Graeme Bacque (
Wed, 18 Nov 1998 19:17:00 -0500

Bill 78, or the Mental Health Amendment Act, passed first reading in the
Ontario Legislature on November 4 this year. Basically what this
legislation does is allow for outpatient committal under the guise of
'leave agreements.' Bill 78's author - Liberal MPP Richard Patten -
claims that such arrangements would be voluntary - but there's nothing
'voluntary' about an arrangement that is entered into under duress
(where the only other option is continued incarceration and forced
'treatment') and the terms of which are legally binding, and can
ultimately be enforced by the police. In addition (as he tried to do
with 1996's Bill 111, which died at committee) Patten is seeking to make
it easier than ever, on the basis of unscientific, pseudo-medical
criteria, to have people deprived of their liberty without due process.

This bill goes for second reading on November 26. It appears to enjoy
all-party support in the Ontario Legislature.

If such legislated repression were to be implemented against any other
body of innocent persons, the public outcry would be enormous - why
should persons with psychiatric labels be any different? Let's make sure

the voices of psychiatric survivors and our supporters are heard - loud
and clear!

Wednesday, November 25 - come out and speak out!

12:00 Noon - Protest!  Outside the legislature

This event will be preceded by a press conference at 11:00 AM

For more information contact (416) 760-2795 or (416) 535-8501 x2018

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