Ford tells schools to implement free speech policy or risk losing public funding


An Ontario government mandate was released by the Office of the Premier on Thursday which requires universities to "develop, implement and comply with" a free speech policy, or risk a reduction in operating grant funding.

When I travelled around this province, all I heard was how free speech is being stifled. It is shocking what I heard out there, absolutely shocking, the Premier went on to say.

By January 1st, publicly assisted universities and colleges must develop and make publicly available a policy on free speech which abides by minimum government standards. The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) will be responsible for reviewing each policy ensuring that minimum requirements are met.

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