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13-19 July 2009: Mad Pride Week in Toronto

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Mad Pride week has come again to Toronto!

WHAT: Mad Pride Week in Toronto

WHERE: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

WHEN: 13-19 July 2009


Mad Pride is coming to Toronto! Again! The City of Toronto has officially proclaimed July 13 to 19, 2009 as Mad Pride Week! This is a week long festival of free arts, education and heritage activities which engages in community development, raises rights awareness and celebrates the lives of persons who have been impacted by the mental health system. The official opening is on Tuesday July 14 at 11 am with The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, The Honourable David Onley, Ontario Human Rights Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall,  Member of Provincial Parliament Cheri Dinovo, Toronto City Councillor Gord Perks,  and other invited guests. Week long activities will raise awareness using various forums from panel discussions to theatrical presentations.

Mad Pride Toronto Organizers have booked Metro Hall Rotunda at 55 John Street from Tuesday, July 14 to Friday, July 18th to showcase the great and MAD community. They have a parade permit so we can count on our traditional BED PUSH Parade on Saturday, July 18th from CAMH to PARC. This is one of many cultural events, check their web site for updates. Toronto is the home of Friendly Spike Theater, a sponsor group in MindFreedom and where Ruth Ruth does much of her culture work. Info on Toronto Mad Pride see: http://tinyurl.com/toronto-madpride09 If you search for Mad Pride on YouTube, you'll find videos of Toronto's past Mad Pride events.

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"I find inspiration and mental support in MindFreedom," says Chuck. "I like associating with like-minded activists for human rights in mental health. When I go into a Board or Commission and say I am a member of MindFreedom International. It gives what I say a lot more validity and my voice carries a lot farther. My first of eight involuntarily institutionalizations was at age 23. I have witnessed much injustice in mental health. I have been involved with the user and survivor movement since 1992. My goal is to help stop forced outpatient psychiatric procedures, seclusion, restraints and other human rights violations, psychiatric abuse and torture. Of particular concern is the elimination of forced electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) on people of all ages."
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