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March 30, 2012 | By Darcie Bennett

Families, or at least the way we think about them, have changed a lot since BC’s Family Relations Act came into force in 1972. In the intervening 40 years, our understanding of child development, gender roles, the dynamics of power and control that underlie violence against women in intimate relationships and even the relationship between biology and parenthood have changed drastically. BC’s new Family Law Act aims to address some of those issues while lessening reliance on the courts to resolve family law disputes.

March 26, 2012 | By Peter Wrinch

Today the Ontario Court of Appeal delivered a landmark decision on the constitutionality of Canada’s prostitution laws. The decision was a partial victory for sex workers across the country.

The decision deals with the bawdy-house law, which restricts indoor sex work, the “living on the avails” law, and the law restricting communicating in public for the purpose of prostitution.

March 20, 2012 | By Scott Bernstein

The Coalition for Public Legal Services (CPLS) today issued a letter to Premier Christy Clark demanding clarification of this statement she made in the Legislature on February 15, 2012:

March 16, 2012 | By Scott Bernstein

Harm reduction was front and centre in the discussion at the recent national convention of the Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP) in Calgary entitled Progress Not Prisons.  I attended this conference and spoke about my experiences with the Insite case on a harm reduction panel with Donald MacPherson of CDPC and Jennifer Vanderschaeghe of Central Alberta AIDS Network

March 16, 2012 | By Darcie Bennett

What do an engineer who spent 20 years designing therapeutic robotics for the US Department of Veterans Affairs, afterschool care providers from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, rural funeral directors, and the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries have in common?  They are all part of a three-year experiment undertaken by the Peter Wall Foundation aimed at connecting UBC professors with the broader community in order to more effectively use academic knowledge to address pressing social, health and environmental issues.

February 21, 2012 | By Darcie Bennett

The impacts of adult sentencing reforms, including mandatory minimum sentences for a number of drug offences, have garnered a lot of attention as Bill C-10, also known as the “Omnibus Crime Bill” makes its way through parliament, but also buried in the bill are significant changes to Canada’s Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).

February 17, 2012 | By Douglas King

In the last two weeks there has been a lot of discussion in the lower mainland about police dogs, and more specifically about an incident involving a bus, a police dog and one of our clients, Christopher Evans. Mr. Evans has elected to work with us to file a civil suit against the Vancouver Police Department in an effort to change the way police dogs are trained and deployed.

February 16, 2012 | By Scott Bernstein
He that is taken and put into prison or chains is not conquered, though overcome; for he is still an enemy - Thomas Hobbes


February 7, 2012 | By Darcie Bennett