Yesterday, the voters across Canada were loud and clear: it’s time for change. A decade of politicking and policymaking based on fear and division is, I hope, finally over.
Using the law as a catalyst for positive social change, Pivot Legal Society works to improve the lives of marginalized communities.
- Develop a national housing strategy that recognizes the constitutional right to housing and ends the criminalization of homelessness.
- Repeal harmful sex work legislation enacted by the Conservatives last year and replace it with evidence-based laws that prioritize the health and safety of sex workers.
- Create drug policy that places the health of people first, instead of punishing them. That means decriminalizing drugs, expanding access to harm reduction interventions, and making the addiction treatments available to those who need them most.
- Undo the mandatory minimum sentences brought in under the Safe Streets and Communities Act, that disproportionately impact vulnerable groups such as Indigenous people, women, and people who come before the court as a result of their addictions.
- End the tough-on-crime regime that has led to over-policing of marginalized Canadians and the over-representation of minority groups in our prisons. Justice should not be punitive.