The Ontario Roads Association was concerned about "intolerant" social media statements posted by one of its Board members.

Although those statements fell short of Canada's prohibition against hateful speech, the organization's leaders felt that a person who promoted those beliefs should not sit on its Board.

Well, suppose all but one of the members of a Board voiced strongly held positions about issues that might be categorized as racist, sexist, ageist, or disparaging to people of particular religions, nationalities, ethnic groups, or sexual persuasions.

And what if that lone Board member posted comments on a personal social media page (not the association's page) that were in conflict with the beliefs of the rest of the Board?

Would it be permissible to ban the dissenting member from serving on the Board?

When judging a member's suitability to sit on a Board of Directors, be very careful how you make that decision. Establish a formal policy, don't just respond to "mob action," and don't just pay attention to the hot issues of the day.

Be sure you are setting legitimate criteria and not guidelines that will simply attract people who are likely to go along with what everybody else thinks.