Abbotsford’s Homeless ask court to recognize their right to exist as equal citizens

Media Advisory - March 7, 2014



New Westminster – Today, Friday March 7 at 9:00am, Abbotsford's homeless residents will be back in court, asking that the court consider their right to live in the city and to be treated with dignity. Last fall, homeless people in Abbotsford stood up to exclusion and harassment by setting up a tent city in Jubilee park as a safe haven for people with nowhere else to go. Days before Christmas, the City of Abbotsford won a court injunction to clear out the camp. While the tent city residents have dispersed, the City is now proceeding to trial against the homeless. The City of Abbotsford is asking the court to grant an order making it illegal for the homeless to camp or erect a tent in any park in Abbotsford.



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Illegal evictions in City Hall’s back yard

Vancouver – A Vancouver landlord is trying to illegally evict an entire building of low-income and marginalized renters, potentially putting them out on the street. The Cambie Café building, home to 18 people, is located at the corner of Cambie and 7th Avenue in Vancouver, right in the shadow of Vancouver City Hall.

Residents of the building, along with the Social Housing Alliance and Pivot Legal Society, will be holding a press conference today at 11 AM to speak out against the illegal evictions and demand the City and the province protect their homes.

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A landmark victory – Supreme Court strikes down prostitution laws

A landmark victory – Supreme Court strikes down prostitution laws 

Vancouver- This morning the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released its verdict in the landmark case of Attorney General of Canada v. Terri Jean Bedford, Amy Lebovitch and Valerie Scott. The court, in a unanimous decision written by the Chief Justice, struck down all of the three criminal code provisions which the applicants argued, together and separately, prohibit sex workers from taking meaningful steps to improve their safety and health. The laws were found to violate s. 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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OPCC Rejects VPD Report on DTES Ticketing


Labels VPD statistics "skewed", and calls for implementation of missing women recommendations

For Immediate Release
December 5, 2013

Vancouver - The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner has rejected a report from the Vancouver Police Department addressing bylaw enforcement in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, upholding an appeal from Pivot Legal Society and the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU). The decision from the OPCC directs the VPD to release 10 years worth of enforcement data to the public, and recommends the Vancouver Police Board adopt a policy which incorporates the recommendation made by the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry on bylaw enforcement. 

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Abbotsford homeless file human rights complaint as City prepares to clear out encampment

For Immediate Release

November 27, 2013

Abbotsford - Homeless people in the Municipality of Abbotsford B.C, approximately 70km east of Vancouver, have filed an action at the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal demanding equal treatment and an end to harassment by the City and the Abbotsford Police Department. Six homeless individuals, along with the BC/Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors, have filed the human rights complaint on behalf of all homeless people in Abbotsford. 

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Pivot Lauds OPCC's Decision to Call Public Hearing on Sandy Davidsen Case

OPCC rejects proposed discipline for officer who pushed disabled woman to the ground

For Immediate Release 
Nov. 13, 2013

Vancouver - Pivot Legal Society is commending the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner (OPCC) for calling a public hearing into the case of Taylor Robinson, the Vancouver Police Department officer who pushed Sandy Davidsen to the ground in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Pivot lawyer Douglas King is available for comment on the matter. Pivot represents Ms. Davidsen, and asked for a public hearing to be called last week, upon learning that the VPD was proposing a two day suspension as punishment for Cst. Robinson. Today, the OPCC announced that they are rejecting that proposed discipline by the VPD for Cst. Robinson, and calling a public hearing into the matter. 

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Homeless Man Alleges Police Beating

Pivot asks any witnesses who saw the September 24th arrest at Olympic Village to come forward  

For Immediate Release
October 22, 2013

Vancouver - A 36 year old homeless man is claiming excessive force was used by the Vancouver Police Department following an arrest, saying officers threw him to the ground and punched and kicked his face. He alleges that the beating included a kick to the face after he was placed in handcuffs. Pictures of the man taken two days after the incident (#1#2#3), and one week after the incident (#4#5) show the numerous cuts and bruises to his face and an eye swollen shut, raising serious concerns about the level of force used by the VPD. 

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Wanted: George Wolsey

Wanted: George Wolsey - Court issues warrants for the arrest of notorious Vancouver slumlord

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DTES low-income housing being emptied through harassment and intimidation

Vancouver – Low-income residents of the York Rooms in the Downtown Eastside are facing escalating harassment, intimidation, and evictions since new management took over the single room occupancy hotel in July. Over the last two months at least seven residents have lost their housing through eviction or by being paid to leave. 

According to the City of Vancouver website, the York Rooms are a low-income asset that must be preserved in order to “protect low-income tenants from becoming homeless.”  The by-law put in place by the City to protect SROs, however, fails to protect against the type of conversion happening at the York Rooms and the City’s SRO task force is not protecting residents from threats, bribes and illegal evictions.

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Vancouver lawyer and sex workers travel to Supreme Court in Ottawa

Ottawa- Today, June 13 Pivot Litigation Director Katrina Pacey will appear before the Supreme Court of Canada on behalf of sex workers from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). The Vancouver lawyer has traveled to the Supreme Court with a group of current and former sex workers from Canada’s poorest urban neighbourhood.

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