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Canada To Relax Rules On Prescription Heroin To Tackle Opioid Crisis

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.24.2017 | Canada

There were 931 overdose deaths last year in B.C. alone.

Banned Elsewhere, Vancouver Jails Continue Use Of Restraint Device

CP | Laura Kane, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.21.2017 | Canada British Columbia

Bobbi O'Shea hoped her case would end the practice.

Vancouver Police Neither Confirm Nor Deny Cellphone Surveillance

CP | Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.12.2016 | Canada British Columbia

The Stingray mass-surveillance device is widely adopted in the U.S. and vigorously condemned by civil liberty groups.

Vancouver Allowed To Evict Homeless From Park: Court

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A judge has provided one week for homeless residents of a squalid tent city to vacate a downtown Vancouver park, in a ruling advocates say...

Dog Bites Top List Of Police-Related Injuries

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Vancouver police dubbed their department's new puppies as the "cutest crime fighters" even before launching a dog-naming contest for schoo...

Police, DTES Advocates Set For Ticketing Showdown

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.17.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) is set for a showdown with Downtown Eastside (DTES) advocates at a Police Board meeting this afternoon, where co...

Arrest Warrant For Notorious DTES Landlord

CP | Kim Nursall, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - An unprecedented 10 civil arrest warrants have been issued for a "notorious landlord" in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, a move a local leg...

Manure Dump Could Trigger Lawsuit

CBC | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The City of Abbotsford, B.C., could be facing a civil lawsuit after officials spread chicken manure over a popular gathering place for the homeless in...

Police Tickets Target Poor Areas: Groups

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Vancouver police are coming under fire once again for what two local organizations say is the discriminatory enforcement of a city bylaw o...

Abbotsford Sued Over Drug Access

CBC | Posted 07.21.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Advocates for needle exchanges are suing the City of Abbotsford, saying the city's bylaw which bans harm reduction centres violates basic human rights...

Vancouver Police Deny Discrimination Allegations

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Two groups representing residents on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside plan to file a complaint with the police board over allegations of disc...

Vancouver Sued Over Homeless Ban

CBC | Posted 07.29.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Vancouver bylaws that prevent people from sleeping on streets, in parks or on other city properties are unconstitutional, the Pivot Legal Society clai...

Laws That Punish Homeless Should Be Repealed

Scott E. Bernstein | Posted 12.09.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Scott E. Bernstein

Over the past weeks, Pivot Legal Society has talked to homeless men in Stanley Park and documented six assaults in the last month. Some of the victims have talked to the police, some have chosen not to report, and instead are finding more isolated places to sleep in an attempt to avoid detection by would-be assailants. This recent series of assaults against homeless men is not surprising in light of research looking at rates of victimization among homeless people.

How Vancouver Sex Workers' Ruling Improves Access To Justice

Katrina Pacey | Posted 11.21.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Katrina Pacey

Canada's highest court has unanimously ruled that a former sex worker and an organization run by and for street-based sex workers should be granted public interest standing to challenge the laws related to adult prostitution. It's a long decision, but here is a quick summary of the decision and its implications for our clients and for access to justice for marginalized people across Canada.

Next Up, B.C.?

CBC | Posted 05.26.2012 | Canada

An Ontario court ruling on Canada's prostitution laws is a partial victory for sex trade workers in B.C., says Vancouver's Pivot Legal Society. ...

Vancouver Mall Cops Accused Of Kidnappings, Beatings

CBC | Posted 01.15.2012 | Canada

Five men now allege they were abducted and beaten by security guards in separate incidents at a downtown Vancouver mall. Two men have join...