The Pivot Blog
Though a positive step in the right direction, there are a few issues with the National Housing Strategy.
On the stereotype of the “drug kingpin”: Why tougher penalties for fentanyl trafficking won’t end the overdose crisis
Data reveals that increased policing has done nothing to end the overdose crisis and stop the loss of life.
Pivot, along with Community Legal Assistance Society, West Coast LEAF, and BC Civil Liberties Association, is calling for significant, systemic reform to British Columbia's ailing justice system. These recommendations will uplift marginalized and Indigenous communities left behind by inadequate laws and policies.
Bill C-37 is a step in the right direction but does not go far enough in ensuring the safety of individuals who use drugs. Our recommendations are meant to allow for easier access to life-saving harm reduction services by removing some of the logistical barriers for service providers hoping to save lives.
Operation Northern Spotlight is a project ill-conceived by Durham Regional Police in Ontario in 2014 to "rescue" sex workers from human trafficking by targeting and investigating them. Typically, police officers posing as clients set up dates online with sex workers, through websites like Craigslist and Backpage, then surprise them in hotel rooms. Since 2014, there have been five "waves" of Operation Northern Spotlight coordinated among law enforcement agencies across Canada. The latest campaign in October 2016 involved 53 police agencies in nine provinces working in conjunction with the FBI. Only a few law enforcement agencies in BC participated in 2015 and 2016.