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, June 29, 2015

Ottawa lawyer argues that Allan Rock acted in malice and bad faith

Throw out hockey player lawsuit, University of Ottawa asks judge
Andrew Seymour, Ottawa Citizen
Published on: June 25, 2015


Greenspon said the players are seeking damages for Rock’s decision to go public and tar all the players with the same brush after the allegations of sexual misconduct first arose. Greenspon alleged that Rock knew at the time that only two players were allegedly involved, and that Creppin and at least four other players weren’t even at the hotel at the time of the alleged incident.

Greenspon said Rock, as a former federal justice minister, knew better than anyone the damage such serious sexual misconduct allegations could cause to the players who weren’t involved. Greenspon alleged Rock acted in malice and bad faith, and the lawsuit should be allowed to proceed to trial to allow a judge to decide whether the school and Rock were negligent.

“Mr. Rock chose to convene these national press conferences and damn these individuals when he knew they were not involved,” said Greenspon.

“He acted in a deliberate, calculated and punitive way, despite that knowledge,” alleged Greenspon. “He did that branding on young men he knew were innocent.”

Panel reserved its decision on Rancourt's appeal of the defamation trial in St. Lewis v. Rancourt

Denis Rancourt's appeal hearing was held at the Court of Appeal for Ontario on June 26, 2015, in Toronto.

The Appellant (Rancourt) was self-represented. Ms. St. Lewis was represented by Richard G. Dearden of the Gowlings law firm.

The panel of judges consisted in justices Hoy, Sharpe, and Benotto.

The Panel reserved its decision.

The Appellant had served all his appeal documents to the Respondent (St. Lewis) on March 6, 2015. The Appellant's FACTUM is HERE-link. The Respondent's responding-factum is HERE-link.

The new materials filed during the actual hearing will be linked HERE soon.

Monday, June 8, 2015

VP-Academic Christian Detellier and VP-Research Mona Nemer may have been unfair to students -- CBC reports

Published today:
Institute of Population Health to close after uOttawa senate vote
Senate vote on Monday spells end of interdisciplinary health program
CBC News

"This is definitely a pattern of doing things behind closed doors and not fulfilling promises," PhD student Reed Beall told CBC's Ottawa Morning, pointing to a 2014 letter from the vice president of research and vice president of academic programs, assuring students they would be consulted if the decision to cancel the program came around again.

"They've gone behind our backs and gone directly to the senate with this vote today," said Beall, who Beall is one of about 40 PhD students studying topics in epidemiology and health trends at the institute. "They never consulted us and we were promised that in writing."

The VP-Academic is Christian Detellier. The VP-Research is Mona Nemer.

In a statement, the university said the school will still offer a PhD in Population Health.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Now hiring -- University of Ottawa seeks a president (advertisement)

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