December 3, 2006

CBC News: Ottawa students sue for more teaching assistants

Good Job UOttawa students!   I have to also give a tip of the hat to the courts for not charging these students the filing fee.  I have gain a lot of confidence in the courts just for that.  They are allowing these citizens to seek what they believe is justice.  This case has the potential to be a landmark ruling and I will be watching it.

Ottawa students sue for more teaching assistants

Last Updated: Monday, November 27, 2006 | 1:22 PM ET
CBC News

Students taking “the activism course” at the University of Ottawa say they don’t have enough teaching assistants, so they are taking action — in the form of a lawsuit.

Six out of 113 students in the course formally called “SCI1101: Science in Society” are claiming the university breached a contract by not providing enough trained people to lead tutorials for the class, which is in its first year.

The course is taught by physics professor Denis Rancourt.

Students call it the “activism course” because each class begins with a lecture by a guest speaker such as an animal-rights or anti-arms activist, said Valérie Duchesnau, one of the students in the class.

The university-approved description of the course says it “critically examines the role of science and scientists in society and the responsibility of citizens having to deal with the complex socio-economic, environmental, political, and ethical issues raised by advances in science and technology.”

Duchesnau, 19, filed the lawsuit papers Thursday in small claims court.

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