UPEI graduate released after being detained when seeking mental health care

September 20, 2021
CBC reports that University of Prince Edward Island graduate Mehdi Belhadj will be released after he was detained after seeking mental health care. Belhadj sought mental health care and was diagnosed with mental health conditions after his student status lapsed. He reportedly could not afford the cost of the care and was detained by Canada Border Services Agency for “excessive demand on the health-care system.” CBSA detained Balhadj at a provincial jail after he spent time in a psychiatric hospital in July, and determined he should be removed from Canada. After friends, supporters, and lawyers advocated for Belhadj, he was released on several conditions, including that he have a fixed address, regular therapy, and around-the-clock care. CBC | The Star (PE)