Joint letter (Pivot, CDPC) urging the City Council and Mayor to approve the lease on a prospective overdose prevention site in Yaletown. The paramountcy of public health over community input in the approval process for harm reduction services is established in law and should be followed here.
Read Pivot's new blog on how talk is cheap and local governments must Act Now! to decriminalize simple posession.
Last week, the Supreme Court of Canada delivered a unanimous decision on R v Zora; a case about bail breaches in which Pivot intervened with help from Vancouver-based criminal defence lawyer David Fai.
Our fight continues after an Ontario Court reaches a disappointing decision on prison-based needle exchange programs.
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.
On International Overdose Awareness Day, we remember and fight for those we have lost to a senseless war on drugs
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.