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Richard Mann

Associate Professor 
Department of Computer Science
University of Waterloo















mannr@uwaterloo.ca
DC2510 (Davis Center)
Voice: (519) 888-4567 x33006
Fax: (519) 885-1208 
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Updates (Pandemic)

It seems we will be online again.  Just like the last lockdown, I made a series of videos.
I will continue here.

My latest interest is Battery technology for mobile solar power (for computing, audio production, and experimental apparatus).
Videos:
http://www.cs.uwaterloo.ca/~mannr/2021-12-15-BatteryLab.mp4
http://www.cs.uwaterloo.ca/~mannr/2021-12-17-BatteryLab2.mp4
http://www.cs.uwaterloo.ca/~mannr/2021-12-17-BatteryLab2b.mp4
http://www.cs.uwaterloo.ca/~mannr/2021-12-20-BatteryLab3.mp4
http://www.cs.uwaterloo.ca/~mannr/2022-01-05-BatteryLab4.mp4
http://www.cs.uwaterloo.ca/~mannr/2021-01-06-BatteryLab4b.mp4


Updates (University correspondence)

I was suspended without pay on Oct 20, 2021.  I am on (paid) medical leave as of Nov 10, 2021.  The suspension was removed on Nov 24, 2021.  My future at Waterloo remains uncertain.

Below I show selected correspondence with the University in the hope that others may learn from my experience.

Dec 20, 2021.  Correspondence with Occupational Health (text)
Dec 16, 2021.  Correspondence with Occupational Health
(text)

Nov 28, 2021.  Letter to Provost. (text)

Nov 25, 2021.  Letter from Provost (confirm removal of suspension, marked "confidential"). (PDF)

Nov 24, 2021.  Letter from Associate Provost, Human Resources. (removal of suspension). (text)

Nov 25, 2021.  Correspondence with Karen Parkinson, RN, PhD, Occupational Health. (text)


Nov 17, 2021.  Letter to Provost, grieving suspension of Oct 20. (text)

Oct 20, 2021.  Suspension without pay (below)


BY EMAIL  

 

 

Dear Richard:

 

Re: Non-Compliance with the University of Waterloo’s COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement  

 

As you are aware, the University has established a Vaccination requirement (the “requirement”) for mandatory proof of COVID-19 vaccination pursuant to the Instructions of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health issued on August 30, 2021 and the recommendations of the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health. The University is statutorily required to ensure compliance with this requirement.   

 

Pursuant to this requirement and the prior letter you were sent on October 15, 2021, copy enclosed, you were required to submit by no later than end of day on October 17, 2021 proof that you are either: (a) fully vaccinated within the meaning of the requirement; or (b) have obtained a permitted exemption to being fully vaccinated.  You have failed to submit proof of either of the foregoing.

 

If you are receiving this letter and you are compliant with the requirement, please contact your Human Resources (HR) Partner as soon as possible.

 

In the specific circumstances of your position, the University has determined that you are not authorized to perform the duties and responsibilities of your position without being in-person.

 

On October 15, 2021, the University placed you on a gratuitous paid three (3) day administrative leave, which was taken on October 18, 19, 20, 2021, inclusively, during which time you were expected to complete the LEARN module “COVID-19 Vaccine: Make an Informed Decision (SO2034)”.

 

You are prohibited from accessing University property and in-person activities. Should you fail to abide by this direction, you may be disciplined, up to and including termination from employment. 

 

As a result of your continued non-compliance with the vaccination requirement, you are being placed on a suspension, without pay, effective today until November 30, 2021. Your benefits will continue during this period, and you are responsible for paying for the employee portion of the benefits. If you wish to pause your participation and corresponding contributions, please contact our benefits team in Human Resources. 

 

The University will be in contact on November 20, 2021 to follow up regarding the status of your compliance with the University’s vaccination requirement, and to confirm next steps.

