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 presented his paper: The Ongoing History of Section 3 Counsel: Origins of the Role and a Path Forward at day 1 of the 22nd Estates and Trusts Summit program on October 16, 2019. The Estates and Trusts summit is the largest professional development program presented by the Law Society of Ontario and was […]

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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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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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