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.



When the Vancouver Police Board approached us last month asking Pivot Legal Society to participate in the decision-making process for...
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered a landmark ruling when the Court struck down mandatory minimum sentencing laws...
By Lisa Kerr and Elin Sigurdson The prosecution following the death of Cindy Gladue, particularly the use of her bodily...
When I heard yesterday’s announcement that the Ontario Attorney General found Canada’s new prostitution laws “not clearly unconstitutional,” I almost...


The federal government introduced Bill C-36 in early June 2014 in response to the 2013 Supreme Court of Canada unanimous decision...
Pivot Legal Society acted as a witness on Bill C-2, The Respect for Communities Act, before the Standing Committee on Public...
At the public hearing into the discipline of Cst. Taylor Robinson, who was found guilty of Abuse of Authority and...
Pivot Legal Society is leading a challenge of the City of Vancouver’s bylaws prohibiting street vending.


Vancouver, B.C. [April 14]—In a decision delivered today, the Supreme Court of Canada has found that certain mandatory minimum sentences...
Vancouver, B.C. [March 27]—Today the B.C. Court of Appeal will deliver decisions on appeals that will determine what is heard...
Vancouver, B.C. [March 25]—Pivot Legal Society will defend a lawsuit seeking to protect the constitutional rights of homeless people in...
Vancouver, B.C., Coast Salish Territory [February 27, 2015]—A coalition of advocacy groups, Indigenous organizations, and family members continue to demand...


Help Pivot protect the rights of vulnerable and marginalized Canadians by becoming a monthly donor or giving a meaningful one-time...
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...


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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