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By Kerry Porth, Pivot Board Member and former executive director of PACE society

Recently, an important study conducted by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS regarding sex worker safety and supportive housing was released and has garnered some interesting press.

May 7, 2012 | By Darcie Bennett

On paper, we all have rights.  Since the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was enacted 30 years ago, those rights include freedom of conscience, expression, assembly, democratic rights, the right to life, liberty, security, rights on arrest and detention, mobility rights and the right to equality before the law.
 

May 7, 2012 | By Darcie Bennett

I woke up on Sunday morning and turned on the radio. The CBC was broadcasting a story about the Odd Squad’s ON TRACK program.  Forty grade ten students from across the Lower Mainland were selected to take part in a one-day interactive workshop with volunteer officers from the Vancouver Police Department and Odd Squad Productions Society, a non-profit organization that provides "prevention education" for youth. The officer quoted in the story explained that the real focus of the program was getting teens to make good choices.

April 30, 2012 | By Darcie Bennett

Last week, five of our clients reached a settlement with Fusion Security. Their civil case involved allegations of unreasonable use of force and discrimination at the hands of private security guards contracted by the Harbour Centre Mall.

April 28, 2012 | By Douglas King
Wednesday was the third and final day of the coroner's inquest into the death of Michael Vann Hubbard where Pivot lawyer Douglas King represented the family. Along with Niki Schnurr, one of Pivot's mental health and policing interns, they bring their thoughts about the evidence heard and the recommendations made. 

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April 24, 2012 | By Douglas King
Today was the second day of the coroner's inquest into the death of Michael Vann Hubbard where Pivot lawyer Douglas King is representing the family. Each day Niki Schnurr, one of Pivot's mental health and policing interns, will be blogging about the evidence of the day and her thoughts.

Day 2: 

April 23, 2012 | By Douglas King

Today marked the beginning of the coroner's inquest into the death of Michael Vann Hubbard where Pivot lawyer Douglas King is representing the family. Each day Niki Schnurr, one of Pivot's mental health and policing interns, will be blogging about the evidence of the day and her thoughts. 

Day 1:

April 16, 2012 | By Douglas King

This last week it came to our attention that the VPD is still refusing to release video footage from the Vancouver Jail (VCJ) to people who request it under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, despite the fact that they lost a major court case requiring them to do so in 2011.

April 12, 2012 | By Darcie Bennett

Friday April 20th, Pivot will join forces with local hip hop artists including, Banyen Roots, DJ Su Comandante, Ndidi Cascade, Conscience, Souldiers Dance Co and First Ladies Crew to present F*in Rights.

April 5, 2012 | By Darcie Bennett

The BC government is in the midst of a comprehensive review of the justice system, but we're not sure they are they asking the right questions. That's why we've teamed up with SFU's Community Engagement Office to host "Gender and Justice" on April 24th.