Speaker’s Corner: A Mental-Health Lawyer’s Wake-Up Call to the Profession

In September, the federal prison ombudsman wrote that Corrections Canada was warehousing people with mental-health disabilities and that “Canadian penitentiaries are becoming the largest psychiatric facilities in the country.”

Then in October, the Toronto Star discussed how an accused person’s mental health had deteriorated to the point where he pushed children in front of a
subway car. At the same time, our society puts people with mental-health disabilities and addictions in municipal shelters. On average, my clients have
been homeless for seven years before I meet them.