Bill C-36: A backgrounder

Bill C-36: An Act to amend the Criminal Code in response to the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Attorney General of Canada v. Bedford and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

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Reflections on Oppenheimer Park

As I watched city workers sweep across Oppenheimer Park today, dismantling tents and piling people’s possessions into storage bins and garbage trucks, I thought back on what has probably been the most challenging few weeks of my professional life.

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Fighting city bylaws that criminalize poor people

Next week, Pivot will be back in court representing homeless campers in Oppenheimer Park.

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Court rules in favour of Abbotsford's Drug War Survivors

This morning, September 29, the British Columbia Supreme Court released its ruling on an application brought by the City of Abbotsford in the case of BC/Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors v Abbotsford (City). Abbotsford asked the court to dismiss the claim brought by Drug War Survivors on the basis that the organization lacked “standing” to bring the case to court, and that there was no legal basis for the claim.

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Ticketing poor people solves nothing

In 2012, Louise Lagimodiere was ticketed by Vancouver police for illegally selling items on East Hastings Street, where she vends a couple of days of week to earn an income. 

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Big news from Pivot

Big and exciting changes are afoot at Pivot. Last week, we said farewell to Peter Wrinch, our incredible, now former, executive director.

As sad as we are to see him go (Good luck, Peter!), we’re equally excited about our new leadership. Katrina Pacey, our longtime litigation director and sex work campaigner, is taking over as executive director. Here’s her note to our amazing community of Pivot supporters explaining her decision to take on this new role:

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This is how we win

In July I had the privilege of attending the Central European University summer school in Budapest at the invitation of the Open Society Foundations’ Justice Initiative. The program brought together strategic human rights litigators to share our experiences in using law to change the world and to learn best practices from the Justice Initiative’s expert staff.

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Canadian politicians ignoring sex workers

Two months ago, the women who lead the incredible Downtown Eastside organization Sex Workers United Against Violence (SWUAV) gathered around the conference table at the Pivot office and stuffed envelopes. Four hundred and twelve envelopes, to be exact.

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The Abbotsford Shuffle

Homeless people in Abbotsford are being pushed around again, this time by BC Hydro who is evicting dozens today who have been living along Gladys Avenue. 

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The community we have built

When Flo and Ricky visited the Hope in Shadows community vote table outside the Carnegie Community Centre earlier this week, it showed us everything fantastic about this project.

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Bill C-36: An Act to amend the Criminal Code in response to the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Attorney...
As I watched city workers sweep across Oppenheimer Park today, dismantling tents and piling people’s possessions into storage bins and...
Next week, Pivot will be back in court representing homeless campers in Oppenheimer Park.
This morning, September 29, the British Columbia Supreme Court released its ruling on an application brought by the City of...