Complaint to the Vancouver Police Board by Pivot Legal Society, Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users and Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society opposing VPD's new Neighbourhood Response Team
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.
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.
As part of Pivot’s police accountability mandate we have been involved in many complaints filed with the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC). We have 3 central recommendations for the Special Committee to Review the Police Complaint Process
Third Injunction Application against Anita Place Tent City: Pivot's Submissions to the BC Supreme Court
The City of Maple Ridge filed its third injunction application against Anita Place with concerns about fire safety. #PivotLegal's team advocated for the City to take a harm reduction approach to heating solutions for the tent city's residents. Here are our submissions.
Sex Work is Not Human Trafficking: Pivot's Submission to Canada's Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights
Sex work and human trafficking are not the same. Confusing the two harms those engaged in consensual sex work, who, like all of us, deserve a right to safety and security.