Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Start stop cross-examination of Professor Denis Rancourt at dismissal case tribunal
The very first question was (from memory) "Do you agree with the Maclean's magazine description of you as a self-described anarchist?"
[I should have answered: "Did you know that Mahatma Gandhi was a self-described anarchist?" or "I am not and have never been a member of the Communist Party." Sheez. What century are we in?]
That set the tone for the morning's questions which were all about Professor Rancourt allegedly using his U of O Watch blog and emails for vengeance and to inflict emotional hurt.
Finally, lead counsel for the union objected to the entire line of questioning as being irrelevant to the issues before the Arbitrator.
The Arbitrator asked for written legal submissions from both sides in order to decide if these broad questions will be allowed to continue. The Arbitrator will provide his decision by Tuesday May 21st when the hearings will resume, with or without the broad questions.
The purely legal arguments will be part of the public record.
Rancourt has blogged critically and with sting about his colleagues and the University administration since 2007, years before he was dismissed. Yet the University never reprimanded him for his blog reports or asked him to stop. Now it is using the blog to justify itself in the dismissal case.
By contrast, the University had to ask one certain Chairman of Chemistry "that he refrain from making such comments aimed towards you...": LINK.
General background document: HERE.