Vancouver, B.C., Coast Salish Territories [October 20, 2016]—Five Vancouver human rights groups—many of them participating in this week's Welfare Food Challenge—are calling on the provincial government to raise social assistance rates and take urgent action to address food insecurity in the province.Read more
Five Toronto Transit Commission special constables have been charged with attempting to obstruct justice and fabricating evidence for writing false tickets to homeless people, a shocking situation both in substance and because it is so rare for officers to be charged criminally in relation to their duties.Read more
Canada has long maintained that it’s a standard-bearer for human rights internationally, a dominant myth that many of us hold to be true. A report from the United Nations released this month throws cold water on that notion, however. The international body has criticized Canada for failing to meet many of its international obligations to protect vulnerable Canadians. They have also outlined how Canada can, once again, become a human rights leader.Read more
In February 2016, Pivot Legal Society was invited to provide submissions to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) as part of the committee's regular periodic review of human rights in Canada.Read more
The lawsuit BC/Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors (DWS) v City of Abbotsford was heard by the BC Supreme Court during a six-week trial that ended August 6, 2015. Here are the DWS submissions to the Court.Read more
This report was co-authored by a group of legal organization that came together in the lead-up to the 2013 election to develop recommendations to ensure that BC's Residential Tenancy Act achieves its purpose of balancing the rights of tenants and landlords.
The current shortage of affordable housing in BC means that housing is costly and vacancy rates are low. This makes tenants vulnerable, and increases the likelihood that tenants and landlords will find themselves in conflict. In this context, our landlord/tenant legislation needs to contain reasonable protections for tenants. Just as important, the RTB needs to be empowered to effectively administer the legislation.
Pivot turned ten this year. It seems fitting that our tenth year would be a year of change and renewal. 2010 was an exciting year, but it was not easy. The recession finally caught up with us – we saw some core funding erode and our social enterprise – Pivot Legal LLP closed its doors.
At the end of August we left our offices on Hastings Street for a smaller space in the Duncan Building on Pender. We made the choice in order to cut overhead and bring everything and everyone closer together. The change in space has led to a tremendous coming together for the Pivot staff. We have also recruited some amazing core volunteers and interns who
are adding great energy and ideas to our work and increasing our capacity. The team is feeling very re-energized. Right now, it feels like a lot is possible.Read more