The Pivot Blog

BC and Vancouver have each applied to decriminalize simple drug possession. Neither model is perfect, but how do they compare?
Leading human rights and public health organizations release national drug decriminalization platform for Canada.
BC Provincial Court’s recent decision of R v Ellis marks a departure from harsh sentencing ranges for street-based fentanyl dealers. We know that a different approach is needed—the Court listened.
Meenakshi Mannoe & Kit Rothschild want City of Vancouver to reinvest 50% of the police budget into community-led crisis response and peer-led systems of care.
Researcher and policy analyst Chuka Ejeckam distinguishes public safety from police spending, as these concepts are often conflated.
Defund 604 Network releases 6 demands to build safe, health and sustainable communities for all with release of results of the 2021 People’s Budget in advance of 2022 police budget deliberations.
Pivot Legal Society letter to City of Dawson Creek: Proposed amendment to zoning bylaw prevents access to life saving harm reduction services.
We urge Council to take this opportunity to begin addressing the City’s legacy of homelessness, eviction, displacement, and gentrification in the Downtown Eastside.
Nicole Luongo outlines the pitfalls of the “Complex Care housing” model that is widely-touted by provincial and municipal governments in BC
Members of the Province’s Core Planning Table express grave concerns that BC’s bid to decriminalize drugs leaves behind the most marginalized drug users
Read an update on Pivot’s decriminalization advocacy and our conditions for supporting and providing input on a made-in-BC model.
Street sweeps are conducted every morning in the DTES. We must end this dehumanizing practice!
The Coalition of Peers Dismantling the War on Drugs, VANDU and Pivot recognize “Homelessness Action Week 2021”
The Vancouver Police Department is doubling down on the Trespass Prevention Program by expanding it, despite concerns.
We are going to the Supreme Court of BC to fight for Drug War Survivors right to have a space of their own in Surrey.