There is truly no time to waste. We urge Health Canada to listen to the health and human rights experts who have already spoken about this, follow the public health evidence, and issue these exemptions quickly, without onerous and unnecessary conditions or restrictions. Lives and health are at stake.
The Pivot Blog
On International Human Rights Day, the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition and Pivot Legal Society are renewing calls for an amendment to the BC Human Rights Code to include protections based on social condition.
Pivot’s Criminalization & Policing Campaigner, Meenakshi Mannoe, writes about defunding the VPD and the importance of shifting away from criminalization and enforcement and leaning into equity, inclusion, and social justice.
Principally, we support full decriminalization. We do not support the use of administrative or other regimes to control, coerce, medicalize, pathologize, or penalize drug use.
As the opioid overdose crisis devastates communities across Canada, groups hope that other jurisdictions will follow Vancouver's lead to take meaningful action on full drug decriminalization.
A group of community organizations serving the Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside filed a Service and Policy Complaint with the Vancouver Police Board opposing the creation of a new VPD Neighbourhood Response Unit.
Complaint to the Vancouver Police Board by Pivot Legal Society, Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users and Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society opposing VPD's new Neighbourhood Response Team
In recognition of the October 22nd International Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and Criminalization, Pivot submitted an FOI request to the VPD.
Joint letter (Pivot, CDPC) urging the City Council and Mayor to approve the lease on a prospective overdose prevention site in Yaletown. The paramountcy of public health over community input in the approval process for harm reduction services is established in law and should be followed here.
Read Pivot's new blog on how talk is cheap and local governments must Act Now! to decriminalize simple posession.
Joint letter (BCCLA, UBCIC & Pivot) in response to Vancouver Park Board resolution concerning by-law amendment to temporarily sheltering in parks.