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Defunding the Police: What it Could Mean for Mental Health in Canada

Two days after footage of the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minnesota sent shockwaves around the world and sparked protests against police brutality and racism, a Toronto woman named Regis Korchinski-Paquet fell 24 floors to her death after her mother had called police to take her to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. While the role of the police in this tragedy is being investigated, experts in Canada are joining those in the United States who are calling for defunding the police. But what is defunding and what could it mean for mental health in Canada? We answer some of the questions you may have.

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