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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Unpacking the New Guidelines for Police Dogs in B.C.

Today, November 27, 2014, the Provincial Government announced the introduction of new regulations on the use of police dogs in B.C. They are the first of their kind in Canada, and the result of years of campaigning on our end. After releasing our report on police dogs, Moving to Minimum Force, earlier this year, we have patiently waited for the results of the provincial working group that was mandated to look at training and deployment of police dogs in B.C. Pivot called on that working group to address the many concerns we have about police dog use (for more on the results of the report and its findings check out our news release here). Here are what the regulations mean for British Columbians: 

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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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When the Harper government introduced mandatory minimum sentencing laws in 2012, they did so under the guise of advancing a...
In 2012, the Harper government made a number of changes to Canadian criminal law. These changes introduces a suite of...
One year ago dozens of people were evicted from their homes in Abbotsford’s Jubilee Park.
On December 17, 2014, sex worker and ally organizations across British Columbia delivered an open letter to Attorney General Suzanne...