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

Saturday, May 9, 2015

St. Lewis v. Rancourt -- Court Reporter Transcript of the Entire Trial


There were 15 days (or partial-days) of hearings in the trial in the case Joanne St. Lewis v. Denis Rancourt, including all trial motions and jury selection.

The first day was a hearing of a defendant's (Rancourt) recusal motion, heard on May 7, 2014. The last day of trial was the judge's reading of his reasons in making a permanent injunction against the defendent, on June 6, 2014.

The entire official court reporter's transcript of all the hearings in the trial is available HERE.

Rancourt and a few other participants spoke in French, and the court's language-interpretation from French to English (done on the fly) is included in the transcripts.


Justice Michel Z. Charbonneau, trial judge

Richeard Dearden, plaintiff's lead lawyer
Anastasia Semenova, plaintiff's lawyer
Peter Doody, lawyer for the University of Ottawa, opposing the defendent

Denis Rancourt, self-represented defendant


Joanne St. Lewis, plaintiff

Allan Rock, president of the University of Ottawa
Camille Nelson, expert witness
Charlynne MacCharles, plaintiff's counselor
Bruce Feldthusen, former dean of common law section, University of Ottawa
Denis Laberge, plaintiff's brother-in-law
Jacqueline Yvette Beckles, department of justice lawyer and plaintiff's friend
John Curie, law professor, University of Ottawa
Robert Major, former VP-Academic, University of Ottawa
Saron Gebresellasi, law student, University of Ottawa
Sileen St. Lewis, plaintiff's mother

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The CanLII interlocutory, trial, and appeal rulings in the case are here:

Links to all/most court-filed documents in the case are here:

An appeal hearing has been listed at the Court of Appeal for Ontario for June 26, 2015, at 10:30 AM. See links to factums (arguments) on appeal in THIS blogpost.

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