14 Takeaways From The Galloway SLAPP Ruling
Such wonderful reporting. I am so glad to be able to understand this case so clearly. It is amazing how you have condensed and summarized so much information. A true accomplishment.
Thorough and thoughtful analysis. Learning so much from reading these posts
So glad someone with common sense and wisdom is in charge. Women charging men with sexual assault are not automatically sacred truth tellers. They should be believed when they are believable.
Were this situation to have taken place in California, New York, and a number of other US states, there would have been grounds to have required Steven Galloway to be removed from his faculty position on the basis of (1) his sexualized Facebook comments about students in his department while he was Chair and (2) the fact that he had a sexual relationship while acting as a professor with authority over a student in his department (A. B.). These two facts alone would constitute grounds for dismissal on the basis of "abusive supervision". While sexual assault cannot be proven, and seems doubtful, the overall circumstances indicate abusive supervision by Galloway over A. B. Professors have a duty to not have sex with their students, or other students in their departments. UBC seems to have a problem with this well understood general principle. I've never seen a university with so many senior male professors married or having sexual relationships with students who they met while they while they were supervisors of said students. Is it the Wreck Beach effect? Too much Scotch?
I was very pleased to see that the outcome of this case has received some coverage in the mainstream media. The media hung Steven Galloway out to dry five years ago. I hope that when the final verdict rolls in, they will give it extensive coverage. I, for one thanks to your excellent reporting, have no doubt that the court will decide in Galloway's favour.
Thanks for your continued work on this, Brad. I am surprised there's still any resistance to due process in this case, but alas there is. I was listening to a report on the media's handling of the Jusse Smollett case this morning and how the media made a grave error by wanting to be on the side of equal justice advocacy and, as a result, they assumed Smollett, the alleged victim of a hate crime, was telling the truth. Part of the bias was because so few reported hate crimes (a tiny percentage) are proved false. Some are false however, and it was only through due process that the sad truth has come to light. There are similarities here, I believe.
This citation includes references to Brad Cran's Substack account, and Margaret Atwood's present views on the Galloway case. https://www.theguardian.com/books/ng-interactive/2022/feb/19/margaret-atwood-on-feminism-culture-wars