Legal aid Duty Counsel Jen Neufeld was as good as her word. On my ninth day of prison, and my third day in solitary, I was called out of my cell just minutes before court would recess for the week. Neufeld had brokered a deal with the Crown which would see me released from prison. I was forced to agree to stay of University property pending my trial, and given a list of University staff whom I was not to contact by any means. That list included: Neil BESNER, Sherman KREINER, Bill BALAN, Danny BLAU, Lloyd AXWORTHY, Laurel REPSKI, George BUSH, John ANCHAN, Ken MODUSKEY, Don METZ, Debora WOLOSHYN and Laurelyn CANTOR. Some of those names will be familiar to readers of this blog.
I don't know if anyone can really value their freedom until it has been taken away. Nine days may seem like a trivial matter, but the horrifying prospect of indefinite detention is not something to be taken lightly. Some people went out of their way to help me out a lot during this period of difficulty, and if I cannot pay them back directly, I hope I have the resolve to at least pay it forward by helping someone else out. That's why I have renewed my campaign to free Omar Khadr. You may see me giving out leaflets on the sidewalk in front of the U of W in the coming weeks. Under the Petty Trespassing Act, I am supposed to have the right to stand right in front of the outside doors giving out flyers; however, the present Court Order is much more restrictive, banning me from the property altogether. So for now I'm sticking to the public sidewalks.
In the meantime, an awful lot has happened since my story was interrupted. When we left off, I was telling you about my grade appeal in Professor Bush's course. That's taken an interesting twist: the University has openly admitted that they never even re-read the paper before ratifying the F that Prof. Bush had given me! More on that in coming posts. There was also the small matter of the assignment which Professor Metz had refused to mark. I had just told the University that in light of their stated refusal, I would be forced to "proceed accordintly". It seems that Prof. Metz found that "threat" to be so alarming that he made it the cause of an attempted restraining order against me! In fact, I have indeed proceeded accordingly, and I'll be telling you more in the weeks to come.
The big story is of course the University's motion for Summary Judgement on the claim of conspiracy to injure. The University filed its motion just in time to stop me from proceeding with my scheduled examination for discovery of former Academic VP John Corlett. That story continues to get interestinger and interestinger.
And that's about it for now. Oh yeah...in case you were wondering, those "nice people" never did show up while I was in solitary to "figure out how to help me". I still have no idea what that was all about.