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Student’s Legal Arguments Against Joanne St. Lewis and uOttawa’s $5,500 Demand

April 17, 2012

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University of Ottawa student, Joseph Hickey has filed his legal arguments against Professor Joanne St. Lewis and the University’s demands that he pay their lawyer’s fees of $5,326.98:

Ms. St. Lewis and the University incurred these fees in opposing Mr. Hickey’s Motion to Intervene for public observation of President Allan Rock’s testimony in the case of St. Lewis v. Rancourt.

Professor St. Lewis and uOttawa have 10 days to respond, then Justice Smith will make his decision about costs for Mr. Hickey’s proposed intervention.

Meanwhile, Mr. Rock’s cross-examination will take place on April 18, and he still hasn’t answered calls for public access.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. steve permalink
    April 17, 2012 5:36 pm

    This year is the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms including these fundamental rights in Section 2….

    Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:

    (a) freedom of conscience and religion;

    (b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;

    (c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and

    (d) freedom of association.

    Too bad these seem to be only for lawyers to use maliciously and not for mere mortal students to advance political and elites’ transparency. And forget about these freedoms being allowed in – heaven forbid – universities!

  2. steve permalink
    April 17, 2012 6:06 pm

    Adrian MacNair of the National Post in April 2010 wrote the following:

    “ I’m guessing the scores to get into the University of Ottawa are not very challenging. ” — Ann Coulter, March 23, 2010

    This is one point upon which I think most people are in agreement.

    A 2008 national survey of students asked “if you could start over,
    would you go to the institution you are now attending?” Senior
    University of Ottawa students responded with answers that placed the U
    of O 52nd out of 53 ranked Canadian Universities.

    Well as Macleans Magazine’s 2009 rankings show, the University of Ottawa has managed to maintain its commitment to failure:

    Level of Academic challenge: 39 out of 52
    Student-Faculty interaction: 50 out of 52
    Active and collaborative learning: 48 out of 52
    Enriching educational experience: 43 out of 52
    Supportive campus environment: 52 out of 52

    Satisfied with quality of teaching: 29 out of 31
    Satisfied with decision to attend U of O: 29 out of 31

    Senior year students ranking of education experience: 53 out of 53
    Senior year students who would go to their school if given chance again: 52 out of 53

    UPDATE

    Wow, just noticed this. The 2010 results are in and Ottawa is dead last again.

    And the blame for all of this I would place at the feet of those at the very top – including some, in my view, very questionable Deans, starting with Education. Now, if I can only get rid of my past affiliation with U of O… because the raunchy smell is hard to get out of one’s clothes…. and all the high powered lawyers one can hire will never repair this pedagogical reputation, particularly when students become the apparent targets of those lawyers.

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