March 15: Margot Young

Allard School of Law’s own Professor Margot Young will be speaking in the final lecture of the Centre’s Spring lecture series on section 7 of the Charter and housing justice. She will discuss how the struggle for the “soul” of section 7 is an uphill one, requiring that standard shibboleths of liberal legalism—the distinction between positive and negative rights and concerns around justifiability—be faced down.


In PDF: Lecture Poster 03.15.16 Margot Young


Panel Discussion: “Gentrification on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside”

CFLS & the Social Justice Action Network present a collaborative panel discussion:

DISAPPEARING HOMES: Gentrification on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside   

This panel will explore the intersections between gentrification, equality, and the law. This is a particularly interesting topic for Vancouverites, as some of our city’s low-income communities face growing threats to their ability to remain in their neighbourhoods. Come hear from a grassroots organizer, a lawyer, and an urban geographer about the issues, research and reactions surrounding gentrification in Vancouver.

Tuesday, 11 February @ 12:30 PM
Room 122, Allard Hall (1822 East Mall)
View the Facebook event here.

Wendy Pedersen, Grassroots Organizer  

Wendy is a long-time DTES resident and community organizer who has worked as a researcher with the Carnegie Community Action Project, a project of the Carnegie Centre that seeks to keep the DTES a low income friendly community.

DJ Larkin, Lawyer, Pivot Legal Society

DJ was drawn to law by her belief in the law’s power to build a more just society. She currently focuses her practice on litigating and researching the criminalization of homelessness, systems of housing which infringe the human rights and housing rights of low-income renters and housing policies and practices that put women and families at risk.

Lisa Freeman, Post-Doctoral Fellow, SFU Geography

Lisa is an urban legal geographer with roots in anti-poverty activism. Her research interests include municipal governance, single-room occupancy dwellings, gentrification, suburban poverty and public space. She uses feminist research methodologies to explore marginality, inequality and power within urban and suburban spaces.

View the current lecture schedule here.