Free speech policy now in effect for ON colleges and universities

January 8, 2019

Ontario post-secondary institutions have formally ushered in their free speech policies, meeting the provincial government's deadline of January 1st, reports The Star. “I think what (the free speech policy) will do is create some certainly around expectations, and we want to make sure that there’s an environment of respect, of open debate, respectful dialogue and that’s really the foundation,” said Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Merrilee Fullerton. The Star adds that Colleges Ontario has been criticized by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union for its free speech policy that covers the province’s 24 colleges of applied arts and technology. The Star (ON)