Bill C-2 amounts to a death sentence law for drug users

This article originally appeared in the Toronto Star.

This week the Harper government, and the largely Conservative-appointed Senate, will effectively drive a nail into the coffins of thousands of Canadians living with addiction by passing legislation that will block the establishment of supervised injection facilities like Vancouver’s Insite.

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Pivot at the Alberta Harm Reduction Conference

Pivot's health and drug policy campaigner, Adrienne Smith, is at the 13th annual Alberta Harm Reduction Conference in Edmonton, AB. Here's what we're talking about.

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Tent City, B.C.: “This is where I live.”

Tent cities have arisen in the past two years across Lower Mainland B.C. -- in Abbotsford, Maple Ridge, Surrey, and Vancouver. A lack of accessible, safe, and affordable shelter and housing is often cited as the reason. With nowhere else to go, homeless people camping together can be the safest option.

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Explainer: What is a homeless tent city?

A homeless tent city is an informal community where residents erect tents and other temporary housing structures. Tent cities have been set up by homeless people in municipalities across Canada. 

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Criminalizing homelessness solves nothing

This article originally appeared in the Vancouver Sun.

Maple Ridge is the latest B.C. municipality to find itself the unexpected and unwilling host of a homeless tent city. With a burgeoning human, health, and political quagmire now at hand, the city has an opportunity to set an important precedent for how municipalities in this country deal with a national housing crisis that has landed on their doorstep.

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Standing with Abbotsford's homeless

Canada is the only G8 country without a national housing strategy. Pivot's Abbotsford housing clients are calling on our federal government to end homelessness. They've invited all federal MPs to meet with them, hear their stories, and develop a national housing strategy that is informed by the experiences of homeless and vulnerably housed Canadians. 

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Street Vending: Selling to Survive

There is one place you can go in Vancouver to see firsthand what poor people in our province are forced to do to survive.  

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Protecting drug users from harmful mandatory minimum sentencing

Tomorrow we will learn if the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the appeal in the case of Joseph Ryan Lloyd.

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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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This article originally appeared in the Toronto Star. This week the Harper government, and the largely Conservative-appointed Senate, will effectively...
Pivot's health and drug policy campaigner, Adrienne Smith, is at the 13th annual Alberta Harm Reduction Conference in Edmonton, AB....
Tent cities have arisen in the past two years across Lower Mainland B.C. -- in Abbotsford, Maple Ridge, Surrey, and...
A homeless tent city is an informal community where residents erect tents and other temporary housing structures. Tent cities have...