Ghome­shi’s lawyer to speak to uni­ver­si­ties de­spite some op­po­si­tion

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

ANTIGO­NISH, N.S. — A speech by Marie Henein, Jian Ghome­shi’s lawyer, will go ahead at three Cana­dian uni­ver­si­ties de­spite op­po­si­tion from some stu­dents in Nova Sco­tia. The prom­i­nent Toronto de­fence lawyer is sched­uled to speak at Bish­ops Univer­sity in Sher­brooke, Que., Fri­day even­ing as part of a lec­ture se­ries, with the pre­sen­ta­tion live-streamed to St. Fran­cis Xavier and Aca­dia uni­ver­si­ties in Nova Sco­tia. Jas­mine Cormier, a stu­dent at St. F.X. in Antigo­nish, wrote an ar­ti­cle in that univer­sity’s weekly news­pa­per in Novem­ber, say­ing Henein’s se­lec­tion serves to si­lence vic­tims and per­pet­u­ate rape cul­ture. Cormier says she’s con­cerned by the mes­sage sent by Henein’s ag­gres­sive treat­ment of the women who had ac­cused the for­mer CBC host of sex­ual mis­con­duct, and she wanted Henein’s speech can­celled. Henein penned her own opin­ion piece, for The Globe and Mail, about the lessons of Hil­lary Clin­ton — say­ing the for­mer U.S. sec­re­tary of state’s re­cent loss must in­spire women and girls to en­gage ``on ev­ery front ... un­til you can­not be over­looked.’’ Cormier says the pro­mo­tion of the live-streamed event has been low-key on her cam­pus, and is pleased to hear that Aca­dia has sched­uled a panel dis­cus­sion to fol­low the speech.

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