Resources for you to find a candidate that will commit to fight to end poverty in BC in the upcoming Municipal Elections!
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Hello everyone,

November's here, and just after we've recovered from the sugar rush of Halloween, it's time to get ready for one of the most important events of the year: Municipal elections are happening across BC on November 15!

And, unlike Halloween, costumes and hidden scares are absolutely not welcomed here! So, we've compiled a brief summary of tools and materials that many of our Poverty Reduction Coalition members and allies have prepared, which should help you find the candidate who's most committed to work for the well-being of everyone in YOUR neck of the woods.

We can't wait to share with you other exciting developments, but for now, let's get out there and engage with our democratic right to vote, and let's make our voices heard!

And if you haven't already, swing by our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter to keep in the loop of our latest activities and updates.

Trish and Gil
First Call's toolkit [PDF] is structured around their 4 keys to success: Supports in Transitions from Childhood to Youth and Adulthood, A Strong Commitment to Early Childhood Development, Increased Economic Equality (including a specific question on a poverty reduction plan for BC), and Safe and Caring Communities.

  The Social Housing Alliance's Action Plan for Cities [PDF] proposes "twin strategies" for a housing action program for cities in BC: 1. To preserve & build more low-income affordable housing, and 2. To join communities in the struggle for government funded social housing.

  WTC's Hot Pink Paper [PDF] is a resource for people to think about and ask candidates what steps they will take to address the key priorities for women and girls living in our cities. In particular, they're working with PRC member, Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC, to increase support for the $10/day child care plan, and with member, Vancouver and District Labour Council, to push for Vancouver to become a living wage employer. You can also download their full backgrounder here [compressed PDF file].

The BC Fed's website is a resource for you to easily find a candidate in your city that has been endorsed by a Labour Council. The site has a list for different cities across all of BC, and you can also take a pledge online, and they will assist with any support you may need to go out and vote.

  The BCTF has created an easy guide [PDF] for people to think about the need for school trustees who will speak up and support our schools. You can also download and print a poster [PDF] to help spread the word.

  The Living Wage for Families campaign has created a municipal election toolkit to support individuals and community groups in their advocacy to encourage municipalities to become Living Wage Employers. It includes resources to learn more about the Living Wage, and also how to start a Living Wage campaign in your community.
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