Pivot Legal Society AGM

Posted on November 18, 2009


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Pivot Annual General Meeting


Featuring guest speaker Dr. Evan Wood presenting on drug policy, harm reduction and crack cocaine use.

All welcome!

Where: 112 West Hastings Street
When: November 25, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
Who: All members and interested members of the public are welcome

Cost: Free

2009 board member elections will take place following Dr. Wood’s talk. Interested candidates for the Board should contact jrichardson AT pivotlegal DOT com.

Members are hereby notified that at the AGM, proposed amendments to Pivot Legal Society’s bylaws will be forwarded to create the positions of “Honourary Director” and “Founding Director”. Text of the amendments will be available at the meeting, and in advance of the meeting on request.


The Drug Situation in Vancouver: Reality, perception and policy

In North America and around the world, the primary approach to controlling illicit drug use has been through law enforcement. However, a large body of scientific evidence demonstrates the limitations and harmful consequences of this approach. Despite the scientific evidence to the contrary, policy-makers continue to place ever increasing emphasis and public resources on law enforcement models. This talk will describe the discordance between research and policy and discuss the need for greater public discourse regarding alternative models for reducing drug-related harm.  In particular, Evan will discuss recent developments in the issue of harm reduction and crack cocaine use.

Evan Wood MD, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Division of AIDS at the University of British Columbia and Director of the Urban Health Research Initiative at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. Dr. Wood’s has extensive research experience in the area of clinical epidemiology, especially in evaluating the treatment of HIV/AIDS among injection drug users, and epidemiologic study design especially in evaluating HIV prevention interventions. Dr Wood was the founding principal investigator of North America’s first medically supervised safer injecting facility and is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Drug Policy.

Pivot’s mandate is to take a strategic approach to social change, using the law to address the root causes that undermine the quality of life of those most on the margins. We believe that everyone, regardless of income, benefits from a healthy and inclusive community where values such as opportunity, respect and equality are strongly rooted in the law.Our mailing address is:




678 Hastings Street East

Vancouver, BC V6A 1R1

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