Pivot Legal Society - Equality Lifts Everyone


September 15, 2011 | By Peter Wrinch

One of the hardest parts of working at Pivot is saying goodbye to the amazing people that come in and out of the Pivot orbit. Saying goodbye to this year’s summer interns seemed particularly difficult. I think it is because we all worked so closely – both in physical proximity (cozy, collaborative, office space) and because Pivot’s new team structure allows people’s ideas, commitment, and personalities to come to the surface. Our system encourages collaboration, debate, accountability and leadership which in the end resulted in engagement, enthusiasm, and connection.

September 14, 2011 | By Darcie Bennett


This summer we asked our supporters to help us launch our new “Yes in my backyard!” Toolkit and three local YIMBYs stepped up and accepted the challenge.

August 29, 2011 | By Darcie Bennett

Starting September 1st Pivot’s Jane Doe Legal Network will be offering legal advice clinics for women survivors of violence. Thanks to the generous support of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, family lawyer Adrian McKeown and immigration lawyer Lobat Sadrehashemi will be available to meet with women who have experienced violence and are navigating the legal system without representation.

Going into this press conference, Doug King was saying this one would be easy. People don’t need convincing that the conditions of the Palace and Wonder hotels, run by slumlord George Wolsey, are unacceptable. The press arrived at Pathways Information Centre in the Downtown Eastside eager to hear the updates on a case that could really set the stage for some important improvements to low-income housing in BC.

The balance to be struck in youth criminal justice is between punishment/deterrence and prevention/rehabilitation. If law makers consider the makeup of a young person’s brain it becomes more apparent where that line should be drawn. A young mind is very receptive. It is more able to adapt and absorb information than an adult brain. Crafting a sentence ought to be informed by this principle. Incarcerating youth exposes them to other offenders where they can exchange stories, learning the tricks of other criminal trades, and should be the method of last resort for most young offenders.

When selling Megaphone magazine or the Hope in Shadows calendar, our vendors have a real challenge in trying to a close a sale given they only have a few seconds to interact with the people walking by. In order to help give our vendors some tips, Jamie Scarborough of Sales Talent Agency dropped by the Interurban Gallery on Tuesday morning to teach them how they can turn those few seconds of interaction into a successful sale.

Earlier this week, there was a big hullaballoo across the street from the Pivot office as provincial housing minister Rich Coleman and Port Moody MP James Moore gathered to officially open Sorella, a 108-unit supportive housing building for women. The men also took the opportunity to plug a $180 million affordable housing agreement between the federal and provincial governments. This is how the press release from the province started:

For more than two years now, Pivot has been releasing a podcast on Rabble and on our own website. Most of the time, these weekly updates cover recent Pivot actions or news related to our organization. Recently, though, we had the idea to branch out with our podcasts a bit -- to speak to people outside of Pivot about their perspective on our work and how it intersects with our own. We came up with a short list of activists, politicians and academics who would fit the bill.

Casting the ballots

The votes are pouring in as Hope in Shadows selects the prize-winners and photos to go into this year’s calendar. We trekked all over Vancouver, asking supporters to cast a vote for their top photos in the public vote. With just one more day left for people to see the Top 40, the voting stations are soon coming to close.