Pivot Legal Society - Equality Lifts Everyone


January 24, 2012 | By Douglas King

This week at the Vancouver Police Board hearing where I presented on our service and policy complaint regarding the use of the VPD dog squad (more to come on that later this week), there was much discussion about the recent drop in property and violent crime across almost every district in the city.

January 23, 2012 | By Scott Bernstein


January 20, 2012 | By Darcie Bennett

Yesterday was the culmination of a pretty amazing journey for me. I sat in the front row at the Supreme Court of Canada as the as the federal government tried to persuade the country’s top court that Sheri Kiselbach, a former sex worker with 30 years of experience and Sex Workers United Against Violence (SWUAV), a non-profit organization run by and for street-based sex workers in the Downtown Eastside, do not have standing to challenge the laws related to adult prostitution because they are not directly affected.

January 10, 2012 | By Darcie Bennett

The Legal Service Society of BC (LSS) is  responsible for providing legal aid to people in British Columbia.  As a result of government cuts to the LSS budget, more and more low-income people in British Columbia have to rely on pamphlets, websites and summary advice services when navigating the family court system. Funding for family law representation is largely limited to short-term help for parents leaving abusive relationships.

December 8, 2011 | By Peter Wrinch

Back in 2003, when Vancouver won the bid for the 2010 Winter Olympics residents were promised an Olympic experience built on the three pillars of social, environmental and economic sustainability.  The flagship project of the most sustainable Olympics ever- the Olympic Village development on south east False Creek.

December 7, 2011 | By Douglas King

It was a little surprising to hear the news this morning that Richard Rosenthal, head of Denver’s police oversight agency, would be leaving his job and heading up to B.C. to lead our province's up and coming Independent Investigations Office, but only because it was just yesterday that I was meeting with one of the inspectors from VPD professional standards and neither of us was aware of the upcoming announcement. Pivot was one of the first organizations in B.C.

December 6, 2011 | By Peter Wrinch

At Pivot we have a bold vision for change. Our work is grounded in the belief that poverty and social exclusion are not inevitable. We take a bottom up approach to social change, working collaboratively with people impacted by poverty and marginalization to make a meaningful difference in their lives.

December 5, 2011 | By Katrina Pacey

When I opened my email last August and saw an invitation to a meeting called “Lawyering on the Margins” I could not believe my eyes. Is it possible that someone out there has the vision (and the resources!) to host a global meeting of lawyers who work with drug users, sex workers, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people? Do I really get to represent Pivot at this meeting in Denmark?

November 25, 2011 | By Darcie Bennett


This week, Firstcall released its annual child poverty report card and the results aren’t encouraging.

For the eighth year running, BC has the highest after tax child poverty rate in the country. But the real tragedy is not that every other province in the country continues to do a relatively better job than us at combating child poverty but rather that, after a downward trend that lasted several years, the absolute numbers of poor children in BC has once again started to climb.

November 22, 2011 | By Douglas King

This morning we kicked off National Housing Day 2011 in front of the Wonder Rooms, an SRO Hotel owned by notorious slumlord George Wolsey. Together with current and former residents of the Palace and Wonder single room occupancy hotels, the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council (DNC) and the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) we announced a new set of legal actions against Wolsey.