What’s Caught our Attention – August 2019

Know Your Rights Handbook: A guide for people who rely on public space

In July 2019, Pivot Legal Society published “Know Your Rights”, a toolkit designed for people who rely on public space and regularly interact with law enforcement figures, including police, bylaw officers, and private security guards, due to their living conditions.

In tandem with the research and publication of Project Inclusion, Pivot staff have been consulting with community groups and individuals who rely on public space and experience heightened surveillance and harassment. Between 2018-19, feedback sessions were held that informed the development of this resource. The resulting toolkit provides basic information about legal rights and practical actions people can take when they are confronted by enforcement figures in public spaces.

This resource is also intended to provide legal information to advocates and service provides so that they can better support and advocate for people who rely on public space.

You can learn more and access the toolkit here.

Addicts and Allies Humanizing Addiction featured in Comox Valley Record

Comox Valley Record published an article featuring Addicts and Allies Humanizing Addiction, a peer-led group in Courtenay.

“We are a local group of addicts who focus on harm reduction education, overdose prevention, and community clean-ups in an effort to humanize people who use substances and reduce stigma related to addiction,” said Ed. “We offer naloxone training, harm reduction education, and a culture of acceptance regardless of an individual’s life circumstances.”

The article can be read on the Comox Valley Record website here.

Six things to do this International Overdose Awareness Day

The BC Ministry of Mental Health and Additions published a list of six ideas to acknowledge and take action on International Overdose Awareness Day happening on August 31st worldwide. The list includes information on where to access materials, take naloxone training and links to events across BC.

You can read the list here.