Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Lawyering 101::: Ottawa lawyer Lynn Harnden provides a brilliant example

(This post is opinion-commentary, as should be obvious.)

Have you ever noticed that every time a lawyer makes an argument for some crazy thing he always starts by saying that he doesn't want the crazy thing?

In this video, University of Ottawa's hired lawyer Lynn Harnden provides a brilliant example, at the May 2, 2011, first day of labour arbitration hearings into the wrongful dismissal case of physics professor Denis Rancourt.

Lawyering 101: "He doesn't want a publication ban on the hearings."

Just a ban until the hearings are done and a decision is rendered, two years or more say, since he agrees this is of public interest... ah humm. Oh, and he doesn't want to show his arguments as to why such an "enriched exclusion" is necessary...

This passes for reasonable arguments in the world of binding labour arbitrations in Ontario, Canada.

See another video of Lynn Harnden in action HERE.

See all UofOWatch posts about the arbitration hearings HERE.

See links and details about the arbitration hearings at academicfreedom.ca HERE.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

State of academic freedom in Canada under Israel Lobby influence -- Press TV Global News report

The Press-TV Global News report of September 8, 2011 (4:30pm GMT) contained this segment about the state academic freedom in Canada, and in Canada's capital Ottawa in particular.

The Press TV video report features:
  • James Turk (Executive Director, Canadian Association of University Teachers),
  • Yavar Hameed (human rights lawyer),
  • Joseph Hickey (student representative on the Senate, University of Ottawa),
  • Ian Bron (Managing Director, Canadians for Accountability),
  • Denis Rancourt (wrongfully dismissed Full Professor with tenure, University of Ottawa), and
  • activist students being wrongfully arrested for free expression on the campus of Carleton University (Ottawa).

Labour law tribunal hearings into the wrongful dismissal of Denis Rancourt are on-going and can be followed HERE.