Connect with us

Buzz

Ottawa teacher loses licence for lewd sexual comments, grabbing female student

Editor

Published

on

A former teacher at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board who made lewd sexual comments to three female students and grabbed one of them has lost his licence.

According to documents obtained from the Ontario College of Teachers, Nicholas Clark Oakley was found guilty of professional misconduct for sexual abuse, verbal and psychological abuse and “disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional” behaviour.

A panel of the discipline committee of the Ontario College of Teachers reached the conclusion at a hearing in December after it considered a statement of uncontested facts about Oakley’s behaviour with three students.

Oakley was a teacher at the board who worked at an overnight camp that offered leadership courses for students, college counsel told the discipline hearing.

Oakley engaged in “behaviour or remarks of a sexual nature” with three students, the hearing was told.

Oakley sent one of them, identified as Student 1, a message after midnight asking her to meet him at the bottom of some stairs, according to the statement of facts. When she arrived, Oakley told Student 1 to turn off her flashlight, then touched her sweater and the side of her torso and pulled her toward  him. When two other students walked by in the dark and called out to Student 1, Oakley “put a finger to (her) mouth and said ‘shhhh,’” according to the statement of facts.

Oakley then turned on his flashlight and asked the two students what they were doing. When one of those students texted Student 1 to see if she was OK, she responded: “He grabbed me.” Oakley later sent Student 1 a text message saying “we will continue this tomorrow?”

Oakley sent electronic messages to the student over the course of two years that were sexually explicit or commented on her body, according to the statement of facts. 

In another message, when the female student asked Oakley what she should get her boyfriend for Christmas, Oakley said he had received a book of nude photographs from his girlfriend and suggested, “If you ever need help editing those photos, I can help.”

In another message, Oakley said he was thinking of spending the night at a hotel rented for staff, asked the student to bring him a pillow she had borrowed, and implied she could sleep at the hotel.

The statement said that Oakley on “more than one occasion” made comments about the body of another student identified as Student 2, including saying that her lips were his favourite part of her body.

Oakley sent Student 2 an electronic message that said: “You’re about to get some sophomore sent to prison #jailbait” and another one that read: “Go get (Student 3) laid. Be the best wingwoman ever.”

Another female student identified as Student 3 received an electronic message from Oakley that said: “I don’t know why but last night I was dreaming about your butt.”

Oakley also asked Student 3 personal questions, including, on more than one occasion, how many people she had had sex with. “What’s your kill count this year,” Oakley said in a message to Student 3, and “Boooo Also, not looking horrible tonight. Go add another to your count.”

Oakley agreed to the statement of uncontested facts “for the purpose of this hearing only,” according to evidence at the discipline hearing, and did not contest the penalty he received.

Ontario regulations require revocation of the certificate of qualification and registration for any teacher found guilty of sexual abuse of a student.

Oakley also received a reprimand.

Oakley received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph in 2014 and a Bachelor of Primary Education Studies from Charles Sturt University in 2015.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Buzz

Editor

Published

on

By

When Ontario declared a COVID-19 health emergency last spring, the first instinct of Ottawa entrepreneur Peter O’Blenis was to preserve cash.

“We basically stopped our discretionary spending,” said O’Blenis, the co-founder and CEO of Evidence Partners, which makes software for accelerating the review of scientific and medical literature, using artificial intelligence. “We cut investments in things meant to help us grow.”

It was a defensive posture born of experience. O’Blenis had 12 years earlier nearly been crushed by the global financial crisis. Another looked to be on the way.

In 2008, O’Blenis and his colleagues, Jonathan Barker and Ian Stefanison, hit a brick wall with their first venture, TrialStat, which helped hospitals manage patients’ electronic data. While TrialStat had secured $5.5 million in venture financing just a couple of years earlier, the founders had burned through most of it during a rapid expansion. When the financial world collapsed, so did their firm.

The trio played things far more conservatively with Evidence Partners, which has relied almost exclusively on customer revenues to finance expansion.

The caution proved unnecessary. Like so many other businesses, O’Blenis underestimated the government’s willingness to keep the economy afloat with easy money. Nor did he anticipate that COVID-19 would prove a significant catalyst for the firm’s revenues so soon.

Evidence Partners is hardly the only local firm with technology particularly suited for the war against COVID-19. Spartan Bioscience and DNA Genotek adapted existing products to create technology for identifying the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Ottawa-based units of Abbott Laboratories and Siemens Healthineers make portable blood analyzers that diagnose patients afflicted by the virus.

Continue Reading

Buzz

Shepherds of Good Hope wants to expand ByWard Market operation with eight-storey housing complex

Editor

Published

on

By

The Shepherds of Good Hope plans to build an eight-storey building near its current shelter for the homeless in the ByWard Market that would include supportive housing for up to 48 people, a soup kitchen and a drop-in centre.

The organization says it wants to be part of the solution to the housing crisis that has fuelled a rise in homelessness in Ottawa.

People would be moved out of the emergency shelters and into their own tiny apartments in the complex, which would include a communal dining hall and staff available to help with mental health, addiction and medical problems, said Caroline Cox, senior manager of communications for the Shepherds.

Some residents in the neighbourhood are opposed, saying services for the homeless and vulnerable should not be concentrated in one area of the city.

“I was flabbergasted,” said homeowner Brian Nolan, who lives one block from the development proposed for 216 Murray St., where currently a one-story building houses offices for the Shepherds of Good Hope.

Nolan said that, in the 15 years he’s lived in the area, it has become increasingly unsafe, with home and car thefts, drug dealing, loitering, aggressive and erratic behaviour, urinating, defecating and vomiting on sidewalks and yards and sexual acts conducted in public on his dead-end street. Before he lets his son play basketball in the yard, he checks the ground for needles and his home security camera to see who is nearby.

Continue Reading

Buzz

Carleton University Hosts the Forum Lecture: Towards a Feminist Post-COVID City

Editor

Published

on

By

evehe Carleton University Forum Lecture: Towards a Feminist Post-COVID City given by Leslie Kern launches Ottawa Architecture Week. Urban geographer, author and academic, Kern will discuss how the pandemic has highlighted long-standing inequalities in the design, use and inclusivity of urban spaces. The talk will share some of the core principles behind a feminist urban vision to inform a wider vision of justice, equity and sustainability.

When
: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.
Registration: https://alumni.carleton.ca/event-registration-architecture-forum-series-with-leslie-kern-2/.

About the Speaker

Kern holds a PhD in Women’s Studies from York University. She is currently an associate professor of Geography and Environment and director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Mount Allison University.

Kern is the author of two books on gender and cities, including Feminist City: Claiming Space in a Man-Made World (Verso). The book discusses how our cities have failed in terms of fear, motherhood, friendship, activism, the joy and perils of being alone, and also imagines what they could become.

Kern argues, “The pandemic has shown us that society can be radically reorganized if necessary. Let’s carry that lesson into creating the non-sexist city.”

Continue Reading

Chat

Trending