Supreme Court strikes down another mandatory minimum sentence

Vancouver, B.C. [April 15]—The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down yet another mandatory minimum sentencing provision introduced by the former Conservative government.

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Coroner’s inquest into police-involved death of Jacob Setah recommends better mental health services, review of taser use

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 days of hearings into the circumstances surrounding the 18-year-old’s death.

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Media Advisory: Supreme Court to deliver decision in mandatory minimum sentencing challenge

Vancouver, B.C. [April 14]—The Supreme Court of Canada will deliver its decision in the case of Joseph Ryan Lloyd v. Her Majesty the Queen, a constitutional challenge to a mandatory minimum sentence for a drug trafficking offence, on Friday, April 15.

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Media Advisory: Coroner’s inquest into police-involved death of First Nations teenager begins today

Kamloops, B.C. [April 11]—The BC Coroners Service will begin its inquest today into the 2014 death of Jacob Setah, an 18-year-old Aboriginal youth who died after falling from the parkade at Royal Inland Hospital.

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Parties Argue for Disclosure of Documents About “Stringray” Surveillance Devices

Submissions to B.C. Information & Privacy Commissioner Inquiry call for Accountability for use of Mass Surveillance Tools

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Canada must recognize the rights of homeless: UN report

United Nations recommends Canada enact a national housing strategy that includes recognizing the right to housing

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Canada failing international housing obligations, Pivot tells UN

Vancouver, B.C. [February 19]—Canada’s failure to enact a national right to adequate housing and pursue a national housing programme has led to the ongoing criminalization and displacement of homeless people, according to submissions made to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights by Pivot Legal Society.

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Media Advisory: Pivot Legal Society back in court challenging mandatory minimum sentences

Vancouver, B.C. [February 1]— Pivot Legal Society is intervening in two cases challenging mandatory minimum sentences being heard at the BC Court of Appeal.

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Provincial court finds VPD jail guards negligent in restraint device case

Vancouver, BC [January 21] — A BC Provincial Court justice has awarded an Aboriginal woman damages after she was jailed and placed in a restraint device for almost an hour instead of receiving medical care following an anxiety attack.

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Supreme Court of Canada to hear challenge of mandatory minimum sentences

Ottawa, ON [January 12] — Pivot Legal Society and the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) will make oral submissions to the Supreme Court of Canada in Joseph Ryan Lloyd v. Her Majesty the Queen on Wednesday, January 13, in the first challenge to mandatory minimum sentences under the new Liberal government.

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