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May 17, 2011 | By Darcie Bennett

On Sunday afternoon I joined over 1000 other women and men to take part in Slutwalk Vancouver.

When the organizers contacted Pivot to speak at the event, I was not very familiar with the story behind Slutwalk.  After some research (typing Slutwalk into Google) I learned that it started in response to a police spokesperson who offered the following advice in the wake of a sexual assault:  “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized”.

I’ve never really been much for poetry. As a former journalist, I think it has something to do with an aversion to saying something obliquely when it could instead be said directly. Accordingly, I don’t have much of a vocabulary or depth of experience when it comes to reading poems.

Throw “InSite” in to your favorite search engine and you’ll find nearly a thousand different articles. Many come out of the recent Supreme Court of Canada case, others take on the issue from a social perspective but almost all share a particular thread: support for InSite.

May 12, 2011 | By Darcie Bennett

A year ago today, Pivot and West Coast Legal Action Fund launched a systemic complaint asking the office of the Ombudsperson to review a policy that reduced a family’s shelter allowance while a child was in temporary foster care. We are happy to report, that last week that policy was amended. 

May 11, 2011 | By Pivot Admin

Research on the health and community impacts of insite has shown that the safe injection site has prevented hundreds of deaths due to overdose and has reduced the frequency of needle sharing. I find it confusing that the government would shut this service down when it has been diligently demonstrated to be beneficial. The refusal of the safe injection service seems to be rooted in a moral judgement that people engaging in risky behaviours should suffer the consequences of their actions.

May 10, 2011 | By Katrina Pacey

Last September, three courageous Toronto sex workers succeeded in their fight to have Canada’s prostitution laws declared unconstitutional. They were challenging the following sections of the Criminal Code:

1. The Communication Law which makes it a criminal offence to communicate in public for the purpose of prostitution.

May 10, 2011 | By Scott Bernstein

I am sitting on an Air Canada flight en route to Ottawa for the Supreme Court of Canada hearing in the Insite case this coming Thursday.  I am taking a break from reading court materials to reflect on the long journey that has brought the fate of Vancouver’s safe injection facility into the hands of Canada’s highest court.  A few rows back sit Andrew Nathanson and Brook Greenberg, counsel for the intervener Dr.

May 10, 2011 | By Darcie Bennett

Last week special prosecutor Richard Peck recommended perjury charges against the four RCMP officers involved in the Taser shooting of Robert Dziekanski on Oct. 14, 2007. Every step of the way, the Dziekanski case has been an example of the need for greater police accountability in British Columbia.  I am glad to see that the public and the government have taken this case and the tragic death of Mr. Dziekanski very seriously and have pushed for the officers involved to be held responsible for their actions both at the time of the incident and during the investigation afterwards.

May 9, 2011 | By Paul Ryan
Hope in Shadows project coordinator Carolyn Wong with Peter Thompson

It’s always good to talk about Hope in Shadows, especially when you have been invited.

Last week I was really happy to not only talk about Hope in Shadows but I got to see the pride on the faces of the Hope in Shadows photographers when I went with Carolyn Wong and a few selected Hope in Shadows photographers to DIGNITY.

Our new summer interns make me nervous for my position. Not in that “they are out to get my job” way, but in the sense that arguably I should be working for them. I spent 3 weeks sifting through their resumes and being confronted by the sheer weight of all the talent that was seeking to work with Pivot to expand and improve its campaigns. And from these dozens of applications I, who arguably is not qualified to choose between white and red wine at dinner, had to narrow down this list of dynamic individuals to those who would be granted interviews.