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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Coalition Honours Families and Advocates as Canada Launches National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C.- December 10, 2015) Earlier this week, the Canadian Government announced the launch of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, beginning with pre-inquiry consultation. The Coalition on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls honours families and advocates who fought tirelessly for the national inquiry, and looks forward to participating in the pre-inquiry consultation and the inquiry itself.
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Vancouver sex workers issue “Know Your Rights” cards, urge federal Liberals to end criminalization

Vancouver, B.C. [December 3]—Vancouver sex workers and their allies have released “Know Your Rights” cards for sex workers in Canada ahead of the one-year anniversary of the federal laws and are urging the new federal government to make repealing the sex work laws a priority. 

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Media Advisory: Vancouver sex workers to release “Know Your Rights” cards

Vancouver, B.C. [December 2]—On Thursday, December 3, sex workers and allied organizations will release “Know Your Rights” cards ahead of the one-year anniversary of federal laws criminalizing their work.

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City of Vancouver street sweeps are displacing homeless people from Hastings Street

Vancouver, B.C.  [November 18, 2015]—The City of Vancouver’s efforts to move street vendors off the zero block of Hastings Street has displaced dozens of homeless people and survival street vendors, potentially putting them in harm’s way, according to Pivot Legal Society.

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Vancouver Police Department refuses to acknowledge use of controversial surveillance device

Vancouver, B.C. [November 12]—The Vancouver Police Department has refused to disclose documents, or even acknowledge the potential existence of, a highly controversial surveillance device known as the StingRay. 

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Coalition Demands Action on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Makes Preliminary Recommendations for National Inquiry

(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C. – November 9, 2015) A Coalition on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is holding a press conference this morning to advise the public that British Columbia has failed to make significant progress on many of the recommendations from the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry (MWCI) and continues to ignore international recommendations from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Given their experience with the MWCI, the Coalition is making preliminary recommendations to the newly elected Trudeau Government for the National Inquiry which Prime Minister Trudeau promised would start immediately.

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Coalition urges federal government to repeal mandatory minimum sentencing laws

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Vancouver, B.C. [November 5]—Pivot Legal Society and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs are calling on the federal government to repeal harmful mandatory minimum sentences after being granted leave to co-intervene in a Supreme Court of Canada challenge to the sentencing policy.

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For five years Norm has sheltered on Abbotsford’s Gladys Avenue. For five years the City has done nothing to help...
I’m barely home from Ottawa and here we go again, readying for another challenge to mandatory minimum sentences.
Last summer Pivot represented Bobbi O’Shea, who courageously stood up to protect her rights and dignity. 
At the Supreme Court of Canada. That's me next to David Fai (centre), counsel for Joseph Lloyd, and Maia Tsurumi...