Headlines in 2021


Saanich is latest B.C. municipality to hire civilians for low-risk policing tasks
December 19, 2021 – CBC

Website helping keep victims of police violence from becoming ‘just a statistic’
December 14, 2021 – Campbell River Mirror

Jail not the answer for people caught dealing fentanyl to support their own drug addictions, B.C. judge says
December 7, 2021 – CBC

Lawyers, advocates look to Prince George decision as CRAB Park encampment goes to court
December 3, 2021 – The Vancouver Sun


Vancouver police budget proposals exceed city hall recommendation by millions
November 23, 2021 – Vancouver Is Awesome

People's budget' calls for Vancouver police budget to be slashed by 50 per cent
November 22, 2021 – Vancouver Is Awesome

B.C.’s toxic drug crisis is getting worse
November 20, 2021 – Yukon News

BC’s ‘Starting Point’ to Decriminalize Drug Possession Has Far to Go, Say Advocates
November 2, 2021 – The Tyee

B.C. applies to remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of drugs
November 2, 2021 – OHS Canada

B.C. applies to decriminalize use of small amounts of illicit drugs in effort to reduce deaths
November 1, 2021 – CBC

B.C. finalizes submission to decriminalize drug possession
November 1, 2021 – The Globe & Mail

B.C. requests federal approval to decriminalize small amounts of drugs
November 1, 2021 – CTV News

Critics say B.C.'s application to feds to decriminalize drugs has major shortcomings
November 1, 2021 – Vancouver Sun

Drug user advocates say B.C.'s decriminalization proposal falls short amid ongoing emergency
November 1, 2021 – CityNews


Video of Vancouver Police Shove Leads to Criminal Investigation
October 29, 2021 – The Tyee

[Video] Criminal probe launched into Vancouver police shoving incident caught on camera
October 26, 2021 – Global News

Watchdogs, human rights groups decry B.C.'s freedom of information fees
October 22, 2021 – CityNews

VPD interim handcuffing policy
October 21, 2021 – CBC, The Early Edition with Stephen Quinn

Homeless advocates call for end to Vancouver street sweeps
October 15, 2021 – CBC News

[Video] Downtown Eastside residents complain city sweeps target marginalized people's belongings
October 15, 2021 CTV News

‘We should be disgusted’: Vancouver homeless advocates call for an end to street sweeps
October 15, 2021 Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News

Street Sweeps Steal from Homeless People, Say Downtown Eastside Advocates
October 15, 2021 The Tyee

Chiefs, BCCLA say Indigenous involvement needed in probe of fatal B.C. police shooting
October 15, 2021 Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News & Surrey Leader

Vancouver sex worker speaks out after being denied business bank account
October 15, 2021 – Daily Hive


Vancouver police increasing patrols after open letter, concerns; critics speak out
September 16, 2021 News 1130

Are politicians brave enough to imagine a society without police violence?
September 15, 2021The Breach

Starting Monday, Some Doors Will Close for Unvaccinated People
September 8, 2021 – The Tyee

COVID 19: Human-rights advocates concerned by B.C.'s vaccine card
September 6, 2021 – Vancouver Sun

Vaccine passports will exclude thousands of vaccinated British Columbians, claim community groups 
September 3, 2021 – TriCity News

Vaccine passports ‘intensify discriminations against already marginalized groups’, advocates say
September 3, 2021 – CKNW (Radio)

B.C. vaccine passport risks discriminating against vulnerable groups, advocates say
September 2, 2021 – Global News 

Civil liberties advocate defends right to protest after rallies outside B.C. hospitals
September 2, 2021 – CBC News

Open Letter on Vaccine Passport
September 1, 2021 – CBC Radio, On the Coast

Sounding the alarm on vaccine cards in BC!
September 1, 2021 – CKNW Radio

B.C. vaccine passport: Advocacy groups raise accessibility concerns
September 1, 2021 – CityNews / News 1130


Homeless people need clarity on how they’ll access vaccine passports without ID or cell phones, advocates say
August 30, 2021 – CKNW (Radio) 

How B.C.’s vaccine card system could impact the homeless
August 31, 2021 – Global News (Video)

B.C.'s vaccine passport will likely make life more difficult for homeless people, advocates say 
August 29, 2021 – CBC News

SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue discusses the criminal justice system in Canada
August 13, 2021 — The Peak

(VIDEO) Video shows Vancouver police officer shoving man to the ground
August 3, 2021 — Global News


(VIDEO) Proposed Mount Pleasant community police station faces backlash at City Hall
July 22, 2021 — CityNews

‘An Arrest Warrant Should Not Be a Death Sentence’
July 14, 2021 — The Tyee

Vancouver councillor, advocacy groups distribute drugs to highlight toxic drug supply concerns
July 14, 2021 — CityNews


Decriminalizing drug use is a necessary step, but it won’t end the opioid overdose crisis
June 28, 2021 — The Conversation

Vancouver trespass-prevention program hurts people who are homeless and poor, advocates say
June 17th, 2021 — CBC

City of Vancouver makes final submission seeking federal exemption to decriminalize simple drug possession
June 2nd, 2021 — The Globe and Mail


VANDU calls to revise drug decriminalization policies
May 28th, 2021 — The Peak

Downtown Eastside residents speak out about complaints process against Vancouver police
May 28th, 2021 — CTV

Downtown Eastside Residents Say They Were Taunted and Harassed by Two Police Officers
May 27th, 2021 — The Tyee

17 Downtown Eastside residents, workers file complaint against alleged police harassment
May 27th, 2021 — News1130

VPD accused of losing Indigenous mother's ashes during Downtown Eastside street cleanup
May 26th, 2021 — CBC

