We’ve all seen movies or TV shows where the brilliant psychopath escapes criminal liability by using the “insanity defence.” On the steps of the courthouse, he or she would smile deviously and walk out free as a bird, thrilled to have […]
Disability means different things to different people depending on their outlook and their experiences, but in the legal system, and particularly with respect to the legal eligibility thresholds to qualify for public benefits, “disability” often has a lengthy, detailed and meticulous […]
This week I had my first Mental Health Review Board hearing as a legal advocate. As tends to happen with firsts, the experience left a strong impression on me. So much about the hearing process is new to me – the […]
In a recent BC Court of Appeal decision engaging significant access to justice and freedom of religion issues, CLAS was successful in defending our client’s rights.
Our client filed a human rights complaint against the Province of BC, specifically the […]
As an Advocate, I work closely with my clients while they challenge their certification under the Mental Health Act. A common concern repeatedly raised by clients is about access to and the quality of affordable housing moving forward from hospitalization. A common […]