 

Should you have any questions, please contact me.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Chelsey Heystee | Human Resources Partner

Human Resources | 200 University Avenue West | Waterloo, Ontario | N2L 3G1

https://uwaterloo.ca/human-resources/

 

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This communication (and any attachments) is directed in confidence to the addressee(s) listed above, and may not otherwise be distributed, copied or used. The contents of this communication may also be subject to privilege, and all rights to that privilege are expressly claimed and not waived. If you have received this communication in error, please notify us by reply e-mail or by telephone and delete this communication (and any attachments) without making a copy. Thank you.

 










Oct 15, 2021.  Warning letter (below).

BY EMAIL  

 

 

Dear Richard:

 

Re: Non-Compliance with the University of Waterloo’s COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement  

 

As you are aware, the University has established a Vaccination requirement (the “requirement”) for mandatory proof of COVID-19 vaccination pursuant to the Instructions of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health issued on August 30, 2021 and the recommendations of the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health. The University is statutorily required to ensure compliance with this requirement.   

 

Pursuant to this requirement, you are required to submit by no later than end of day on October 17, 2021 proof that you are either: (a) fully vaccinated within the meaning of the requirement; or (b) have obtained a permitted exemption to being fully vaccinated.  To date, you have failed to submit proof of either of the foregoing.

 

If you are receiving this letter and you are compliant with the requirement, please contact your Human Resources (HR) Partner as soon as possible.

 

In the specific circumstances of your position, the University has determined that you are not authorized to perform the duties and responsibilities of your position without being in-person.

 

Accordingly, effective today, you are prohibited from accessing University property and in-person activities. Should you fail to abide by this direction, you may be disciplined, up to and including termination from employment. 

 

You are being placed on a gratuitous paid three (3) day administrative leave, which will be taken on October 18, 19, 20, 2021, during which time you are expected to complete the LEARN module “COVID-19 Vaccine: Make an Informed Decision (SO2034)”.

 

 

Please be advised that you are required to be compliant with the University’s vaccination requirement. As long as you remain non-compliant, you will continue to be prohibited from accessing University property and in-person activities and may be placed on suspension without pay as the University will not have information regarding the status of your compliance.  Your benefits will continue during this period, and you are responsible for paying for the employee portion of the benefits. If you wish to pause your participation and corresponding contributions, please contact our benefits team in Human Resources.     

 

Should you have any questions please contact me

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Chelsey Heystee | Human Resources Partner

Human Resources | 200 University Avenue West | Waterloo, Ontario | N2L 3G1

https://uwaterloo.ca/human-resources/

 

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This communication (and any attachments) is directed in confidence to the addressee(s) listed above, and may not otherwise be distributed, copied or used. The contents of this communication may also be subject to privilege, and all rights to that privilege are expressly claimed and not waived. If you have received this communication in error, please notify us by reply e-mail or by telephone and delete this communication (and any attachments) without making a copy. Thank you.

 


Updates (Waterloo region for medical freedom rally 10/24/21)




Updates (Pandemic)

On Aug 26, 2021 I co-signed an open letter opposing University of Waterloo's mandatory vaccination policy.  Current letter (more than 150 signatories):
https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/~mannr/Open-letter-UW-vaccine-mandates.html

Correspondence following above letter:
https://links.uwaterloo.ca/Repeal_UW_Mandatory_Vaccination_Policy/

Background/ timeline/ other links:
https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/~mannr/Pandemic.html




Talks

CS Undergraduate Club Talk
Date: Monday Nov 5, 2018, 5:30pm.
Location: MC4063.  POSTPONED.
I have included the Abstract and Slides below for interested students.
Abstract (text), Slides (PDF).



CS Undergraduate Club Talk
Title: From Microphones to Speakers and Everything In Between
Date: Tuesday July 17, 2018, 6pm
Location: MC4041
Slides: (PDF)


Teaching

Research interests
Publications


Open Source Software for Electrical and Acoustic measurement.

Joint work with John Vanderkooy (Physics), Audio Research Group.




Wind Turbines
Investigation, commentary, correspondence and advocacy on Industrial Wind Turbines.
Richard Mann