Remember Ellen Richardson’s story? She’s a Canadian citizen who was denied entry into the United States because of her history of mental illness.
When Ms. Richardson shared her story with the media, others came forward with experiences of discrimination based on their medical histories. The incidents highlight the pervasive prejudice faced by people with mental illness every day.
How are U.S. border guards getting access to personal health information in the first place? This question was the focus of the Information and Privacy Commissioner’s (IPC) report, Crossing the Line: The Indiscriminate Disclosure of Attempted Suicide Information to U.S. Border Officials via CPIC, that was released today.
It’s that time of year when governments across the country are presenting budgets for the upcoming year. As someone who once worked for a Minister of Finance, I can attest to the lengthy process that precedes Budget Day. Read more
This past weekend I found myself in a sold-out theatre taking in John Kastner’s film NCR: Not Criminally Responsible at the Hot Docs Film fest. The documentary tells the story of a man, Sean Clifton, who is found NCR after stabbing a woman in a mall parking lot. The timing of its release is perfect. We couldn’t be at a more critical time in history given the federal government’s proposed changes to the NCR defense. Read more
The Federal Government has announced the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act that proposes changes to the ‘Not Criminally Responsible on Account of Mental Disorder (NCR)’ process. If passed, this Act will represent a shift in how Canada views and treats a vulnerable minority of people with mental illness. Read more