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.



Scott Bernstein is the global drug policy program officer at the New York-based Open Society Foundations. He’s also the former...
Five Toronto Transit Commission special constables have been charged with attempting to obstruct justice and fabricating evidence for writing false tickets...
Yesterday the results from the SALOME study were published, and the groundbreaking findings are tremendously exciting.
The flurry of new initiatives introduced by the federal government signals a major philosophical shift on drug policy issues.


In February 2016, Pivot Legal Society was invited to provide submissions to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural...
For years, the homeless population of Abbotsford has been the target of city and police actions that have effectively made...
The lawsuit BC/Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors (DWS) v City of Abbotsford was heard by the BC Supreme Court during a...
We, the undersigned, firmly believe that today’s anticipated Senate passage of Bill C-2, the so-called Respect for Communities Act, undermines...


Vancouver, B.C. [April 15]—The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down yet another mandatory minimum sentencing provision introduced by the...
Kamloops, B.C. [April 15]—The Jury presiding over the coroner’s inquest into the death of Jacob Setah has issued 15 recommendations following four...
Vancouver, B.C. [April 14]—The Supreme Court of Canada will deliver its decision in the case of Joseph Ryan Lloyd v....
Kamloops, B.C. [April 11]—The BC Coroners Service will begin its inquest today into the 2014 death of Jacob Setah, an...


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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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