uOttawa Students to Joanne St. Lewis: “Outrageous and Unjust”
Another petition from U of O students has been sent to Social Justice Professor Joanne St. Lewis, about her legal fee demands on a student who asked to observe the court process in her defamation lawsuit.
No response from Professor St. Lewis or President Allan Rock to any of the many letters sent by students on this central question of transparency and access to education has been reported (apart from one bristling reply from the mouth of Ms. St. Lewis’ lawyer to Joseph Hickey, here).
From: U of O students
To: Joanne St. Lewis
Date: April 18, 2012
Subject: Lawyer’s fees against student Joseph Hickey
Dear Professor of Social Justice, Joanne St. Lewis,
We are undergraduate students at the University of Ottawa. We have become aware of your demand for your lawyers’ fees in the amount of $3876.95 against student Joseph Hickey. You are demanding this amount to pay for your lawyers’ opposition to Mr. Hickey’s March 28 motion to obtain public observation of President Rock’s cross-examination in relation to his decision to use student tuition money to fund your private defamation lawsuit.
We are astonished that you, as a Professor of Social Justice in Common Law, would oppose transparency of the President’s cross-examination, and that you would use the court system to charge and punish a student for trying to obtain transparency. We are very troubled by your and President Rock’s refusals to allow students to observe the President’s sworn testimony about how he is using student tuition money to fund a lawsuit.
Professor St. Lewis, your costs demands on Mr. Hickey are outrageous and unjust. How does this accomplish anything besides discouraging students from participating in the politics of our university?
Please immediately withdraw your costs demand and please agree to permit student observation of President Rock’s testimony in this matter.
Emily Procher (Biomedical Mechanical Engineering),
Meagan Budgell (Software Engineering),
Pauline Napast (Geography),
Sarah Williams (Biochemistry),
Christopher Whittington (Mechanical Engineering),
Michael Eagar (Social Science),
Jordan Bussanich (Software Engineering),
Adam Desjardins (Mechanical Engineering),
Liam Kennedy-Slaney (Geology),
Hoang Pham (Classical Studies)