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, May 2, 2016

U of O breaks gender-washroom apartheid

Finally, something we can all get behind.

U of O Watch endorses this new institutional opening allowing more student freedom. Just don't be calling in the police every time there is a hiccup.

New 'all-gender' washrooms set to open at University of Ottawa: 'We are leaving it up to individuals to use the facility they feel most comfortable with'
-- CBC News, 1 May 2016

U of O's socially responsible lawyer, Amir Attaran: Patients killed by goverment negligence

Durham Region, 29 April 2016:
Cancer Care Ontario ‘covering up’ casualties by hiding stem cell data, critics charge

U of O's socially responsible lawyer, Amir Attaran, uncovers another distasteful institutional misbehaviour. This time, refusing to disclose how many patients are killed by bad decisions and failing to take corrective action.

" "They're covering up," said Amir Attaran, a professor in the faculties of law and medicine at University of Ottawa. "It is a cynical abuse of privacy law, to shield a callous and incompetent agency from disclosing how many Ontarians its inattention and bad management have killed. Simple as that." "

Latest U of O image-marketing stunt: Carbon divestment, useless feel good

Globe & Mail, 26 April 2016:
University of Ottawa to cut the carbon footprint of its investments 

Whereas, authoritative studies show that carbon divestment can at best do nothing [1].

But why should the Allan Rock's administration rely on studies when it can build an image and provide students with good conscience?

Don't members of the Board know how to use Google, or think for themselves to avoid such image-marketing stunts?


[1] Divestment Does Nothing to Reduce Reliance on Fossil Fuels: Noise? Yes. Affect the Supply-and-demand Economics? No. Wrong Kind of Green, 13 February 2016; and references therein.