Allan Rock, “Why do you refuse to answer?”
From: Hazel Gashoka
To: Allan Rock
Cc: Members of Senate
Date: April 5, 2012
Subject: A Travesty of Justice
Dear President Allan Rock,
On March 13, I asked you to permit public observation of your sworn testimony over your decision to use student tuition money and government money to fund one side of a private lawsuit (the St. Lewis v. Rancourt case).
On March 15, after not receiving a reply from you, Mr. Joseph Hickey and I duly submitted a formal motion to the University of Ottawa Senate for the Senate to take a position in favour of public observation of your sworn testimony. That meeting was cancelled by the Vice-President of Governance and yourself, and our motion was illegitimately barred from being heard by the Senate, you, and the Vice-President of Governance.
On March 28, Mr. Hickey brought a formal Motion to Intervene to the Ontario Superior Court in order to argue in favour of public observation of your cross-examination in the case. Following the judge’s decision not to permit Mr. Hickey to intervene, the University’s lawyer, Peter Doody, and the Plaintiff’s lawyer, Richard Dearden (who is payed by the University) submit costs outlines to Mr. Hickey in the amount of $ 5,326.98.
Mr. Rock, I am simply asking to observe your testimony about your decision to use student and government money in this way. Why do you refuse to answer? Why do you choose instead to punish a student for participation in university governance using an outrageous demand for legal fees?
As student representative to Senate, I am appalled by your persistent decisions as President to block transparency and stultify student participation in university governance.
Will you withdraw your outrageous costs demand and apologize to the student community?
Please respond immediately.
Ms. Hazel Gashoka
President, Kilimanjaro Black Student Association
Undergraduate Student Representative to Senate, Faculty of Social Sciences