The Pivot Blog

Memphis Model CIT is an innovative, community-based, and collaborative program to increase safety for persons in crisis, family members, the public, and police officers, and to divert individuals living with mental illness from the criminal justice system to appropriate mental health supports in a safe and effective manner.
This is how police must respond to individuals in distress--not shoot to kill with lethal bullets.
More than 1,400 British Columbians died due to suspected illicit drug overdoses in 2017, according to data released today by the BC Coroners Service. The figures representing a 43% increase from 2016, when there were 993 overdose deaths. There were significantly fewer deaths, however, in the last four months of 2017 (average of 96.5 deaths per month from September to December) compared with the first eight months of the year (average of 129.5 deaths per month).
True feminism entails listening to people with lived experience
We agree with Councillor McConnachie that #FactsMatter, so here's 27 footnotes #LightReading. "Punishing people for calling 911 will cost lives in the context of an overdose crisis. Senior levels of government are trying to do the exact opposite"
JANUARY 20: Show up! And support marginalized women and their right to health, safety, and dignity
The Bylaw, which will likely have a chilling effect on calls for emergency assistance, is not only morally reprehensible; it is also Constitutionally suspect. Its potential to adversely affect the health and safety of vulnerable populations has not adequately been considered, and we therefore strongly urge you to abandon its enactment
This year make your New Year's resolution more meaningful by making it about someone else.
After more than 100,000 visits there hasn't been a single fatality at one of Vancouver's first overdose prevention sites
After more than 100,000 visits there hasn't been a single fatality at one of Vancouver's first overdose prevention sites
After more than 100,000 visits there hasn't been a single fatality at one of Vancouver's first overdose prevention sites
Could you survive on $710.00 a month? It's nearly impossible.
There are 3,329,980 more people across Canada living in low-income households compared with ten years ago
Data reveals that increased policing has done nothing to end the overdose crisis and stop the loss of life.