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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Investigating the Police: Breaking down the report on BC's Independent Investigations Office

The Special Committee to Review the Independent Investigations Office has issued its report to the legislature, ending a nearly year-long process that looked at the operations, mandate, and progress of the IIO. While none of the conclusions and recommendations are too shocking, they do lay the groundwork for how the IIO will operate in the next few years. 

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A growing chorus: courts agree mandatory minimum sentences are unconstitutional

When the Harper government introduced mandatory minimum sentencing laws in 2012, they did so under the guise of advancing a tough-on-crime agenda. In the intervening years, however, the Conservatives have seen their punitive policy picked apart by the courts and lawyers at every turn, revealing the laws to be, expensive, unnecessary, ineffective, and fundamentally unfair.

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Mandatory minimum sentences are bad for communities

In 2012, the Harper government made a number of changes to Canadian criminal law. These changes introduces a suite of new mandatory minimum prison sentences; changed how credit for dead time in pre-sentence detention is calculated, restricted parole and access to pardons; imposed new victim fines for all offenses; and put restrictions on who can get serve their sentence in the community rather than going to jail.  

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Another Cold Christmas in Abbotsford

One year ago dozens of people were evicted from their homes in Abbotsford’s Jubilee Park.

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Sex workers and allies call on province to resist dangerous law

On December 17, 2014, sex worker and ally organizations across British Columbia delivered an open letter to Attorney General Suzanne Anton calling on her to protect the safety of sex workers in the province. 

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A day for remembrance and vigilance

On December 6, 1989, 14 young women were murdered at l’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. They were murdered by Marc Lépine, who deliberately targeted the women students because he was, to use his words, “fighting feminism.” 

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If you have not heard about the recent verdict in the homicide of Cindy Gladue, you should have. Cindy Gladue...
Today, the House of Commons passed Bill C-2, the Respect for Communities Act. Pretty title, but like so much Conservative...
Today, we joined the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network in signing a statement along with 120 other Canadian civil society organizations to...
A walk through Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside can be an overwhelming experience for anyone unfamiliar with the neighbourhood or the myriad...