News - British columbia

March 28, 2014
A recent article in The Tyee highlights the critical need for funding of youth programs in the town of Houston, British Columbia. The Dze L' K'ant Friendship Centre in Houston runs the Teen...
Keywords: Children and Youth, British Columbia
March 24, 2014
Squamish officials backed a call for a $10-a-day B.C. child care program that would come with a $1.5 billion annual price tag. Last week, the District of Squamish became the 26th municipality to...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Family, Government Policy, British Columbia
March 19, 2014
The City of Vancouver is trying to help find ways to connect the 100,000 city residents without a regular doctor to a primary care physician. The City has launched a provincially-funded citizen...
Keywords: Health, British Columbia
March 19, 2014
Isobel Mackenzie has been named B.C.'s first seniors' advocate by B.C.'s Health Minister Terry Lake on Wednesday morning. Mackenzie has been working for seniors for 18 years, most recently as...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, British Columbia
March 17, 2014
People who work in homeless shelters in Surrey, B.C., say the demographics of those accessing their services are changing. Jonquil Hallgate with Surrey Urban Mission, which offers programs and...
Keywords: Health, Homelessness, British Columbia
March 14, 2014
For refugees, starting over just got easier as the provincial government has promised settlement service agencies in British Columbia it will pick up funding for refugee mental health services that...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Mental Health, British Columbia
March 13, 2014
Over the last few months, the provincial government has been consulting on issues impacting people with disabilities. CLAS, BCCPD, Inclusion BC, BCANDS, CMHA-BC and SPARC BC have prepared a joint...
Keywords: Disability, Health, British Columbia
March 12, 2014
Residents of a rural B.C. town believe the local health authority’s search for a replacement physician amounts to a prescription for mismanagement. The community’s sole general practitioner, Dr....
Keywords: Health, British Columbia
March 11, 2014
A recent B.C. study has found that a program that provides alcohol to chronic, homeless alcoholics reduces emergency hospital visits and arrests, likely saving taxpayer dollars in the long run. The...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Poverty Research, British Columbia
March 10, 2014
West Coast LEAF has proposed two ways to address a critical lack of family law services in British Columbia. The first recommendation is a pilot project with lawyers working in community agencies so...
Keywords: Family, Legal Aid, Legal Assistance, Women, British Columbia
March 6, 2014
B.C. union leaders are calling for the minimum wage to be increased from the current $10.25 to $13 an hour, which represents the poverty line. The last time the minimum wage was raised was in 2012....
Keywords: Government Policy, British Columbia
March 3, 2014
This year’s Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) hotel and housing report found that SROs in the DTES are more expensive than ever and that fewer still are available to low-income individuals...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
March 3, 2014
A report entitled "Coming of Age: Reimagining the Response to Youth Homelessness in Canada," written by Stephen Gaetz, a professor at York University in Toronto, explains that Canada needs to do a...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Homelessness, British Columbia
February 21, 2014
The Tyee recently published an article concerning federal funding cuts to mental health refugee agencies. In six weeks, refugees arriving in British Columbia will no longer receive free help to cope...
Keywords: Government Policy, Immigrants and Refugees, Mental Health, British Columbia
February 19, 2014
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has published an article on their Policy Note blog entitled, "What you need to know about BC Budget 2014." It notes that despite a significantly weak...
Keywords: Family, Government Policy, British Columbia
February 18, 2014
Gasps swept through the packed auditorium as Abbotsford city council rejected a supportive housing project for homeless men after a tie vote on Monday night. Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman cast the...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
February 17, 2014
Bonnie Sherr Klein is a documentary filmmaker and long-time activist in the feminist and disability movements. In this lecture at UBC Law (the 2014 Marlee Kline Lecture in Social Justice) she shares...
Keywords: Disability, Women, British Columbia, All of Canada
February 17, 2014
Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) has released its 2013 Hotel and Housing report. This year’s hotel and housing report found that Single Room Occupancy hotel rooms (SROs) in the Downtown...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
February 7, 2014
This blog post by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives reflects on the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games and the B.C. govermnent's justification for its Olympic bid on the basis of the...
Keywords: Government Policy, British Columbia
February 7, 2014
After helping to dodge a date with the wrecking ball, supporters of a historic Downtown Eastside building are ramping up fundraising to save and restore it. The 122-year-old Ming Sun building at 439...
Keywords: Ethnicity and Race, Housing, Organizing, British Columbia