Pivot Legal Society set to defend Abbotsford homeless in landmark trial

Vancouver, B.C. [June 26]Pivot Legal Society is representing a group of homeless people in Abbotsford in a landmark lawsuit that will seek to protect their constitutional rights to security of person. 

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Media advisory: Abbotsford homeless mark anniversary of “Chicken Manure Day”

Abbotsford, BC [June 3] — Members of Abbotsford’s homeless community will hold a public demonstration tomorrow to mark the two-year anniversary of “Chicken Manure Day” and protest the continued enforcement of bylaws that displace the city’s homeless.

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Renewed calls for sobering centres in Vancouver in restraint device abuse case

Vancouver, BC [June 1] — A case involving the alleged abuse of an Aboriginal woman resulting from the inappropriate use of a restraint device by Vancouver police has renewed calls for expanding sobering centres.

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Supreme Court of Canada to hear challenge to mandatory minimum sentencing for drug users

Vancouver, B.C. [April 30]—The Supreme Court of Canada announced today that it will hear an appeal of mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offences in the case of R v. Lloyd.

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Supreme Court of Canada finds mandatory minimum sentences unconstitutional

Vancouver, B.C. [April 14]—In a decision delivered today, the Supreme Court of Canada has found that certain mandatory minimum sentences violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Media Advisory: Decision today in Abbotsford homeless lawsuit

Vancouver, B.C. [March 27]—Today the B.C. Court of Appeal will deliver decisions on appeals that will determine what is heard by the B.C. Supreme Court during a trial involving the City of Abbotsford and its homeless.

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Pivot Legal Society to defend Abbotsford’s homeless right to access justice

Vancouver, B.C. [March 25]—Pivot Legal Society will defend a lawsuit seeking to protect the constitutional rights of homeless people in Abbotsford and argue for access to police documents that are critical to the lawsuit.

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Coalition Continues to Demand National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Vancouver, B.C., Coast Salish Territory [February 27, 2015]—A coalition of advocacy groups, Indigenous organizations, and family members continue to demand that the federal government hold a national public inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls. 

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Abbotsford’s ban on Jubilee Park homeless camp continues

Vancouver, B.C. [December 17]—A BC Supreme Court justice has described trying to find shelter in Abbotsford as “profoundly challenging” in his decision to deny a request to lift an injunction prohibiting homeless people from living in Jubilee Park.

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Media Advisory: Disciplinary decision for VPD officer who pushed disabled woman

Vancouver, B.C. [November 27]A disciplinary decision will be delivered tomorrow for the Vancouver Police Department officer who pushed a disabled woman to the ground in the Downtown Eastside.

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