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Erick Fabris. Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Poison or Prison? Your Choice: Community Treatment Orders as Chemical Incarceration in Ontario Psychiatric Survivor Experience

This people’s report on the status of CTOs in Ontario uses psychiatric practitioners reports on survivor experiences of CTOs to show that tranquilization (in the home or in a prison) are a preferred method of state custodialism: a chemical incarceration. CTOs show not only how coercions that exist informally (often in the form of ‘therapeutic agreements’) are legally coherent and documented, but also how the notion of psychiatric negotiation may include ‘coercion’ as one of many ‘treatment modalities’. By ‘choosing’ a CTO in Ontario, for example, the industry hopes to show that coercion is a treatment amenable, even necessary, to good health. I will interrogate this idea of treatment-induced ‘insight’ as health rather than abeyance, and of the psychiatric industry’s claim that ‘insight’ is a requirement for claiming constitutional rights.

Lilith Finkler.  Disabilities Advocate; Trudeau Scholar; School of Planning, Law, Dalhousie University

Psychiatric Survivor Human Rights at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)

Ontario legislation prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability.  Nonetheless, municipal officials continue to oppose housing for psychiatric survivors. Sometimes municipalities employ exclusionary zoning to stymie development.  Cases originally heard before municipal committees are sometimes appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board, an administrative tribunal that renders decisions regarding land use disputes.

Efforts to directly challenge discriminatory zoning at the OMB have not been successful. Supreme Court decisions state that adjudicators can hear human rights arguments pertaining to matters under their jurisdiction, OMB members, however, do not believe they can do so.  This discrepancy between perceived and real juridical authority makes it difficult to address human rights violations before the OMB.  In addition, housing developers wish to contain legal costs and are reluctant to anger municipal funders.  These factors compromise psychiatric survivor human rights in a land use law context.

Amy Lynn Klassen.  Sociology, University of Alberta

Do Albertans Socially Reject Psychiatric Patients and their Families?

The stigma of mental illness is a public health concern that demands our attention because of the impact that psychiatric labels have on the lives of people with mental illness. I will be analyzing 12 questions from the 2007 Alberta Survey, a random sample of 1200 adult Albertans. My analysis will evaluate whether the desire for social distance

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