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Minister loosens muzzle on autism advisory panel

Members of a new advisory panel on Ontario’s autism program will be able to publicly share their opinions about policies being put in place, the minister in charge said Friday. But he stopped short of waiving confidentiality agreements that some advocates feared would muzzle committee members and shroud the decision-making process in secrecy.

The assurance from Children and Youth Services Minister Michael Coteau came in an open letter to the Ontario Autism Coalition one week after the group urged Coteau to get rid of the agreements, so that policy decisions about children can be transparent and openly discussed.

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