The Pivot Blog

Park residents, neighbours, and advocates will be gathering on the 1 year anniversary of the rent city for a warm meal, music, and legal information about rights for people who rely on public space for survival, and to celebrate resilience in the face of a housing crisis, a drug poisoning crisis, and the ongoing criminalization of homeless people.
In December 2019, our counsel Dan Sheppard (of Goldblatt Partners LLP), will explain to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice how a refusal to permit effective access to prison needle exchange programs will disproportionately and unconstitutionally harm individuals along lines of sex, race, and “disability”—in particular, women, Indigenous people, and people who use drugs.
In December 2019, Pivot is intervening in the precedent setting case of R v Zora, an important case with far-reaching impacts on the people we serve.
Read Pivot Legal Society's submissions to SPARC BC on the proposed accessibility legislation in British Columbia.
Read Pivot Legal Society's 2018 Annual Report.
On International Overdose Awareness Day, we remember and fight for those we have lost to a senseless war on drugs. Read Pivot Legal Society's statement. #EndOverdose
In light of the federal government’s failure to meaningfully reform drug policy, provinces like B.C. can and must take legal steps to effectively (“de facto”) decriminalize simple possession by re-directing police resources away from its criminal enforcement.
The practice of "street check" lacks a basis in law and is disproportionately weaponized against racialized and low-income communities. This memo calls for a moratorium on street checks as the only alternative to reforms that risk legitimizing an overwhelmingly harmful and discriminatory practice.