Thursday, March 09, 2006

This is a copy of the following message you sent to Liam Richards via The Sheaf - University of Saskatchewan Student Newspaper

This is an enquiry e-mail via from:
Tim Quigley

I wish to object in the strongest possible terms to the extraction of a resignation from Will Robbins. From what I understand, considerable pressure was exerted on him to resign and therefore it cannot be considered a legitimate resignation. I urge the Sheaf board to reconsider that issue and also the wider issue of the cartoon. It is distressing indeed that President MacKinnon has entered the fray because academic freedom, which accrues to students as well as faculty, and freedom of speech and expression, which apply to all of us, are under threat by his intervention. I therefore urge the Sheaf board to reconsider its position on the cartoon and to strongly assert the right to publish it unhindered by any pressure from the President or anyone else. Please ask yourselves this question: Will you succumb to pressure whenever you take a controversial stand? If so, there is, unfortunately, little rationale for having a student newspaper that is independent of the USSU.
Tim Quigley
Professor of Law and Member of the Executive Committee, University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association.


Blogger tomax7 said...

Tim, you of all people should know the legal aspect of using a legally registered name like the 'University of Saskatchewan' in a publication or representation entails accountability.

"The Sheaf" also declares itself as "The University of Saskatchewan Student Newspaper" - right there on the very top of every publication.

So who is the ultimate person responsible when the name of University of Saskatchewan is used or abused, isn't it President MacKinnon?

So it would be logical to conclude he needs an answer as to why one comic isn't printed "out of respect" and then another is "out of freedom of press"...considering the amount of emails and phone calls he is getting, ultimately also affecting contributions to the University, which indirectly affect the Sheaf and you.

With the resignation of the editor, in his own words, was done due to lack of support from the staff of The Sheaf, and if I recall these folks are voted in.

Quote: "The Board of Directors is the executive arm of the Society. It is the legal representative for the organization. It sets and administers the budget, determines employee contracts, the acquisition and liquidation of assets, and sets goals for the Society.

Six of the nine members are elected by Society members in a campus-wide vote held in the spring."

6:02 PM  
Blogger Jodie Thomson said...

"So it would be logical to conclude he needs an answer as to why one comic isn't printed "out of respect" and then another is "out of freedom of press"..."

I think that if you read the letter of resignation you will also see that the cartoon was actually printed by mistake and a miscommunication. The editor requested that the comic not be run but the graphics editor of the paper did not comply because of a misunderstanding...actually wait.

Maybe you won't.

I'm in a position where I have read the entire letter of resignation by Editor Will Robbins and I'm under the impression that the letter has not yet been printed in its entirety.

The printed version of the letter may have left out certain information that the public should have in order to make their own conclusions. One of the more important being that the printed version did not mention that he was forced to resign and did not resign by his own free will...

8:37 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

Isn't that interesting. I wonder what was left off in the resignation letter they published? I guess it would have been up to the interim editor-in-chief Liam Richards to edit the letter. Why would he do that? Does anybody out there know what was omitted and why?

8:52 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

Found the REAL letter of resignation at:


9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


There is a Saskatchewan Human Rights complaint against Mr Robbins because of this cartoon. If you read the Helquist decision, you would have to agree that there is a strong basis for a ruling against Mr. Robbins.

I cannot believe this is a Professor of Law by his comments. Between this guy and Len the English teacher, there isn't an ounce of intellect between the two of them.

9:08 PM  
Blogger tomax7 said...

we touch like cripples: "cartoon was actually printed by mistake and a miscommunication"


I think there is a law on the books called "gross negligence" which while doesn't really fit here, the point I'm making with it does.

Lame duck excuses like "mistake" or "miscommunication" don't cut it.

How do you mistake a negative connotation like DO NOT PRINT?

What miscommunication is derived from the word "NOT".

Unless of course it was never said...

11:34 PM  

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