Vancouver police chief Adam Palmer says officers were acting in good faith when they wrongly detained 81-year-old former Justice Selwyn Romilly
May 18th, 2021 — The Early Edition with Stephen Quinn

Coalition says users were shut out of drug decriminalization proposal | 'Vancouver Model' gets panned
May 12th, 2021 — The Vancouver Sun

Plans for drug decriminalization in Vancouver could do more harm than good, coalition claims
May 11th, 2021 — CTV News

Advocates says users were shut out of drug decriminalization proposal, demands redo
May 11th, 2021 — The Globe and Mail

Drug user groups and others concerned about Vancouver’s decriminalization plans
May 10th, 2021 — The Globe and Mail

New downloadable ‘statement to police’ cards issued in Edmonton
May 6th, 2021 — APTN News

The “Vancouver Model” of decriminalization will set a dangerous precedent for drug users across Canada
May 3rd, 2021 — The Mainlander

Vancouver School Board decision to remove police from schools frustrates both supporters and critics
May 2nd, 2021 — The Vancouver Sun

Strathcona Park decampment 'stressful, tense' for residents
May 1st, 2021 — News1130


More than 180 moved out of Strathcona Park encampment ahead of Friday deadline: park board
April 30th, 2021 — Global News

‘More than enough’ spaces to house Strathcona Park homeless by deadline: Eby
April 29th, 2021 — Global News

How can the Province do better on homelessness?
April 29th, 2021 — Global News

‘More than enough’ spaces to house Strathcona Park homeless by deadline: Eby
April 29th, 2021 — Global News

Full show: COVID overwhelms India, EU open to visitors this summer, and the School Liaison Officer vote
April 26th, 2021 — The Jill Bennett Show, Global

Police in schools. Pandemic dancing.
April 26th, 2021 — BC Today with Michelle Elliot, CBC

COVID-19: B.C. travel restriction details revealed amid concerns about police enforcement
April 23rd, 2021 — The Georgia Straight

B.C.'s incoming travel restrictions worry RCMP, advocacy groups
April 22nd, 2021 — News1130

COVID-19: RCMP union, legal advocates and First Nations groups raise concerns over B.C. travel restrictions
April 21st, 2021 — Vancouver Sun

Activists Give Out Free Heroin and Meth as Vancouver Proposes Legal Limits for Drugs
April 15th, 2021 — VICE

How could decriminalizing drugs in Canada save lives?
April 14th, 2021 — Decomplicated

Defund the Police and Social Work’s Relationship to State Coercion and Control
April 8th, 2021 — UBC School of Social Work

Can BC cities prevent homeless camps in the future?
April 7th, 2021 — The Jill Bennett Show, CKNW

Can B.C. cities prevent homeless camps in the future? Not easily, say observers
April 6th, 2021 — CBC


Vancouver Pride to hold panel discussion about defunding police
March 31st, 2021 — The Georgia Straight


HIV Legal Network urges feds to decriminalize simple drug possession
February 24th, 2021 — Law Times

$1M donation to Vancouver policing inappropriate, critics say
February 22nd, 2021 — News1130

Meenakshi Mannoe and Harsha Walia: We can choose differently: safety beyond police, prisons and criminalization
February 20th, 2021 — The Province

Federal crime bill ‘completely disappointing’, says expert, and many agree it isn’t enough
February 19th, 2021 — The Star

Political Gesture or Real Change? BC’s Anti-Racism Effort Faces Tough Questions
February 17th, 2021 — The Tyee

No time to waste: Advocates warn red tape may slow decriminalization process
February 15th, 2021 — Ricochet

Little done to stop anti-Black racism in policing, criminal justice in last 25 years: Ontario report
February 11th, 2021 — Global News

Vancouver mayor and Health Canada to formally discuss drug decriminalization
February 9th, 2021 — The Drug & Alcohol Testing Association of Canada

VPD introduces new trespass program targeting homeless people
February 6th, 2021 — Coop Radio

Vancouver Police Department Trespass Prevention Program
February 5th, 2021 — National Indigenous Times


CiTR News: On The Point, 1/30: Interviews w/ Fiona York, Meenakshi Mannoe and Dr. Linc Kesler
January 30th, 2021 — CiTR News

One-third of all sex workers unable to call 911 due to fear of repercussions from cops: study
January 30th, 2021 — The Vancouver Sun

Scrap Vancouver Police’s Trespass Prevention Program, say organizations
January 28th, 2021 — The Indo-Canadian Voice

Advocates demand immediate end to Vancouver's Trespass Prevention Program
January 28th, 2021 — News1130

Canada Is Formally Considering Full Drug Decriminalization For One Major City
January 27th, 2021 — Vice

Vancouver, Health Canada to formally discuss drug decriminalization, mayor says
January 27th, 2021 — News1130

Homelessness in Vancouver won't end with COVID-19, say advocates urging forever services, not fleeting aid
January 23rd, 2021 — CBC

On the Coast January 12th
January 12th, 2021 — CBCListen

Downtown Eastside community holds vigil for victim of police shooting
January 12th, 2021 — News 1130

The Pulse Interview: Meenakshi Mannoe (PIVOT Legal Society)
January 12th, 2021 — The Pulse on CFRO

‘There Has to be a Better Way’: Police Kill a Sword-Wielding Man in the Downtown Eastside
January 6th, 2021 — The Tyee

More young men in Western Canada died than expected last year — and not just because of COVID-19
January 4th, 2021 — The Star