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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Mercedes Perez successfully represented a patient detained at the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in a hospital transfer appeal. The patient had been civilly detained at Waypoint’s maximum secure unit pursuant to provisions in Ontario’s Mental Health Act. He applied to the Consent and Capacity Board for a transfer to the North Bay Regional […]

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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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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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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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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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