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

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Year 7: Allan Rock discovers the utility of universities

On April 14, 2015, school administrator Allan Rock gave a speech at the Economic Club in Toronto (LINK).

As Mr. Rock ends his second mandate at the U of O, having supervised seven years of building-construction growth and of assimilating Franco-Ontarian culture, he has now discovered ...:

“My message here today is that if our universities are given the tools they need, and if they build stronger relationships and new partnerships with industry, they can be the centrepiece of a national strategy to overcome the performance gaps holding us back. Universities can help make Canada the most innovative country in the world”

OK, but universities are of provincial jurisdiction, a fact that Rock has tried hard to deny with all kinds of UN-inspired globalization pet projects... Otherwise, brilliant idea. Especially from a former minister of industry who was not exactly known for helping to "make Canada the most innovative country in the world".

He was more known as minister of health for arbitrarily denying reparations to victims of tainted blood, and as the guy who made Canada safer (ahumm) with a gun registry that went somewhat over budget and never impacted crime rates.

He was also known for accepting what appeared to be a bribe:

"[Rock's] behaviour since the Irving affair became public has revealed him to be ethically challenged. […] it took Rock days to apologize. And he only grudgingly did so after Labour Minister Claudette Bradshaw rose in the Commons and offered an unqualified apology for accepting a ride on the Irving corporate jet three years ago. She also announced she was reimbursing the family for the flight."
Ottawa Citizen, November 8, 2003, page 1.

Then, he was shipped off to the UN for a cure. Coming out, he was the perfect guy to run a university... ?

It was worth it, with this latest discovery of how to fix Canada. Thank you Mr. Rock.

Oh, and this little sound track of Mr. Rock illustrating his open-door policy by screaming at a student, for no apparent good reason: LINK.

Liberals, rah-rah-rah.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Michaëlle Jean to step down as University of Ottawa chancellor

Michaëlle Jean is getting out at the same time that Allan Rock leaves the ship. (LINK)

Together, they will have presided over the rape culture era at U of O, showing the way to all institutions similarly afflicted.

Part of the made-at-U-of-O solution is mandatory education on rape culture suppression, including for staff.

Will there be a media event when Allan Rock and the VPs attend their first re-education session? Will they receive the same curriculum as the deans of faculties, and will the curriculum be shared into the public domain to the benefit of all?