First Call joins rallies for public education, $15/hr minimum wage

FACE – Families against Cuts to Education
April 14, concerned citizens spoke out against cuts to public education in parent-led rallies across BC, including Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, Maple Ridge and Kelowna. First Call provincial coordinator Adrienne Montani was among the guest speakers who joined the hundreds who took part in the FACE rally in Vancouver.

News coverage:
Global News: Rallies in support of public education held throughout B.C.
Vancouver Sun: School funding cuts spark rallies across B.C.
Province: Protesters rally at Vancouver Art Gallery against cuts to public education
Kelowna Now: Kelowna Parents Protest Cuts to Their Children’s Education

Fight for $15
April 15, the First Call team along with BC Teachers’ Federation members were on hand at Georgia and Burrard McDonald’s urging passersby to sign the petition to raise the minimum wage to $15/hr and to support the Fight for $15 campaign. This month the campaign, dubbed “I’m Not Lovin’ It,” calls on the fast-food industry to pay a fair wage and ensure their workers are not living in poverty. Events were also held in Ontario, Nova Scotia and hundreds of U.S. cities.

News coverage:
TheTyee.ca: Labour Wages $15-an-Hour Campaign across Canada
CKNW: Fast food giant targeted in minimum wage campaign
CBC News: ‘Fight for $15’ protests focus agenda on low-wage jobs
Kelowna Now: ‘Fight for $15 Campaign’ Calls on McDonald’s to Raise Minimum Wage

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New survey shows kids with special needs being forced to leave public education

The advocacy group BC Parents of Special Needs Children – Action for Equitable Access to Education found in its recent survey that more than half (51%) of the 236 respondents said they had removed their child from public education. Of those, 31% indicated they were forced out, while 18% said they chose to remove their child.

The group is calling for a meeting with Minister of Education Peter Fassbender to discuss action on the 11 recommendations made in their report.

Read the report and recommendations

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CCPA report: Who benefits if BC raises the minimum wage to $15?

Stereotype: Mostly teenagers make the minimum wage. Reality: 82% are not teenagers, they are 20 or older.

Following the BC government’s shockingly low 20-cent increase to the minimum wage, a new report suggests that such small changes fail to adequately reduce poverty and inequality, and are unnecessarily timid.

In The Case for Increasing the Minimum Wage economist David Green reviewed the academic research into minimum wage increases and debunked some of the stereotypes about who makes the minimum wage and who stands to benefit from a bold increase to $15. He found no evidence of the catastrophic job losses often predicted by opponents of higher wages.

See the full report and infographics. Listen to David Green’s interview on CFAX (starts after the news).

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Report: Aboriginal education in BC public schools

The Ministry of Education reports annually on the progress of Aboriginal students in public schools. The most recent report covers the school years from 2009-10 to 2013-14 and includes data on exam results, graduation rates, experiences of children in care, and student transitions to post-secondary education.

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A decade of disconnection: Child care policies in changing economic times in the Canadian context

This study by Albanese and Rauhala, published in the International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, shows that in Canadian policy discussions, the voices of children, mothers and child care providers are absent. This paper looks at how mothers, particularly in rural parts of Canada, address challenges related to their changing child care needs.

“Mothers need affordable, accessible, high-quality child care that will allow them to better balance paid work and family responsibilities. The well-being of Canadian children depends on it.”

Read the full study

Source: CSRL e-news

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Building children’s resilience – why some children thrive after facing adversity while others don’t

A strong supportive relationship with a parent, caregiver or other adult is a key factor in helping children build resilience and overcome adversity, say the authors of a new Harvard paper. Read more from the BC Council for Families.

Read the working paper, “Supportive Relationships and Active Skill-Building Strengthen the Foundations of Resilience,” by the National Council on the Developing Child, Centre on the Developing Child at Harvard University.

Source: BCCF enews

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Take the 2015 BCACCS Stakeholder Survey by April 30

BC Aboriginal Child Care Society, as a Centre of Excellence in Aboriginal Early Childhood Development and Care, is asking for your support and guidance by taking their 2015 BCACCS Stakeholder Survey. It should take about 10 minutes to complete.

Deadline: 4 pm, April 30, 2015
Take the survey

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