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Court: Psychiatric Hospital Committed Assault and Battery

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The Oak Ridge building at Waypoint Mental Health Center in Penetanguishene,
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by Tom Blackwell, The National Post

One former head of an Ontario government psychiatric hospital compared the experimental treatment regimen used there for almost 20 years to the brainwashing employed by Chinese military in the 1960s.

It seems he wasn’t exaggerating.

Patients, many found not-guilty of crimes by reason of mental illness, were fed LSD and other hallucinogenic drugs until they became delirious; kept naked for days with other inmates in a windowless “capsule;” and enclosed in another locked room where fellow patients meted out painful punishment.

The “therapy” imposed from 1966 to 1983 was pointless, unethical and highly damaging, an Ontario judge ruled this week in a drawn-out civil lawsuit.

After 20 years of stop-and-go litigation, Justice Ed Morgan concluded the province and two psychiatrists at the facility were liable for assault and battery, saying the bizarre array of techniques caused lasting, severe harm in some cases.

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