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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Mercedes Perez along with Karen Steward of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly represented the Mental Health Legal Committee (MHLC) in an intervention at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ewert v. Canada. The decision was released on June 13, 2018. The Supreme Court’s decision was a big win for prisoners of Indigenous descent who […]

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Alex Procope presented his paper on human rights and accommodating disabilities at the Law Society of Ontario‘s continued professional development program The Six-Minute Estates Lawyer Program, which took place in Toronto on May 3, 2018. This program was designed to get Estate solicitors and litigators up to date with legislative developments, recent case law, and best practices. […]

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PBP Lawyers participated in a consultation session with the Law Commission of Ontario on its “Improving the Last Stages of Life” project.  This project considers how the law impacts the rights and choices for persons who are dying and their caregivers.  The Law Commission is conducting consultations throughout the province in order to better identify […]

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The Law and Mental Disorder Association (LAMDA) has prepared an open letter to the anonymous donor of $100 million to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, urging that some portion of the very generous donation be directed to meet some of the needs of those suffering with mental health issues.  Perez Bryan Procope LLP […]

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Mercedes Perez and co-counsel Karen Steward (Advocacy Centre for the Elderly) represented the intervenor Mental Health Legal Committee (MHLC) at the Supreme Court of Canada today in Ewert v. Canada. The case involved a Charter challenge to the Correctional Service of Canada’s use of psychiatric actuarial risk assessment tools, such as the Violence Risk Appraisal […]

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Alex Procope joins Jane Meadus from the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, as co-director of the 2018 Osgoode Certificate in Elder Law Program. This 5-day intensive seminar program put on by Osgoode Professional Development was specifically designed by and for legal and health care experts to bring clarity to this complex area. More information about the […]

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In a statement of claim filed in July 2017, Philip Alafe has sued the Brantford police over his treatment while he was held overnight in a police cell in July 2015.   Kelley Bryan and Alex Procope are representing Mr. Alafe in the claim. In April 2017, Justice Lenz of the Ontario Court of Justice stayed Mr. Alafe’s charges […]

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An Ontario judge has found that psychiatric patients at the Oak Ridge division of the Penetanguishene Mental Health Centre (today the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care) endured gross violations of their human dignity and human rights and were tortured both mentally and physically while detained. The case was a multi-plaintiff proceeding commenced in 2000 […]

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