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Student asks President: does the University of Ottawa plan on funding a lawsuit against me?

February 11, 2013

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.

Kindest Regards,

Hazel Gashoka
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:

Link to Letter:

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 22, 2013 8:51 am

    What is wrong with you two? Did your parents not give you enough love? Did they leave you crying in your cribs for days on end? Or do you suffer from some sort of mental illness whereby you think what you are doing is in some way positive rather than defamatory and libelous to the point of being harassment. Leave St. Lewis alone. Your opinions are worthless and you should stop now before you find yourself in the unenviable position of being a paraiah within your academic community.


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