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Diane Davidson Creates Veto Power to Hide Allan Rock?

March 16, 2012

The March 26 meeting of the Senate was cancelled following fellow student Senator, Hazel Gashoka and my requests (1, 2, 3) to President Allan Rock allow public observation of his cross-examination over allegations of Champerty in the case of St. Lewis v. Rancourt.

Ms. Gashoka and I had filed a Motion for Transparency on this point to be heard at the March 26 meeting.  Our Motion was submitted in advance of the Senate’s deadline for submitting Agenda items for the March 26 meeting.

Due process being in the terrible state that it is at the UofO, the VP-Governance and the President have decided to prevent the Senate from discussing public observation of the President’s sworn testimony about how and why he has decided to use university money to fund one side of a civil lawsuit.

Instead, Ms. Davidson has chosen to maintain her cancellation of the March 26 Senate meeting and to reject our Motion based on a Judge’s ruling which is irrelevant to our Motion’s aim to have the Senate take a position in favour of public access to the President and Chair of the Board of Governor’s testimonials.

Not to mention that the Civil Liberties Association of the National Capital Region has supported public observation of these cross-examinations as of March 12, 2012, or that the Judge’s ruling is currently under appeal

Does Ms. Davidson’s unilateral cancellation of the March 26 Senate meeting constitute a new effective veto power for the Vice-President of Governance?  Has the VP Governance ever before denied Senate debate of an urgent motion brought by two Senate members?  Comments are welcome.


From: Diane Davidson
To: Joseph Hickey
Date: March 16, 2012
Subject: Re: UofO Senate Meeting Cancelled: Motion for Observation of President Rock’s Cross-examination must be Heard

Dear Mr. Hickey,

Thank you for your e-mail and your request for a meeting of the Senate on March 26th.  I have noted your motion and after reviewing it with the Chair, I wish to inform you that we will not be convening a Senate meeting as requested.

Please note that last October the Court issued  an order prohibiting the public from appearing at the cross-examination of witnesses. Justice Beaudoin reiterated that order on February 8, 2012.

I trust that this is of assistance.

Diane Davidson
Vice-rectrice à la gouvernance  /Vice-President, Governance
Université d’Ottawa | University of Ottawa

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