OTTAWA,ON. In the case of Lobo et. al. v. Carleton University et. al, Carleton University has brought for a Motion to Strike Carleton Lifeline's Statement of Claim. The lawsuit followed closely on the heels of Carleton University having Ottawa City Police arrest its students for trespass when they tried to set up a pro-life display last October.So, freedom of speech on campus, at a university to which one has paid tens of thousands of dollars in tuition - is a "frivolous" right? Not to mention the freedom from arbitrary arrests and the right to a fair trial. Let's see what the court of law has to say about it.
“This is an important case for freedom of expression on campus.” said Albertos Polizogopoulos, legal counsel for Lifeline." Recently there has occurred many other cases where university students have had their voices silenced."
In February 2011, Ruth Lobo and Nicholas McLeod, two members of Carleton Lifeline, the pro life club at Carleton University, commenced an action against Carleton University following the University's attempt to censor them.
In April, Carleton University responded to Lifeline’s Statement of Claim with a Motion to Strike it on the grounds that it discloses no reasonable cause of action, is scandalous, frivolous, vexatious and an abuse of the court process.
Carleton Lifeline disagrees and will continue to defend their right to freedom of expression vigorously.
If the University is successful in their Motion, Carleton Lifeline’s Statement of Claim will be struck, thereby ending this lawsuit.
The Motion to Strike will be heard in court on June 16, 2011 at 10:00 am. The hearing will be held at 161 Elgin Street it Ottawa, Ontario and is open to the public.
For more information please contact Carleton Lifeline's legal counsel, Albertos Polizogopoulos: 613-241-2701
Mr. Polizogopoulos will also be available for comment after the hearing.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
From Carleton Lifeline e-mail release: