I HIGHLY DOUBT THAT THE PROBLEMS ADDRESSED WILL HAVE TO DO WITH THEIR COLOR….
tors accuse University of Ottawa of racism
By JAMES CULIC, QMI Agency
OTTAWA – Three University of Ottawa resident doctors are accusing the university and faculty members of racism, intimidation and discrimination.
Waleed Al-Ghaithy, Khalid Aba-Alkhail and Manal Al-Saigh — all from Saudi Arabia — have filed complaints with the Ontario human rights tribunal.
“The right to be free of discrimination is a basic human right, and we stand for that right,” said Al-Ghaithy at a press conference Wednesday to announce the complaint.
The trio didn’t share many details of their allegations, though among the people named in the complaint are noted heart surgeon Dr. Wilbert Keon and chief of cardiac surgery Dr. Thierry Masana.
Masana “threatened and intimidated” Al-Saigh in front of colleagues, according to Aba-Alkhail.
The group also produced what they say are leaked e-mails between Dr. Richard Moulton, chair of the neurosurgery program, and Dr. Eve Tsai, assistant professor of neurosurgery, which apparently showed Moulton recommending Al-Ghaithy be fired in order to discourage other human rights complaints.
“Racism exists at the University of Ottawa, as it exists in our society, yet the University of Ottawa continues to resort to two main tactics in dealing with complaints of racism: Denial and blaming the victim,” said Mireille Gervais of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa, who was at the press conference to support the trio.
Gervais suggested that “systemic discrimination” on campus is the reason the University of Ottawa continually ranks lowest in national student satisfaction surveys.
Aba-Alkhail hopes the press conference on university campus will force the university to respond.
The group has retained the services of noted freedom of expression and human rights lawyer Douglas Christie.
The university is taking the complaints seriously, spokeswoman Andree Dumoulin said, though she declined to comment on specifics.
“The university will be speaking out at the hearing,” she said. “We feel that is the appropriate forum.”