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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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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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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  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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Vincent Li’s killing of Tim McLean on a Greyhound bus in July 2008 is one of the most widely-publicized crimes in recent Canadian history.  Mr. Li, then a 40-year-old in an undiagnosed psychotic state, stabbed and beheaded Tim McLean, a stranger beside him on the bus.  Mr. Li was found not criminally responsible on account […]

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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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Mercedes Perez co-authored a paper with lawyers Tess Sheldon and Karen Spector analyzing the Charter’s liberty and equality protections for persons detained in psychiatric facilities.  The paper is titled “Re-Centering Equality:  The Interplay Between Sections 7 and 15 of the Charter in Challenges to Psychiatric Detention” and was published in the March 2016 issue of […]

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Kelley presents closing submissions to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario in support of her client’s allegations of racial discrimination within the Peel Regional Police Service.  Although the force is responsible for policing one of the largest South Asian communities in Canada, Kelley’s client claimed that no South Asian police officer had ever been promoted […]

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