Behind locked doors: Abuses of patients’ rights in psychiatric facilities

By Anita Szigeti (August 23, 2022, 1:30 PM EDT) -- On July 29, 2022, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its judgment in Barker v. Barker ([2022] O.J. No. 3526, a landmark decision that could lead to similar litigation by psychiatric patients detained by the state in hospitals across the province. Ontario’s top court awarded damages ranging from $1,000 to nearly $3 million to 28 plaintiffs who were subjected to experimental “treatments” for their mental disorders at the maximum secure psychiatric facility previously known as Oakridge (now Waypoint)....
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