Men-only Ontario college campuses in Saudi Arabia unacceptable: Wynne

TORONTO - Premier Kathleen Wynne says it is unacceptable to her that two Ontario colleges are operating campuses in Saudi Arabia that don't admit women students.

See Full Article

Niagara College and Ottawa-based Algonquin College have been operating men-only campuses for a couple of years in two cities in Saudi Arabia, where Sharia law forbids the education of women and men in the same classes.

Colleges and Universities Minister Reza Moridi, who had earlier said it was up to colleges to determine the student makeup on their campuses, said Thursday he was concerned that women were excluded from the Ontario-run campuses.

Wynne says she told Moridi to meet with the two colleges as soon as she found out about the situation, which she says has "got to change."

Progressive Conservative critic John Yakabuski calls it a "stretch" for Wynne not to have known Ontario colleges are excluding women from their Saudi campuses, and says she's only expressing concern because the media picked up the story.

Ontario provides $1.44 billion in funding to its 24 community colleges, with Algonquin getting $103 million for the current fiscal year, while Niagara College received $45 million.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • WhyIDidntReport takes off on Twitter as Trump questions Kavanaugh's accuser

    World News CTV News
    The heated conversation in the United States over the accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh, took another dramatic turn as people began opening up about their own incidents of sexual assault online. Source
  • Taiwan police arrest Cody Wilson, gun rights activist wanted in U.S.

    World News CBC News
    Authorities in Taiwan arrested the owner of a Texas company that sells plans to make untraceable 3D-printed guns who is wanted in the U.S. over an accusation that he had sex with an underage girl and paid her $500 afterward, official media reported. Source
  • NYT says deputy AG proposed secretly taping Trump — Rosenstein calls report 'inaccurate'

    World News CBC News
    Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein denied a New York Times report Friday that he suggested that he secretly record U.S. President Donald Trump last year to expose chaos in the administration and that he floated the idea of using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. Source
  • U.S. Deputy Attorney General denies he suggested secretly taping Trump

    World News CTV News
    In this July 13, 2018, file photo, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice. Rosenstein is defending the prosecution of foreign agents who may never see the inside of a U.S. Source
  • 'Hot-umn?' Hotter than normal fall on the horizon: Environment Canada

    Canada News CTV News
    It’s the last day of summer, but that doesn’t necessarily mean an end to the warm weather. In fact, Environment and Climate Change Canada is predicting a hotter than usual fall. David Philips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada, says their fall outlook shows it is “going to be warmer than normal across the country. Source
  • N.S. to mark little-known connection to David Ben-Gurion and the Jewish Legion

    Canada News CTV News
    WINDSOR, N.S. -- Before he became Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion earned 50 cents a day as a soldier and slept on the ground in bell tents in the small town of Windsor, N.S. Source
  • Taiwan police arrest U.S. 3D gun man accused of sex with minor

    World News CTV News
    TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Authorities in Taiwan have arrested the owner of a Texas company that sells plans to make untraceable 3-D printed guns who is wanted in the U.S. for paying an underage girl for sex, official media reported. Source
  • Northlands to improve safety, amend statement of defence that blamed sex assault victim

    Canada News CBC News
    A statement of defence from Northlands that blamed a teen's alleged sexual assault at K-Days on her own "negligence" was released by an insurance company before the organization had reviewed it, Northlands said in a video statement Thursday evening. Source
  • New four-volume atlas highlights Canada’s rich Indigenous heritage

    Canada News CTV News
    Canada’s vibrant Indigenous heritage is highlighted in a new book collection – made in collaboration with communities across the country. Canadian Geographic’s Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada is a four-volume set which guides readers through land, languages, people and culture. Source
  • Turkey says it will patrol a former ISIS-held Syrian town with U.S. forces

    World News CTV News
    ISTANBUL -- Turkey will soon conduct joint patrols with U.S. forces in the strategic northern Syrian town of Manbij, once a stronghold of the Islamic State group, a top Turkish official said on Friday The announcement came as Turkey's Defence Ministry said in a Friday statement that the borders of Idlib's demilitarized zone were determined in a meeting with their Russian counterparts during a three-day meeting. Source