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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Feds’ proposed prostitution law to create conditions for violence, murder to occur

Expect to see more missing and murdered women in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver and across the country.

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Legal experts' letter to Stephen Harper criticizes response to Bedford decision

An open letter signed by more than 200 legal experts from across Canada was delivered to Prime Minister Stephen Harper the morning Justice Committee hearings are set to begin on Bill C-36.

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Moving to Minimum Force: Andy Rowe's story

On June 26, Pivot Legal Society released its report on police service dogs in B.C.

In 2007, Andy Rowe was the victim of a violent incident involving a police dog. At our press conference launching the report, Andy courageously shared his experience. Here's his story. 

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Photo by Jennifer Gauthier/Metro 

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Farewell to our beloved friend, Dolores Jury

Last Thursday, we said goodbye to Dolores Jury, a beloved friend and amazing warrior in the struggle for justice for the women of the Downtown Eastside. I am still struggling to come to terms with a world without Dolores, and I already miss her terribly.

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Canada will lose the war on drugs with mandatory minimum sentencing

June 26 is the United Nations’ International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Around the world, many countries are using the UN's position to justify the excessive criminalization of drug users. In Canada, it's led to Bill C-10, the Conservatives Government’s Safe Streets and Communities Act, which was enacted in March 2012.

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Still Alone and Cold

It has now been five years since retired Judge William Davies gave his recommendations in the inquest into the death of Frank Paul. Entitled “Alone and Cold”, it documented how Vancouver Police Department officers came to arrest the 47 year-old Mi'kmaq man, booked him into the Vancouver Jail, and then dragged him into an alleyway and left him there where he would die from exposure within hours. It was treatment, or lack thereof, that shocked our community. And while some of Judge Davies’ recommendations, like the creation of an independent oversight body to investigate police in cases of serious harm or death (The Independent Investigations Office), have flourished, others have been seemingly placed on the side table of political action, languishing in committee or consultation. 

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When Flo and Ricky visited the Hope in Shadows community vote table outside the Carnegie Community Centre earlier this week,...
On July 8, I made a brief presentation to the Justice Committee hearings on Bill C-36, The Protection of Communities...
After an intensive weekend of deliberation, over 4000 images have been narrowed down to this year’s top 40 photos, and...
Last Friday, the Chief Justice of the B.C. Supreme Court heard the City of Abbotsford argue that our Pivot-led lawsuit...