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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Alex Procope will be speaking at an upcoming Ontario Bar Association Elder Law Section professional development program. Alex joined in a symposium on Privacy and Consent in Congregate Care along with John Risk of WeirFoulds LLP, Mary Jane Dykeman of DDO Health Law, and Graham Webb, Executive-Director of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly. The […]

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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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Kelley commented today in The Lawyer’s Daily, on mental capacity issues arising in the case of Canadian boxing legend George Chuvalo.  A recent ruling of the Superior Court (2018 ONSC 311) found that Mr. Chuvalo lacks mental capacity to decide whether to reconcile with his second wife.  Two of his adult children from his first […]

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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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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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The Law Commission of Ontario‘s Improving the Last Stages of Life project has entered its consultation phase. This project focuses on healthcare and healthcare transitions including palliative and end-of-life care. One important aspect of this is the burgeoning area of medical assistance in dying, which is now available to patients in Ontario that meet the […]

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Mercedes Perez was awarded one of the Mental Health Legal Committee’s 20th anniversary advocacy awards.  The award recognizes excellence in advocacy in mental health law.  The other recipients of this award were Jennifer Chambers and Lucy Costa (Empowerment Council) and lawyer Christel Francis. The Mental Health Legal Committee (MHLC) was formed in 1997 by a […]

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Mercedes Perez was interviewed by the Lawyered podcast on three recent and important developments in mental health law:  a constitutional challenge to Ontario’s community treatment order regime;  the Charter jurisdiction of the Ontario Review Board; and long-term psychiatric detention under Ontario’s Mental Health Act following the Court of Appeal’s decision in P.S. v. Ontario. Lawyered […]

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