $225,000 total over three years).

The deadline for letters of intent is September 14, 2015. Find out more at https://www.vancouverfoundation.ca/grants/youth-homelessness-initiative-grants

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Applications are now being accepted for Next Up 2015/16 – Deadline September 15

In this leadership program, young people committed to social and environmental justice will dive into a number of topics and disciplines, combining theory, practice, deep thinking and hard skills, and look at some of the most pressing Canadian policy issues. They will consider where “progressive” thinking is on these issues and how to solve them. They’ll look at how change is made in society and meet some of the most innovative change-makers in the province – from the non-profit, labour, business and public sectors – who are working for a better world.

The application deadline for Next Up BC in Vancouver is Tuesday, September 15, 2015 and the program runs October 2015 to May 2016. Find application details

First Call staff member Sarena Talbot is a Next Up alumnus and highly recommends it!

Apply now

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