Code of Conduct and Anti-harassment Policy

It’s important that all participants are aware of the expectations and our culture, so we’ve put together a Code of Conduct for your expected compliance, and as a reminder of the unwritten rules of generally being a good, kind and supportive human being and team player.

(These are adapted from the Recurse Center’s Social Rules, and the anti-harassment policy from the Geek Feminism Wiki.)

Common Ground is a forum created to engage citizens across Ontario in the political process. It is a place to share ideas and to engage with public policy in a collaborative, open way. While Common Ground is designed to be an open and inclusive platform, regardless of political affiliation, it is also a vehicle created for the Ontario Liberal Party policy platform development process, and as such the Common Ground administrators reserve the right to remove content that is other than a good-faith attempt to engage in the policy discussion and/or that is contrary to the values or interests of the Ontario Liberal Party. In particular, content that is designed to hijack this forum will not be tolerated.

More generally, Common Ground seeks to foster a safe, inclusive space to discuss ideas.

As such:

Common Ground is dedicated to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion or technical skill level. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

Sexually explicit or violent language and imagery is not appropriate at any time. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or asked to leave, at the discretion of the organizers.

Harassment includes verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from events and online forums.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the organizing team immediately.