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Systemic Discrimination at the University of Ottawa: March 9 Press Conference

March 16, 2011

At the March 7 meeting of the Senate, I informed the Senate of a deeply disturbing case of discrimination and unjust dismissal of three medical residents at the University of Ottawa (Khalid Aba-Alkhail, Manal Al-Saigh, and Waleed Al-Ghaithy).  I invited Senators to attend the March 9 press conference in Tabaret Hall, and passed on an invitation from the MD’s to President Allan Rock to make a statement at the press conference about how he would address the problem.  President Rock did not make a statement at the press conference.

Video of my intervention at the March 7 meeting of the Senate is available at the end of the film here.

Video of the press conference is now online at Youtube here (access parts 2-5 on the panel at the right).

At the meeting I read from this shocking leaked e-mail from Division of Neurosurgery Chair Richard Moulton, revealing administrative malfeasance and reprisal:

Eve [Dr. Eve Tsai]

It is uncertain whether Al-Ghaithy et al. would take this matter further to an external body such as the Human Rights Tribunal. However, I can predict with certainty that fixing Al-Ghaithy would deter the others from doing so. I have had discussions with the Dean and Chief of Surgery and the consensus is that Al-Ghaithy must be removed. Over the last few months I have been working closely with Dr. Worthington and Dr. Bragg, and let me assure you that we are not that far. You have to appreciate here that we are dealing with a strong resident and probably the best we have,at least from an academic perspective. This together with his popularity among the residents made some of the conventional methods unsuccessful.

At the end of the day the University will not sacrifice one of its faculty members for the sake of few disgruntled out-funded residents, and I doubt it very much that the other complainants would prosecute you outside the campus in a process that is naturally protracted and financially draining.

Rick [Dr. Richard Moulton, Chairman, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Ottawa]

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