Give the woman a place to stay
I know little about the case of a 20 year old other than what I have read in the newspaper. I think the solution for Judge John Douglas is to review whether or not the young woman appeared before a Mental Health Review Board during her three-year stay at the Hillsborough Hospital.
The question is, did the young person's guardian simply accept she be placed in custody at the Hillsborough Hospital or did the girl's guardian appeal to the Mental Health Review Board?
The Liberals allow a lawyer to act as chairperson of Mental Health Review Board hearings by repealing legislation that required a P.E.I. Supreme Court Justice to act as chairperson in 1993. The Supreme Court of Canada had extended the right to legal aid from criminal law into civil law in 1999. The Supreme Court of Canada decades ago recognized that without a lawyer a person is at a disadvantage with the state. A person is at a disadvantage as a psychiatrist can testify before a Mental Health Review Board but refuse to testify in a court of law unless under a subpoena.
It didn't surprise me to read 22 people couldn't come up with a solution for the 20 year old. The Liberals ran up $7 million in surplus from Social Services budgets over the past two years and could have had the young woman placed in the community if an assessment had warranted.
The Liberals know I appeared before a government committee for a Youth Addiction facility and demanded both the Hillsborough Hospital and Mount Herbert be closed.
The Supreme Court of Canada has recognized a person's right to a lawyer but the not the police or hospitals.
Ontario courts have recognized a person can't be kept for more than six months, it is time Judge Douglas look at what means did people keep the 20-year-old girl at the Hillsborough Hospital and why. John W.A. Curtis Summerside