Pivot Legal Society - Equality Lifts Everyone


May 5, 2011 | By Darcie Bennett

Next week, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the Federal Government’s final appeal of the decision to allow the Insite Supervised injection facility to continue to provide lifesaving medical services and support to people who use injection drugs.

May 4, 2011 | By Katrina Pacey

Now that the adrenaline has dissipated, I can take a moment to write a few words about my Pecha Kucha experience. Would it be telling if I just left it at… wow!

May 3, 2011 | By Peter Wrinch

You could feel it coming. Sometime last week, the election that “nobody wanted” got interesting. Last night we saw a complete realignment of Canada’s political landscape: the Bloc Quebecois and the “natural governing party of Canada” suffered terrible election defeats; the orange wave catapulted Jack Layton and the NDP to the official opposition and Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party secured their first ever majority government.

April 28, 2011 | By Douglas King

Late one evening, Scott Phillippo got off work at a restaurant in East Vancouver to find that his bike lock had been damaged.  Unable to open the lock he went back to his work and borrowed a pair of bolt cutters. Right after breaking through the lock a VPD officer and his dog, "Gus", arrived on the scene. Thinking that Mr. Philippo was stealing the bike the officer attempted to arrest him, and in the process lost control of his dog.

April 28, 2011 | By Peter Wrinch
Katrina Pacey with Joe Arvay

Life is a series of moments. Most of the moments of our lives just tick by lost in day-to-day life. Sometimes, however, moments stick and they provide insight – I had one of those moments tonight as I watched Katrina Pacey receive the UBC Law Alumni Achievement Award for Outstanding Young Alumna/Alumnus.

April 26, 2011 | By Douglas King

It’s the last week of April and once again people are being turned out onto the street as seasonal HEAT shelters shut their doors. This annual cycle has become tragically familiar for Vancouver’s homeless residents, but this year’s closures sting just a little worse. Last week, the City rushed through a by-law amendment that puts homeless people who set up tents on City property at risk for a $1000 fine and denies them their Charter right to protect themselves from the elements. 

April 19, 2011 | By Douglas King

If you're like me you've probably been wondering why four weeks into the federal election campaign nobody seems to be saying anything about housing. Housing issues were invisible during last week’s leaders’ debate, and the party platforms only glance over what we consider to be a growing crisis across Canada. So we decided to send a set of questions to the federal candidates responsible for the housing portfolio for each party to get some answers for Canadians. Here’s what they had to say.

April 18, 2011 | By Paul Ryan

I drove south last week with my colleague Carolyn and Megaphone’s executive director Sean Condon to visit the street papers in Seattle and Portland. Our goal was to see how things are done there, especially to see how these successful street newspapers run their vendor programs.

April 13, 2011 | By Darcie Bennett

Last night, I joined dozens of Downtown Eastside residents who gathered at City Hall to take part in the fourth night of the public hearings on the Chinatown Historic Area Height Review.  An increase to building height allowances could mean a major shift to the historic character of the neighborhood from both a design and a socio-economic perspective.

April 8, 2011 | By Darcie Bennett

Yesterday, I spoke to City Council about their proposed amendments to the Street and Traffic By-law. 

Thanks to all of you who took the time to send emails to Council and share your concerns about these amendments and their failure to take into account the rights of homeless people. Your voices made a difference- several councilors mentioned the number of emails they received on this issue.