Abbotsford homeless lawsuit at BC Supreme Court ends today

Vancouver, B.C. [August 6]—A landmark lawsuit involving a group of homeless people in Abbotsford who are challenging the constitutionality of city bylaws that have effectively criminalized their existence will end today.

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Katrina Pacey among Canadian Lawyer’s Top-25 Most Influential

Vancouver, BC [August 4]—Katrina Pacey, executive director of Pivot Legal Society, has been named been named by Canadian Lawyer as one of Canada’s 25 most influential lawyers.

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Media advisory: BC Supreme Court to hear final arguments in Abbotsford homeless lawsuit

Vancouver, B.C. [July 30]—Final arguments will begin tomorrow in the B.C Supreme lawsuit involving the City of Abbotsford and its homeless.
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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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