Big changes ahead for Hope in Shadows

Twelve years ago, Pivot Legal Society launched the Hope in Shadows project. And for 12 years we’ve engaged our community through a photo contest culminating in an annual calendar. Each year, vendors have sold the calendar across the city, creating employment opportunities for hundreds of people.
 
It’s been an incredible 12 years, and we’re grateful for all of your support along the way.
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Vancouver’s new police chief: Prioritize accountability and community enagagement

When the Vancouver Police Board approached us last month asking Pivot Legal Society to participate in the decision-making process for the city’s next police chief, it struck me how far we’ve come as an organization.

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The Supreme Court of Canada and Nur: Challenging harmful mandatory minimum sentences

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered a landmark ruling when the Court struck down mandatory minimum sentencing laws that required that judges impose lengthy jail terms for certain gun crimes. Pivot Legal Society intervened in the appeal, and we are thrilled with the result.

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The dignity of Cindy Gladue

By Lisa Kerr and Elin Sigurdson

The prosecution following the death of Cindy Gladue, particularly the use of her bodily tissue in court, has raised serious concerns about the ways criminal trials can cause harm to human dignity and further alienate marginalized groups, including women, indigenous people and sex workers, from the criminal justice system.

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With No Reference in Ontario, Sex Workers Must Look to Litigation Again

When I heard yesterday’s announcement that the Ontario Attorney General found Canada’s new prostitution laws “not clearly unconstitutional,” I almost thought it was an April Fool’s Day joke. 

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Victory for Abbotsford homeless as court rules in favour of access to justice

On Friday, March 27, the B.C. Court of Appeal delivered two rulings that represent significant victories for homeless people in Abbotsford and across Canada.

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Cindy Gladue: A demand for justice

If you have not heard about the recent verdict in the homicide of Cindy Gladue, you should have. Cindy Gladue was an Indigenous woman who was taken from her family, friends, and community under extremely tragic circumstances at the young age of 36. She was a mother of two. She lived in Edmonton, where she sometimes did sex work. In 2011, she bled to death from injuries sustained during what a jury called “consensual sex”, and the man accused of her murder was acquitted last week. 

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Harper government moves to block supervised injection services for drug users in Canada

Today, the House of Commons passed Bill C-2, the Respect for Communities Act. Pretty title, but like so much Conservative legislation, the meaning of the title, like the bill, is cruelly ironic.

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Reject Bill C-2

Today, we joined the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network in signing a statement along with 120 other Canadian civil society organizations to protest Bill C-2, which would create inhumane barriers to evidence-based prevention, harm reduction, and treatment services in Canada.

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Speak with sex workers, not for them

A walk through Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside can be an overwhelming experience for anyone unfamiliar with the neighbourhood or the myriad social issues that intersect in this community. 

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Twelve years ago, Pivot Legal Society launched the Hope in Shadows project. And for 12 years we’ve engaged our community...
When the Vancouver Police Board approached us last month asking Pivot Legal Society to participate in the decision-making process for...
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered a landmark ruling when the Court struck down mandatory minimum sentencing laws...
By Lisa Kerr and Elin Sigurdson The prosecution following the death of Cindy Gladue, particularly the use of her bodily...