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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Justice Committee on Bill C-36 ignored sex workers

On July 8, I made a brief presentation to the Justice Committee hearings on Bill C-36, The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. The bill is the government of Canada’s response to the historic Supreme Court decision last December that struck down the three most harmful laws governing prostitution in Canada. 

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Top photos chosen for Hope in Shadows

After an intensive weekend of deliberation, over 4000 images have been narrowed down to this year’s top 40 photos, and the results are fantastic. 

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Abbotsford versus Homeless: They’re not alone

Last Friday, the Chief Justice of the B.C. Supreme Court heard the City of Abbotsford argue that our Pivot-led lawsuit seeking to have access to safe shelter recognized as a basic human right should not go to trial.
 
The City of Abbotsford is seeking to strike down the lawsuit brought forward by the BC/Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors (DWS) on behalf of the city’s homeless population. They’ve argued that DWS cannot represent the interests of homeless people in Abbotsford—even though many of its members are homeless in Abbotsford. 

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This morning, September 29, the British Columbia Supreme Court released its ruling on an application brought by the City of...
In 2012, Louise Lagimodiere was ticketed by Vancouver police for illegally selling items on East Hastings Street, where she vends...
Big and exciting changes are afoot at Pivot. Last week, we said farewell to Peter Wrinch, our incredible, now former,...
In July I had the privilege of attending the Central European University summer school in Budapest at the invitation of...