Tell Toronto City Council: Let Kids Play Street Hockey!
  • Petitioned Denzil Minnan-Wong

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City Councilor
Denzil Minnan-Wong
City Councilor
Josh Matlow

Tell Toronto City Council: Let Kids Play Street Hockey!

    1. Petition by

      KaBOOM!

Four Toronto teens have taken a stand against a decades-old law in Toronto, Canada that bans children from playing hockey on residential streets. They brought a petition with more than 125 signatures to City Hall a few weeks ago to request that the ban be lifted.

The boys have found an ally in Councilor Josh Matlow, who plans to bring a motion to a city council meeting that allows kids to play hockey in the street as long as their parents agree to assume liability for the risks involved.

However, Councilor Denzil Minnan-Wong supports keeping the ban in place, deferring to a report prepared by the transportation department that outlines the risks associating with repealing the ban. Minnan-Wong admits that 95 percent of children who play hockey in the street likely aren’t at risk, but he insists that “there has to be some way in which the 5% of the ones [children]... who do create a hazard to both themselves and motorists... where police can come out and make sure safety is enforced.”

Like so many bans created to limit risk and ensure the safety of our children, the street hockey ban focuses not on the vast majority of children who would actually benefit from the activity, but rather on the tiny fraction who might get hurt.

Join our online petition to encourage Minnan-Wong to support Matlow’s motion. Children need outdoor activities to support healthy lifestyles -- let their parents decide whether or not they can go out and play!

Photo by sssteve.o (cc).

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. by KaBOOM!

      Just got this note from one of the teens who originally started the petition: "Hi, my name is Bowen Pausey I'm sixteen and I'm the one who started the petition about making street hockey completely legal. I really do appreciate the support and it's pretty amazing that someone from Washington is blogging about me. Me and a couple friends are taking the petition to city hall tomorrow. I really appreciate the support... and I will let you know how it went. Thanks!"

    3. Reached 50 signatures
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      by KaBOOM!

      [This post comes from Kerala Taylor, Online Content Manager at KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit dedicated to saving play for America's children. --Eds.]
      In this simultaneously uplifting and disheartening story from the National Post, four teenagers took...

    5. Reached 10 signatures

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    • Samantha Benton CHARLOTTE, NC
      • about 3 years ago

      The good kids who just want to play should be able too, and motorists should always practice good driving in residential areas. If the 5% of kids cause problems, their parents need to enforce their rights and discipline them accordingly.

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    • B. Panacea BERKELEY, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Thank you very much for your time and attention to this matter. I look forward to your reply.

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    • bernard gagne TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 3 years ago

      I played a lot of street hockey as a kid and kept us out of trouble.

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    • Richard Dale Otto ATHENS, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      ...Include more of the community, and perhaps coaches and 'babysitters'/trainers will help with the responsibility

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    • vanne hanisch-godoy VICTORIA, AK
      • over 3 years ago

      IT SURE BEATS THE ALTERNATIVE OF SELLING DRUGS AND BREAKING INTO HOUSES AND KILLING PEOPLE!!! KIDS HAVEN'T GOT MANY CHOICES ANYMORE IN WHERE THEY PLAY!!!!

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