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.
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.
Broad coalition of legal organizations calling for significant reform to British Columbia’s justice system
Pivot Legal Society, BC Civil Liberties Association, West Coast LEAF, and Community Legal Assistance Society have joined forced to urge the government to enact significant legal and policy reform in favour of marginalized, racialized, and Indigenous communities across British Columbia.
NDP leadership candidate Jagmeet Singh is calling for a ban on racial profiling by police. The practice is often known as carding, and the idea would be an important first step in repairing relationships between law enforcement and racialized communities.