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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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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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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The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario ruled on April 21, 2017 that the Peel police discriminated against Staff Sergeant BJ Sandhu when they failed to recommend him for promotion to the rank of Inspector.  The Tribunal found that Staff Sergeant Sandhu is a decorated officer whose excellent policing skills, combined with his cultural and linguistic […]

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  Kelley Bryan, along with Karen Spector representing the intervener ARCH, appeared in the Court of Appeal on March 24, 2017 to argue that individuals in the civil mental health system should be able to assert Charter rights before the Consent and Capacity Board.  Currently, if a person’s Charter rights are violated while in psychiatric […]

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Kelley’s client, Kofi Patrong, successfully defeated an appeal by the Toronto police, affirming his right to sue the police over a gang-related shooting that left him with a permanent disability.  Mr. Patrong was a teenager standing in his back yard when he was shot by a prominent gangster in Malvern, Scarborough.  At the time, he […]

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Joining other leading practitioners in the field of mental health law, Mercedes and Alex presented at the Law Society’s Practice Before the Consent and Capacity Board conference.  Mercedes spoke on the topic of law reform and Charter challenges to mental health legislation.  Alex’s paper was presented with practical tips on funding for a mental health law […]

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Mercedes Perez was co-counsel to the interveners Mental Health Legal Committee and the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic in a successful judicial review application in Divisional Court.  The case determined that a transgendered person who initiated a complaint against a doctor to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario was not thereafter prevented from […]

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