My Office applauds the B.C. government for taking the first steps towards creating a strategy to reduce poverty in B.C. by soliciting the views of citizens. I am pleased to offer this submission on behalf of the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) to help inform this strategy.
In April 2017, the federal government tabled Bill C-45, An Act Respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and Other Acts, in the Canadian parliament to legalize and regulate the recreational use of cannabis in Canada.
In July 2017, the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outlining concerns with the proposed legislation with respect to its potential impacts on the health and safety of children and youth.
Following last week's emergency meeting on Indigenous child welfare in Ottawa, convened by Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (CCCYA) has issued the following statement:
Today, as we mark National Child Day and the beginning of Child Rights Education Week (Nov. 20-26), we encourage federal, provincial and municipal governments, and all Canadians, to remember the fundamental rights of children and youth.
Representative Bernard Richard responds to the government's announcement that it will expand the tuition waiver program for former children and youth in care to all 25 post-secondary institutions in B.C.
For the seventh consecutive year, British Columbia is marking Child and Youth in Care Week, a designation that honours the diversity and strengths of young people living in the care of the provincial government and acknowledges the challenges and obstacles that these children and youth face - and work to overcome - on a daily basis.
The Representative for Children and Youth is searching for a unique logo for this year’s Ignite Your Spirit Indigenous Youth Forum. The successful logo will be used on all items related to Ignite Your Spirit including promotional materials, reports and give-away items.
On March 9, MLA Gordon Hogg introduced the Safe Care Act to the British Columbia Legislature, a Private Member’s Bill that would permit the involuntary confinement of children and youth with severe substance misuse issues, or those being sexually exploited.
Representative Bernard Richard and Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux today completed the signing of a comprehensive protocol agreement which has the purpose of ensuring a clear, mutual understanding of their organizations’ respective roles and mandates regarding communication and information sharing.