The Canadian clinical psychologist, author and social commentator was ordered to pay $25,000 in legal costs to the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) as part of Wednesday's ruling.
Peterson was ordered to participate in a "specified continuing education or remedial program" (a “SCERP”) regarding professionalism in public statements by the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) of the CPO in November 2022.
A series of complaints had been formally filed and tweeted at the CPO regarding Peterson's statements about overpopulation, transgenderism, environmentalism and COVID-19.
According to Justices Backhouse, Schabas and Krawchenko of the Ontario Superior Court in their ruling:
"Dr. Peterson’s behaviour raised a moderate risk of harm to the public, which the Panel had articulated in its decision, and concluded that it was 'very concerned that the recurrence risk, in this case, was high.' It therefore concluded its chain of analysis by deciding that 'it would be appropriate and in the public interest' to require Dr. Peterson to complete a SCERP [to address his professionalism in public statements."
"The Panel in no way disagrees that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
guarantees Dr. Peterson a right to freedom of expression. However, the Panel
believes that as a Member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, Dr. Peterson
also owes a duty to the public and to the profession to conduct himself in a way that
is consistent with professional standards and ethics. The Panel does not believe that
Dr. Peterson's public statements are currently in line with professional standards
and ethics. The proposed Undertaking would provide Dr. Peterson with the
opportunity to better understand the standards and ethical expectations for regulated health professionals who make public statements of various kinds."
On October 21, 2022, Dr. Peterson refused to sign the undertaking, stating that he is "prepared to vigorously defend his rights to free expression which the College has acknowledged are a factor in these proceedings.”
Read the Court's decision here.
To support the free expression of one of the most important thinkers in the anglosphere, contact the College of Psychologists of Ontario at www.SavePeterson.com