Newspaper article The Canadian Press

What's Making News in British Columbia

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

What's Making News in British Columbia

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What's making news in British Columbia

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REPORT FINDS ONE IN FIVE B.C. CHILDREN LIVES IN POVERTY

A coalition of child and youth advocates has made 21 recommendations in the wake of a report that suggests one in five children in British Columbia lives in poverty.

Recommendations include a $10-a-day child care plan, increasing the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour and providing affordable housing for families struggling to pay their bills.

The report by First Call says the child poverty rate in B.C. was just over 18 per cent in 2015, which represents 153,000 children.

First Call's provincial co-ordinator Adrienne Montani says kids from single-parent families were more than four times as likely to experience poverty than kids with two parents.

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PLAN TO ATTRACT DIVERSE TALENT TO B.C. PUBLIC SERVICE

Premier John Horgan says a new Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan will help attract, develop and retain diverse talent to the B.C. Public Service.

The three-year action plan focuses on the recruitment and development of qualified public servants who represent the diversity of the province.

The government says that includes visible minorities, people with disabilities, women, Indigenous people and the LGBTQ and two-spirited community.

The plan also aims to remove barriers to employment for those seeking a career in the public service, as well as ensuring a respectful and inclusive work environment.

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TRADE MINISTER PROMOTES B.C. FILM INDUSTRY IN LOS ANGELES

B.C.'s Tourism, Arts and Culture minister says a trade mission to Los Angeles should help boost investment in the province's film, TV and digital media industries.

Lisa Beare says she spoke with senior film and television executives at Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Studios, Netflix and other studios in order to promote B.C. as a production location.

The province says the film and television industry creates more than 40,000 well-paying jobs in B. …

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