Thursday, November 24, 2005

Free from the public trustee

The law should be changed . Good for the Winnipeg Sun expose of this freedom issue.

"It's too bad we had to go through all this trouble," said Grace Hanaway, Thomas' wife, adding she's relieved it's finally over. "Some people may need help but they (government) have got to sort it out properly and fairly."

And that's exactly the problem with the legislation and policies that govern the Public Trustee process.

There are almost no checks and balances in the system and no accessible appeal mechanisms. And once the Public Trustee takes over, it's very difficult to get them out of your life.

In fact, it's impossible without going to court and spending a few thousand dollars on lawyers' fees.

Hanaway, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, became ensnared in the system after he underwent a psychiatric assessment at a geriatric centre he was attending.

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