Being sued for libel, former uOttawa prof says blog entry was not racist

July 27, 2011

Denis Rancourt, a former University of Ottawa physics professor being sued for defamation by a law professor at the institution, argues that the lawsuit should be dismissed. In a statement of defence, Rancourt, whom uOttawa fired in 2009, denies the allegations of racism and defends his blog entries. Providing his own defence, Rancourt says in the statement the lawsuit aims to punish, intimidate, and silence him, "a vocal, responsible and dedicated critic of many powerful groups, institutions and the University of Ottawa, regarding matters of public inter est, as such is frivolous, vexatious or an abuse of power." Ottawa Citizen