Student asks President: does the University of Ottawa plan on funding a lawsuit against me?
Former Student Senator and Former University of Ottawa Student Hazel Gashoka wrote to all Members of Senate today to determine whether or not they plan on funding a lawsuit against her.
From: Hazel Gashoka
To: Allan Rock
Cc: Senate members
Date: February 11, 2013
Subject: Does the University of Ottawa plan on funding a lawsuit against me?
Dear President Allan Rock,
On November 22, 2012, I sent an email to Professor Joanne St. Lewis
advising her that I made a video about her (video link provided below)
and posted it on my blog. Moreover, I kindly asked her to provide me
with any comments or corrections which I would have also posted to my
blog. The matters discussed in my video arose while I was student at
the University of Ottawa. Professor St. Lewis did not respond to my
email; however, her lawyer Richard Dearden did. On December 18, 2012 I
received a notice of libel from Mr. Dearden (link to letter provided
On October 24, 2011 Mr. David W. Scott, representing the University of
Ottawa, advised Dr. Rancourt that “indeed, the University of Ottawa is
reimbursing Professor St. Lewis for her legal fees incurred in her
defamation proceeding in the Courts against you”. As such, does the
University of Ottawa intend on reimbursing Professor St. Lewis for
legal fees incurred if she decides to pursue legal action against me?
The Senate in its wisdom should never use public funds and student
tuition to sue a student.
Please confirm that the University of Ottawa will not be funding a
defamation lawsuit against me.
Former Student, Honours BA with Specialization in Psychology
Former Elected Undergraduate Student Representative to Senate, Faculty
of Social Sciences May 2011- May 2012
cc: Members of Senate
Link to video: