Archive: Show #167 "Involuntary Commitment"

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The Tory promise to get the mentally ill off the streets. While a Hamilton inquest ponders the death of a toddler stabbed to death by a mentally deranged woman, Mike Harris' government is working on a plan to take the mentally ill off the streets and put them into institutions. The government may give authorities this power if patients don't follow their "treatment plan". Priscilla de Villiers, whose daughter was killed by a deranged person, has joined patients' families in lobbying for the legislation. But Diana Capponi, who was detained for 72 hours while mentally ill, calls it an overreaction and unnecessary infringement on the civil liberties of patients.
Aired:
Sep 19, 1999