Press Release: U of O threat to sue student for Youtube video
U of O threat to sue student for Youtube video
OTTAWA, February 25, 2013 – After posting a video online about her opinion about a lawsuit involving a University of Ottawa law professor, student Hazel Gashoka received a letter from the professor’s lawyer claiming that her video was defamatory and malicious and demanding that she take it down.
In her video, Gashoka stated her opinion that “I would say that Joanne St. Lewis acted as Allan Rock’s house negro”. Gashoka was referring to St. Lewis’ role in criticizing a student association report about systemic racism at the University of Ottawa.
The Gashoka video can be viewed at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4E7tdCVQ7Y
The notice of libel to Gashoka from St. Lewis’ lawyer can be viewed at the following link: http://stlewisvrancourt.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/email-from-professor-joanne-st-lewis-lawyer-richard-dearden.pdf
Gashoka’s request to Allan Rock to not fund a lawsuit by St. Lewis can be read at: https://studentseyeview.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/student-asks-president-does-the-university-of-ottawa-plan-on-funding-a-lawsuit-against-me/
Media are invited to a press conference on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:00am in the Rotunda of Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa, where Hazel Gashoka will speak about her video, the legal threat, and the chronology of her involvement with the case dating back to Prof. St. Lewis’ 2008 evaluation report about a student centre’s claim of systemic racism at the University of Ottawa.