Pivot Legal Society - Equality Lifts Everyone


June 26, 2012 | By Scott Bernstein

Roughly eleven years ago, a fledgling Pivot Legal Society pioneered in Canada the strategy of documenting the voices of marginalized persons to build a body of evidence for advocacy.  We've had some great successes and learned many lessons over the years.  We' ve made meaningful change by this process in our campaigns for sex worker rights, police accountability, housing and

June 26, 2012 | By Scott Bernstein

The global drug war is a failure and is fuelling the HIV pandemic among people who use drugs and their partners.  That's the conclusion of the groundbreaking report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy released today.  The landmark report - the second report issued by the Commission - condemns the drug war and calls for "immediate, major reforms" to global drug policy, including dismantling of the prohibition scheme in place across the world and implementaton of a public health approach to drugs, i

By Sean Condon

Last week, Premier Christy Clark announced she would reverse some of the province’s more punitive welfare policies. The new changes includes allowing those on welfare to earn some income, eliminates time limits and increases supports for children whose parents receive assistance. These are positive steps that will help people struggling with poverty. But they won’t help them escape it.

June 18, 2012 | By Scott Bernstein

It's an eight hour trip from the Hollyhock learning centre on Cortes Island back to Vancouver, with three ferries and a bit of driving, but it's taken me a good week to get back to my routine at Pivot and catch up on sleep.  I returned from the amazing Social Change Institute (info here and here) on the beautiful coastal Hollyhock site on Cortes from June 6-10th.  SCI's recipe for success is to put together about 100 "seasoned and emerging" leader

June 14, 2012 | By Carolyn Wong

Pivot intern Leo Yu (above) helped spread the word about this year's contest awards at the launch of the 10th annual photo contest on June 2. Since then we received more than 4,000 submissions from the 213 participants!

This weekend our panel of esteemed jurors will help select the "top 40" winning photos. They'll be looking for images that capture this year's contest theme - What I Value About My Community. They will also select winning photos in the categories of Best Portrait, Best Urban Landscape, Best Colour and Best Black & White.

June 7, 2012 | By The Unpaid Intern

(Please note that this post was updated on Friday, June 8 to reflect more current information regarding the zoning of harm reduction in Victoria. See Section II. -FC.)


By Fathima Cader, Pivot Legal Intern.

Last week was Community Solidarity for Harm Reduction Week in Victoria, comprising a series of events put together by a coalition of local organisations to mark the fourth anniversary of the closure of Victoria's only fixed-site needle exchange program. Pivot, in the forms of myself, Scott Bernstein, who heads our Health and Drug Policy campaign, and Darcie Bennett, our Campaign Director, were honoured to be there to share our experiences here in Vancouver and to learn about the situation in Victoria. I’m happy to report back that my time hanging out with harm reduction activists in Victoria was inspiring and informative – and here’s why.

June 4, 2012 | By The Unpaid Intern

By Kristina Mansveld, Pivot summer intern

Today was an amazing day, filled with enthusiasm and a sense of collective consciousness and excitement that was palpable. Reflecting on the day's events, I feel incredibly fortunate to have witnessed the coming together of so many inspiring people – volunteers and Downtown Eastside community members from all walks of life. At 10:30 am, we all converged at Pivot's office at the foot of Heatley. Contestants had been lining up since before 9:00 am and we were all eager for Hope in Shadows' 10th Annual Photography Contest to begin.

June 2, 2012 | By Katrina Pacey


May 29, 2012 | By The Unpaid Intern
David Portesi speaking at Abbotsford City Council Executive Committee meeting

By Fathima Cader, Pivot Legal Intern.

Yesterday, on May 28, Pivot appeared as a delegation before the Abbotsford City Council Executive Committee, adding ours to the chorus of voices that has been urging the City for years to repeal its anti-harm reduction zoning bylaw provisions. Pivot was one of a number of organisations who requested and were granted permission to make submissions at the meeting (agenda available on the Abbotsford City website).

May 23, 2012 | By Peter Wrinch

Every year I take on introducing our newest crop of summer interns to the greater Pivot community and every year I start off by saying that it looks like we have the best summer interns ever. At the risk of repeating myself, it appears that we have the best summer interns ever!