Return Hockey To Alberta!

Return Hockey To Alberta!

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Jonathan Hunter started this petition to Alberta Provibcial Government

The science of the spread of COVID 19 does NOT support the position taken by the Alberta Health Services to suspend indoor and outdoor hockey and Shinny. Rather than violate the provincial health orders, we are requesting that the government immediately recant on its position that suspending recreational hockey games will have a positive impact on lowering the case transmission of Covid 19. Science does not support this position. While the hockey community of Alberta is in full support of lowering transmission rates that prevent the health care system from being overwhelmed, evidence does not support that the sport of hockey was a significant negative impact on this provincial initiative. The physical sport of hockey does not contribute to spikes of Covid 19 and no evidence has been presented to suggest that it has. The sport has been aggressively targeted likely as a response to social gatherings attributed to an infinitesimally small group from the hockey community that engaged in SOCIAL activities with a relationship to hockey but not the actual physical game itself. The province needs to recognize that penalizing a sporting community in response to a social problem sends a very bad message to it’s constituents. Instead of managing the problem behavior, the province has chosen punitive measures on the larger society which promotes citizens attempting to police social activities because our government is unable or unwilling to police the small minorities of people unwilling to follow the current provincial health protocols of no social gatherings. If it is time to bring back in person public education of our children, there is no reason medically or scientifically to prevent the return of recreational sporting events that support health protocols. In our minds as a hockey community, this is a non negotiable requirement of our government for the mental well being of the people of this country that participate in our nations greatest sport.  

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