U of O Watch mission, in the words of Foucault...

"One knows … that the university and in a general way, all teaching systems, which appear simply to disseminate knowledge, are made to maintain a certain social class in power; and to exclude the instruments of power of another social class. … It seems to me that the real political task in a society such as ours is to criticise the workings of institutions, which appear to be both neutral and independent; to criticise and attack them in such a manner that the political violence which has always exercised itself obscurely through them will be unmasked, so that one can fight against them." -- Foucault, debating Chomsky, 1971.

U of O Watch mission, in the words of Socrates...

"An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all." -- Socrates

video of president allan rock at work

Monday, September 26, 2011

University's lawyer Lynn Harnden wants to ban the reasons for a ban in hearings of the Rancourt dismissal case -- video

Have you ever noticed that every time a lawyer makes an argument for some crazy thing he always starts by saying that he doesn't want the crazy thing?

In this video, University of Ottawa's hired lawyer Lynn Harnden provides a brilliant example, at the May 2, 2011, first day of labour arbitration hearings into the wrongful dismissal case of Denis Rancourt.

Lawyering 101: "He doesn't want a publication ban on the hearings."

Just a ban until the hearings are done and a decision is rendered, two years or more say, since he agrees this is of public interest... ah humm. Oh, and he doesn't want to show his arguments as to why such an "enriched exclusion" is necessary...

This passes for reasonable arguments in this world.

See another video of Lynn Harnden in action HERE.

See all UofOWatch posts about the arbitration hearings HERE.

See links and details about the arbitration hearings at academicfreedom.ca HERE.

Student demands $7,110.68 per year salary for work on university senate - Canada's university

An obvious case of discrimination...

Pay equity for students at the University of Ottawa...

Collegial governance has a price...

Joseph Hickey wants $7,110.68 per year and back pay now.

Here is the link:

Friday, September 23, 2011

University Senate motion would require president to answer university involvement in Joanne St. Lewis v. Denis Rancourt defamation lawsuit

Senator Joseph Hickey has posted a motion submission on his university senate blog.

The motion would require president Allan Rock to answer about any University involvement in the Joanne St. Lewis v. Denis Rancourt defamation lawsuit over posts on Rancourt's U of O Watch blog.

The posted motion submission is here:
Motion on Academic Freedom — University of Ottawa’s Involvement in the Civil Litigation between Joanne St. Lewis and Denis Rancourt

As background, all related posts about the lawsuit are HERE.

Links to all pleadings and court documents in the lawsuit are HERE.

A Law Times media article about the lawsuit is HERE.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Science dean Andre E. Lalonde's office barricade rescinded

Science dean Andre E. Lalonde was recently replaced by interim dean Steve F. Perry.

Lalonde had installed a sophisticated protection against walk-in students or staff members at the dean's office.

Recall this video:

Well now the locks are gone and sanity has returned. Fear has been replaced with an open-door concept. What a novel idea for a university faculty.

Here is the memo:

Subject: Open door at the Office of the Dean
From: "Louise Hotte"
Date: Mon, 19 September, 2011 2:24 pm
To: science graduate students

Hello everyone,

It is with pleasure that I announce that the entrance door to the Office of the Dean has been unlocked as of now, no need to ring the doorbell anymore. It will be my pleasure to welcome you as usual.

Thank you
Louise Hotte
Secrétaire du doyen / Secretary to the Dean
Faculté des sciences / Faculty of Science
Pavillon Marion / Marion Hall
140 Louis Pasteur
Tél: 613-562-5985
Télécopieur: 613-562-5193.

Monday, September 12, 2011

University Senate member decries alleged malfeasance at the University of Ottawa -- Three latest posts at Student-s-Eye-View

One of the few University of Ottawa senate members to consistently practice collegial governance by opposing the president Allan Rock "executive rule" era is physics graduate student Joseph Hickey.

Hickey documents his efforts to impose ethical behaviour on the Rock administration on his blog about senate: "A Student's-Eye View".

His three latest (September 11, 2011) blog posts are particularly hard hitting:::

Executive rule v. collegial governance... It's like there is too much stuff...! More bloggers are needed.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Global News Reporter's File::: State of academic freedom in Canada's capital -- video

The Press-TV Global News report of September 8, 2011 (4:30pm GMT) contained this segment about the state academic freedom in Canada, and in Canada's capital Ottawa in particular.

The Press TV video report features:
  • James Turk (Executive Director, Canadian Association of University Teachers),
  • Yavar Hameed (human rights lawyer),
  • Joseph Hickey (student representative on the Senate, University of Ottawa),
  • Ian Bron (Managing Director, Canadians for Accountability),
  • Denis Rancourt (wrongfully dismissed Full Professor with tenure, University of Ottawa), and
  • activist students being wrongfully arrested for free expression on the campus of Carleton University (Ottawa).

Labour law tribunal hearings into the wrongful dismissal of Denis Rancourt are on-going and can be followed HERE.