Media Advisory: Decision today in Abbotsford homeless lawsuit

Vancouver, B.C. [March 27]—Today the B.C. Court of Appeal will deliver decisions on appeals that will determine what is heard by the B.C. Supreme Court during a trial involving the City of Abbotsford and its homeless.

During a two-day hearing that began Thursday, March 26, the City of Abbotsford argued that the court should not hear how police and city staff enforced bylaws against the city’s homeless. The city is also arguing that they are not responsible for when their police officers breach people’s constitutional rights.
 
The BC/Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors (DWS) appealed the court’s previous decision requiring them to pay for the disclosure of Abbotsford Police Department documents, which has been estimated to be as much as $29,000.
 
Decisions will be delivered at 2:30pm today. DJ Larkin of Pivot Legal Society, who is representing DWS, will be available for comment at 3:30pm.
 
Who:        DJ Larkin, Pivot Legal Society housing lawyer
What:       Decision in DWS v. City of Abbotsford
Where:     B.C. Court of Appeal – North entrance
                  800 Smithe St., Vancouver, B.C. (Google Map)
When:      Friday, March 27
                  3:30pm
  
For additional information, please contact:
Kevin Hollett, Communications Director: 778-848-3420, kevin@pivotlegal.org
 
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 About Pivot Legal Society
Pivot Legal Society is a leading Canadian human rights organization that uses the law to address the root causes of poverty and social exclusion in Canada. Pivot’s work includes challenging laws and policies that force people to the margins of society and keep them there. Since 2002 Pivot has won major victories for sex workers’ rights, police accountability, affordable housing, and health and drug policy.