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Entries Tagged as 'Children & youth'

How to make the Metro Vancouver living wage work for single parents

April 27th, 2016 · · No Comments · Children & youth, Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

The living wage is designed to reflect the real costs of raising a family in a particular community. It’s based on a two-parent families with young children because most Canadian children live in two-parent families, but the goal is for the living wage to also meet the needs of different types of families throughout their life cycle, including single-parent families. […]

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BC’s irresponsible budget

March 1st, 2016 · · 3 Comments · Children & youth, Provincial budget & finance

As noted in many recent newspaper articles and editorials, posts on this blog, and social media posts, BC’s 2016 budget reflected the short-sighted and unnecessary priority of the current government to pay down debt and “balance” the budget over meeting the pressing needs of British Columbians, particularly those with developmental, financial and social vulnerabilities. This […]

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What you need to know about BC Budget 2016

February 16th, 2016 · · 1 Comment · Children & youth, Economy, Education, Environment, resources & sustainability, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes, Women

“The measure of any society is reflected in the degree to which it is willing to help the most vulnerable.” Mike de Jong in the BC Budget 2016 Speech If this is the measure we apply to Budget 2016, then BC is failing miserably. What this budget offers to BC’s most vulnerable is a drop in the bucket. […]

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7 things that should be in the BC Budget but were missing from the Throne Speech

February 15th, 2016 · · 2 Comments · Children & youth, Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Education, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

BC Budget 2016 will be tabled tomorrow but we already know it will include a break on MSP premiums for some single parents, $50 million for new affordable housing initiatives this year (with funding also committed in each of the next four years), help for first-time home buyers, more resources for the long neglected BC child welfare system, […]

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Yes, let’s lower the voting age in Canada.

January 31st, 2016 · · 2 Comments · Children & youth, Democracy

I was very pleased to see that MP Don Davies introduced a private member’s bill this past week calling for the voting age to be lowered to age 16. I know private member’s bills usually never make it, but this one is well worth other MPs’ backing. I’ve long been of the view that youth […]

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Can the federal parties’ child care proposals pay for the $10 a Day Plan?

October 14th, 2015 · · Comments Off on Can the federal parties’ child care proposals pay for the $10 a Day Plan? · Children & youth, Economy, Provincial budget & finance, Women

By Lynell Anderson and Iglika Ivanova We’ve been glad to see child care emerge as a key issue in this federal election, with three major parties (Greens, Liberals and NDP) vying to tackle the problems with the status quo: inadequate spaces, unaffordability and inconsistent quality. We analyzed the party platforms on child care in more […]

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Child care and the federal election: where have the parties landed?

October 9th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Children & youth, Economy, Education, Employment & labour, Women

By Lynell Anderson and Iglika Ivanova Canada is one of the few advanced countries that doesn’t yet have a national child care system. We invest less in early childhood programs than any of our peer countries and fall far short of meeting the minimum public investment benchmarks recommended by UNICEF and the OECD. There’s no […]

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One year after the BC teachers’ strike, what’s happening for kids with special needs?

September 7th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Children & youth, Education, Provincial budget & finance

by Seth Klein and Tyson Schoeber It’s been a year since the longest strike in the history of BC’s public school system. A key outcome of that dispute was increased understanding of the phrase “class size and composition.” During the strike, the public came to appreciate that teachers were fighting not just for better wages, […]

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$10 a day child care: smart public policy whose time has come

July 14th, 2015 · · Comments Off on $10 a day child care: smart public policy whose time has come · Children & youth, Economy, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes, Women

Imagine if the BC government put as much energy and effort into solving BC’s child care crisis as it does in promoting LNG. This week, our Premier recalled the legislature from its regular summer break to pass special laws paving the way for one potential LNG project (more about why this is a bad deal here and here). What if […]

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Why the Metro Vancouver living wage is not enough for single parents and how to fix it

April 29th, 2015 · · Comments Off on Why the Metro Vancouver living wage is not enough for single parents and how to fix it · Children & youth, Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes, Women

The living wage calculation is based on the needs of two-parent families with young children, but the idea behind it is that this wage would also support different types of families throughout the life cycle so that young adults are not discouraged from having children and older workers have some extra income as they age. In […]

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