Margaret Wente resigns contentious Toronto college appointment after uproar


Former Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente has resigned a contentious appointment with a Toronto college after facing fierce opposition from students and staff.

Massey College says Wente resigned her post as a senior fellow and member of the Quadrangle Society in a letter that called accusations against her “false and outrageous” and stating “that her record speaks for itself.”

Wente’s appointment had been under review late last week, with Massey College principal Nathalie Des Rosiers saying they had “new information” but she did not elaborate.

Controversy emerged days earlier when the school, affiliated with the University of Toronto, described Wente as one of 46 appointees “who demonstrate the ethical pursuit of the public good that we want to model for our junior fellowship.”

A petition signed by students, faculty, staff, alumni, and donors urged the college to rescind the post due to Wente’s history of inflammatory columns dealing with race and multiple accusations of plagiarism.


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