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Eye flashes: September 27, 1995

Ex-Photo chair sues Ryerson

The former chair of the Film and Photography Department has filed a civil lawsuit against Ryerson.

Gaile McGregor, who resigned in March of this year, is suing on the basis of constructive dismissal — the tactic of changing an employee’s work functions so they would want to quit.

Administrators have refused to give much information about the lawsuit. V-P of Faculty and Staff Affairs Michael Dewson said the suit was filed with a civil court against Ryerson, not a department or person, as some people may have believed. He said he didn’t know which court the suit was filed in but added that he’d talk with Ryerson lawyers.

McGregor refused to discuss her lawsuit. She said, “I don’t think there’s anything to say. When the lawsuit goes forward, then that’s when the news will come out.”

Last April, she said she suffered anti-intellectualism and discirimination and claimed there was an “old boy’s club” at Rye. She considered dropping the lawsuit in exchange for compensation. 

The program director for film studies, Elvino Sauro, said only, “No statement, no comment, no nothing.”

– Gianni Colavecchia

CATE hosts conference

Members of the engineering and computing trade press attended a conference Thursday at Ryerson’s Centre for Advanced Technology Education. “The purpose is to share, in a concentrated way, the kind of excellence and innovation that is resident at Ryerson,” said Arnice Cadieux, Executive Director of Development, Alumni, and Community Relations for Ryerson. Organizers hoped to promote Ryerson University as a source of expert information for the trade media.

The conference highlighted two project teams. The first is developing a computer system to facilitate the remote monitoring and control of building systems for Bell Canada. The second is refining a low energy laser therapy device used by physiotherapists and chiropractors in biostimulation therapy.

The conference emphasized strategic alliances between Ryerson’s computer and engineering departments and large corporations. 

– Philippe Devos

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