Catching Up

Lots of mental health news this week. - New Releases - Two new books announced this week. Mental Health Courts: Decriminalizing the Mentally Ill (FORTHCOMING) by Dr. Justice Richard D. Schneider of the Ontario Court of Justice (also a clinical psychologist) appears to outline the benefits and operation of a mental health court. The author seeks to serve mental health service provides and criminal justice professionals.

Irwin Law also announces the forthcoming Mental Disorder and the Law: A Primer for Legal and Mental Health Practitioners by Ontario Psychiatrist and lawyer Hy Bloom. This one’s stated purpose is to “inform, promote understanding, and demystify” - if it fulfills its promise he should be charging more that the $50.00 listed. Irwin Law lists both at $50.00 if Dr. Justice or Dr. Counsellor send me a copy, I promise to review it.

If you are interested in another psychiatrist's perspective on mental health law, try Dr. Stephen Hucker's webtext Forensic Psychiatry.

Inquest Update: The Chief Coroner seeks to have the Divisional Court overturn the decision of the Honourable (and former Supreme Court of Canada) Mr. Justice Peter Cory which held that his failure to make inquests mandatory in the death of psychiatric inpatients discriminates on the basis of mental disorder. Our client calls upon the Coroner to hold an inquest into her mother Melba Braithwaite's death while the courts review the decision.

Police Records and the Use of Non-Criminal Information: The Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office (PPAO) is holding a meeting on this topic June 28th, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. - If you are planning on attending the meeting, please contact Dorothy Bursey at(416)327-7000.

Finally, on homelessness, Voices from the Street presents:
on Wednesday, June 28th from 10am-12 noon "In Dialogue: homelessness and housing issues from a local/global perspective." Featuring special guests: Beth Chitewe-Biti (Director, Dialogue on Shelter, Zimbabwe) and Angela Robertson(Executive Director, Sistering, Toronto). Discussion will be moderated by activist and author Pat Capponi. This event will include exciting updates from Voices From the Street members who attended the recent World Urban Forum in Vancouver.

This event will take place at City Hall, Committee Room #2. Light Refreshments will be provided and a limited number of TTC tickets will be made available on a first come first served basis for those who could not otherwise afford to attend.

If you have any questions, please e-mail or call Becky McFarlane at 416.504.1693 ext. 226.