On October 18, 2019, Alex returned to guest speak on the topic of advocacy in capacity law practice the Windsor Law Mental Health and the Law course. Topics included professional ethics and personal morality, avoiding paternalism, client-directed advocacy, maintaining independence and the practical retainer issues in a social justice advocacy role. […]

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Alex Procope is now a contract lecturer in the Gerontology program at Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. He will be instructing an Elder Law course he designed over the winter entitled: Aging: Ethical and Legal Considerations. The following description is from the course outline: The course provides a framework for managing […]

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Alex Procope will be speaking as a guest instructor in the University of Toronto Faculty of Social Work course: Special Issues in Gerontological Social Work taught by Laura Tamblyn Watts on March 25, 2018. Alex will be speaking about Mental Health and Aging, including detentions and assessments under Ontario’s Mental Health Act, hearings at the […]

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Mercedes Perez, appointed by the Superior Court of Justice as amicus curiae, successfully raised procedural fairness issues in an appeal from a treatment incapacity decision of the Consent and Capacity Board. The decision has been published in the March 15, 2019 edition of the Ontario Reports. The appellant suffered from schizaffective disorder and had been […]

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Alex Procope and Jane Meadus are again co-directing the Osgoode Certificate in Elder Law Program 2019 this winter. This Certificate Program is an intensive 5-day series presented by Osgoode Professional Development. The faculty includes experts in law, health and policy. This multi-disciplinary perspective gives graduates of the program a solid understanding of: capacity law; powers of attorney; […]

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In Rae v. Collins, the Ontario Court of Justice considered the rarely invoked detention powers in Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act (“HPPA”) in the context of a man infected with tuberculosis. In this unreported case, Mercedes Perez successfully argued that the quarantine detention powers should be subject to a minimally intrusive standard; that is, […]

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Mercedes Perez was invited to speak at an Osgoode Hall Law School conference titled “Fairness, Mental Health and Administrative Process” held on September 19, 2018.  Mercedes, along with Lucy Costa (Deputy Executive Director of the Empowerment Council) and Brendon Pooran (Pooran Law), spoke on the “Perspectives and Voices” panel.  Mercedes’ talk focused on fairness issues […]

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Alex Procope will be speaking at an upcoming Ontario Bar Association Elder Law Section professional development program. Alex joined in a symposium on Privacy and Consent in Congregate Care along with John Risk of WeirFoulds LLP, Mary Jane Dykeman of DDO Health Law, and Graham Webb, Executive-Director of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly. The […]

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Kelley was excited to speak at the 3rd Annual Mental Disorder and Criminal Justice Conference on April 28, 2018.  The conference was co-hosted by the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the Law and Mental Disorder Association, and covered many recent issues relating to offenders with mental health issues in the criminal justice system.  Along with co-panelists […]

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Kelley commented today in The Lawyer’s Daily, on mental capacity issues arising in the case of Canadian boxing legend George Chuvalo.  A recent ruling of the Superior Court (2018 ONSC 311) found that Mr. Chuvalo lacks mental capacity to decide whether to reconcile with his second wife.  Two of his adult children from his first […]

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