Living wage event, June 2: What’s Happening with the Living Wage in Vancouver?

Tuesday, June 2
6:30–8:30 pm
Alma VanDusen Room
Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Facebook event page
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Everyone welcome!
Refreshments and child care provided (advanced notice required).

For more information and to request childcare, please contact info@livingwageforfamilies.ca or 604-975-3347.

The Living Wage for Families Campaign has been running an Adopt-a-Councillor campaign. Throughout the spring, members of community organizations and unions have been meeting with city councilors to encourage the City of Vancouver to publicly announce a commitment and timeline for implementing a living wage policy.

Join us to hear updates on the Adopt-a-Councillor campaign and to plan next steps for the Living Wage for Families Campaign.

The update will include a panel discussion regarding panelists’ experience with the living wage and a report back from meeting with City of Vancouver councillors. We will also be hosting roundtable discussions to determine next steps for the Living Wage for Families Campaign. We would love to hear from you about what work we can be doing to address income inequality and low-wage poverty in the Lower Mainland.

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Road to a Poverty Free BC – Workshops in Terrace, Prince Rupert, Prince George, Richmond, North Vancouver, Kelowna

The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition has launched the Road to a Poverty Free BC series of workshops, where local community members can share their knowledge and strengthen their ability to work for meaningful change. Come and hear success stories, learn practical skills in storytelling and advocacy, and connect with other communities around BC. Everyone welcome!

Locations to date:

Terrace
Saturday, May 23, BC Federation of Labour regional conference

Prince Rupert
Monday, May 25, Fisherman’s Hall
Co-hosted with Kaien Anti-Poverty Society

Prince George
Tuesday, May 26, Central Interior Native Health Society

Richmond
Tuesday, June 9, 9:30am-1:30pm, Richmond Caring Place
Co-hosted with Richmond Poverty Response Committee
Please register here

North Vancouver
Thursday, June 25, 9:30am-1:30pm, Tsleil Waututh Community Centre
Co-hosted with North Shore Disability Resource Centre

Kelowna
Thursday, September 17. Details coming soon
Co-hosted with Canadian Federation of University Women

Find more info about the Road to a Poverty Free BC Workshops

If you’d like to help support any of these events or if you would like the BCPRC to come to your community, please contact Trish

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Poverty Reduction and Economic Inclusion Act re-introduced in the BC legislature

Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall has recently re-introduced the Poverty Reduction and Economic Inclusion Act. Bill M218 calls on the provincial government to develop and implement a strategy with legislated targets and timelines in order to reduce the breadth and depth of poverty. Now’s our chance to pressure our politicians to pass this great bill!

Take action: Go to the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition webpage to find more info and take action to support the bill.

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RCY report Paige’s Story and FCSSBC response

First Call partner the Federation of Community Social Services of BC has released a statement supporting the recommendations in the Representative for Children and Youth report Paige’s Story: Abuse, Indifference and a Young Life Discarded. The FCSSBC calls on the provincial government to immediately end the systemic indifference to BC’s most vulnerable and to invest resources in BC’s underfunded social services.

Paige’s Story documents the downward spiral of a child who never received the protection, nurturing and care she needed and deserved. Professional indifference to her life circumstances left her, and at times placed her, in harm’s way.

Read the full report

Read news coverage:

Vancouver Sun: Daphne Bramham: B.C.’s child welfare system is broken, racist and in urgent need of change

CKNW: Child welfare system “failed to protect” girl who died on Downtown Eastside

CKNW: B.C. government provides few details on solution to troubled teen’s death

Simi Sara Show, CKNW: Listeners react to BC’s child watchdog report on life and death of aboriginal girl

CBC News: Death of B.C. aboriginal teen Paige blamed on ‘brutal and cruel’ support services

Globe and Mail: Watchdog says B.C. teen who died of overdose lacked ‘minimal’ care

Vancouver Sun: Paige’s childhood of neglect and violence ended with tragic overdose death in the Downtown Eastside

Vancouver Sun: Children’s minister and others quick to respond to Paige’s story

Vancouver Sun: Vulnerable girl died less than a year after being cut off foster care (with video)

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Canada needs to revamp its social safety net for the 21st century, say Canadian think tanks

Researchers from the Mowat Centre, the Caledon Institute, the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity and the Institute for Research on Public Policy have launched a new website: social-architecture.ca This website will release a series of research papers that look at social architecture — the  suite of social programs and policies familiar to generations of Canadians — and offer fresh ideas on how to introduce change and renewal.

The researchers have released four papers in the series. The main report outlines the ways our society, economy and labour markets have changed significantly in the last half century and the ways that these changes place pressure on Canada’s social architecture. Three other papers examine caregivers, housing and skills training.

Excerpts from the main report:

Income security and the labour market: “The lack of labour market supports for access to affordable childcare, employment-related expenses, education and training, as well as support for people with disabilities, continue to make it difficult for people to escape poverty and enter the labour market. The growth of precarious employment — and the ‘working poor’ — has meant that employment no longer guarantees an exit from poverty.”

Child care: “The increased participation of women in the labour market and the new pattern of dual-earner families have increased demand for childcare services. However, childcare spaces are often expensive and in short supply, which can force families to make difficult choices — delaying or having fewer children, putting their careers on hold, making financial sacrifices, and/or placing their children in unlicensed/unregulated care.”

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United Nations forum on indigenous issues: Youth suicide and self-harm and the recommendations made by native youth

Mid-May, teens from the Seneca Nation who go to Salamanca High School, New York, made a powerful presentation to the chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

The teens talked about the contributors to youth self-harm and suicide, among them the effects of colonization, loss of their culture and language and climate change, which made it difficult for indigenous youth to maintain a strong sense of identity. Their recommendations can be found in the draft report by the UN.

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StatsCan: Participation in extracurricular activities and high school completion among off-reserve First Nations people, 2012

A new Statistics Canada study, based on the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Survey, found that many First Nations people aged 18 to 24 living off reserve were involved in weekly extracurricular activities during their last year of high school—and that doing so was positively correlated with high school completion by age 18.

Weekly participation in sport activities was the most common extracurricular activity among First Nations youth, as it was reported by 54% of males and 40% of females.

Read more

Source: CSRL News

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