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"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.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

PRESS RELEASE::: International MDs sue U of O for conspiracy to injure -- $120 million claim made public

(OTTAWA, January 30, 2012) – Dr. Waleed AlGhaithy (Neurosurgery Residency Program, University of Ottawa), Dr. Khalid Aba-Alkhail (Cardiac Surgery Residency Program) and Dr. Manal Al-Saigh (same) have filed a joint action against the University of Ottawa and several of its officials.

Discrimination, conspiracy to injure, malfeasance in public office, breaches of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, defamation, breach of contract, and negligence are claimed against the University and several of its officials.

Among the individual defendants are Dr. Jacques Bradwejn – Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. James Worthington – Ottawa Hospital’s Vice-President of Medical Affairs and Patient Safety, Dr. Paul Bragg – Associate Dean Postgraduate Medical Education, Dr. Eric Poulin – Chair of the Department of Surgery, Dr. Therry Mesana – Chair of the Cardiac Surgery Division, Dr. Richard Moulton – Chair of the Neurosurgery Division, Dr. Fraser Rubens – Cardiac Surgery Program Director, and Dr. John Sinclair – former Neurosurgery Program Director.

The claim casts a spotlight on the state of medical training of foreign medical residents at both provincial and national levels in Canadian universities and illustrates some of the hurdles faced by foreign doctors at the U of O.

The plaintiffs’ case had garnered media attention in the Spring of 2011 when they held a press conference to announce that they had filed a Human Rights Complaint against the University of Ottawa.

They are represented by lawyers Douglas Christie and Barbara Kulaszka.

For more details please follow the link to the statement of claim: Aba-AlKhail et al. v. University of Ottawa et al. CV-11-440336.

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For more information please contact:

Mireille Gervais, LL.L.
Director, Student Appeal Centre
Student Federation of the University of Ottawa
Email: case.cresac@sfuo.ca

Khalid Aba-AlKhail, MD
Cardiac Surgery Program
University of Ottawa

All related posts about this case and the Faculty of Medicine are HERE.


Anonymous said...

Wow, this looks pretty damning.

Anonymous said...

No kidding - 3 Saudi medical studends on visas whose tuition and expenses were paid by their home government hire the lawyer who defended Keegtra, Zundel, Ahenekew, and other people with ties to the KKK, Aryan Nation, and Heritage Front to sue a Canadian medical faculty for discrimination. Wow. Talk about strange bedfellows.

Anonymous said...

Not so much - their legal claim is long but doesnt seem to clearly desrcibe the actual discrimination or demeaning conduct. It also states they were fully funded by their Saudi government for their tuition and expenses, so their $$$ claim amount is just whack.

What's more interesting is why Saudi visa students would hire notorious lawyers whose previous clients include Ernst Zundel, David Ahenakew, Jim Keegstra and members of the KKK, Aryan Nation, and Heritage Front. A quick google of their names - not a team known for helping minorities fight systemic discrimination. I guess there is a first time for everything. Why the SFUO would let themselves be associated with this is beyond me. This will be interesting to watch.

Anonymous said...

shame why destroying dr waleed alghaithy he is one of the best
read this leaked e mail
From: Moulton, Richard [mailto:rimoulton@Ottawahospital.on.ca]
Sent: October 3, 2009 10:14 PM
To: Tsai, Eve
Subject: Strictly Confidential
It is uncertain whether Al-Ghaithy et al. would take this matter further to an external body such as
the Human Rights Tribunal. However, I can predict with certainty that fixing Al-Ghaithy would
deter the others from doing so. I have had discussions with the Dean and Chief of Surgery and
the consensus is that Al-Ghaithy must be removed. Over the last few months I have been working
closely with Dr. Worthington and Dr. Bragg, and let me assure you that we are not that far. You
have to appreciate here that we are dealing with a strong resident and probably the best we have,
at least from an academic perspective. This together with his popularity among the residents
made some of the conventional methods unsuccessful.
At the end of the day the University will not sacrifice one of its faculty members for the sake of
few disgruntled out-funded residents, and I doubt it very much that the other complainants would
prosecute you outside the campus in a process that is naturally protracted and financially

Anonymous said...

كندا اصبحت مثل العالم المتخلف
واذا كان هذا التصرف العنصرى ضد الاجانب
يحدث فى الجامعه وهى مكان المتعلمين والطبقه الراقيه من المجتمع فكيف يكون الشارع الكندى اظن ان الامر خطير
Canada has become as the backward country
If this racist act against foreigners
Happening in the university, a place of educated and upper class of society, how is the street of canda I think it's serious need to be fixed