RCY report highlights alarming increase in involuntary detainments of children and youth: links to Bill 22
VICTORIA, B.C. – Today the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth released Detained: Rights of Children and Youth under the Mental Health Act, highlighting the urgent need for the provincial government to better protect young people involuntarily detained under the Mental Health Act.Read more
VICTORIA, B.C. – Today’s announcement of the Youth Community Partnership program falls short of creating the jobs needed for British Columbia’s COVID-19 recovery and is only an incremental step in the right direction by the provincial government.Read more
VICTORIA, B.C. – Sonia Furstenau, B.C. Green Party spokesperson for children and youth, released the following statement regarding B.C. Children and Youth Advocate Bernard Richard stepping down.
“I have greatly appreciated Bernard’s work and his advocacy for children in British Columbia,” said Furstenau.Read more
Weaver: Mike de Jong’s free kindergarten for 4 year olds is an opportunity for collaborative politics based on good public policy and evidence
VICTORIA, B.C. - Andrew Weaver welcomed B.C. Liberal leadership candidate Mike de Jong’s campaign platform plank that would give free optional kindergarten for 4 year olds. This comes on the heels of a Conference Board of Canada report documenting the benefits of investments into Early Childhood Education on Friday. De Jong’s policy follows in the footsteps of the B.C. Green Party platform which proposed to provide free early childhood education to three and four year olds.
“I am delighted that Mr. de Jong is proposing this excellent evidence-based policy as part of his B.C. Liberal leadership campaign,” said Weaver.Read more