Pivot Points

Pivot aims to tell stories that inspire, educate, raise awareness about issues facing people living in poverty and to affect positive change that will improve their lives. We believe that a well-designed, thoughtful publication, press release, or blog post in the hands of the right decision maker, journalist, or member of the public can be a vehicle for meaningful social change. We work with a large network of talented communications volunteers that help us produce everything from our website and blog to our newsletter and reports.



I lived the first 21 years of my life in Maple Ridge, an hour east of Vancouver. The first person...
The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to strike down three of Canada’s harmful prostitution laws marked an incredible moment for...
In 2012, the Safe Streets and Communities Act was passed into law as part of the Conservative government’s tough-on-crime agenda....
Today the Supreme Court of Canada delivered a landmark unanimous decision in the case of Attorney General of Canada v....


Heroin-Assisted Treatment, or HAT, is a medical intervention that provides prescription, pharmaceutical-grade diacetylmorphine (heroin) to people with long-term opioid dependency...
Pivot’s work is grounded in the belief that poverty and social exclusion are not inevitable. Through our campaigns, our team...
Crime rates in Canada are at their lowest point since 1972 yet last year, Canada’s federal government introduced sweeping legislative...
A new article by Scott Bernstein and Darcie Bennett, to be published in the International Journal of Drug Policy's special...


Media Advisory - March 7, 2014

 New Westminster – Today, Friday March 7 at 9:00am, Abbotsford's homeless residents will be...
Vancouver – A Vancouver landlord is trying to illegally evict an entire building of low-income and marginalized renters, potentially putting...
A landmark victory – Supreme Court strikes down prostitution laws  Vancouver- This morning the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released...
Labels VPD statistics "skewed", and calls for implementation of missing women recommendations For Immediate ReleaseDecember 5, 2013Vancouver - The Office...


Click here to download (pdf) Ten years ago, shortly after Pivot had begun to take shape as a legal advocacy...
Click here to download (pdf) When Pivot started the Hope in Shadows project in 2003, we knew that it would...
Click here to download (pdf) January 19, 2012 was an incredible day for justice. For the first time in Canadian...
Click here to download (pdf) Imagine a new family was looking to move to your block and your neighbours saying,...


Carolyn Wong interviews Surita Parashar and Valerie Nicholson on Pivot Points radio.  Surita and Valerie are conducting research with people...
Scott Bernstein explains why Pivot is representing low-income tenants from Vancouver's Olympic Village housing complex who are receiving huge heating...
Pivot lawyer Doug King talks about 11 more ex-tenants who are launching legal action against slumlord George Wolsey. Live from the press...
Katrina Pacey talks with Paul Ryan about the original Pivot publication, thestatement for police rights card which has been produced since...

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