Immediate resumption of youth hockey after conclusion of 21 day “pause”

Immediate resumption of youth hockey after conclusion of 21 day “pause”

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Mike Sveinson started this petition to Doug Ford and
  1. We accept the governments most recent restriction of youth sports in Ontario as laid out by Premier Ford starting January 5th. 
  2. The day of the announcement he told us that this would be a "time limited" restriction of 3 weeks.  We are asking this government to be true to its word, and to let our kids play again, as they were before this recent shutdown.  
  3. Let us back in the arenas, gyms, studios, and pools that our tax dollars pay for and that are the grounds for so much of our children's dreams, as well as physical and mental health.

The restrictive measures that Ontario has used so much more liberally than many other North American jurisdictions have disproportionately affected youth. 

You said pause, and we will pause, but we will not cancel.



 

This is the facebook post which preceded this petition.


In light of the recent news again shutting down hockey in Ontario, I have a message that I want to send to hockey administration and leadership in Ontario.

Simply said, this is a pause not an ending.
In saying that, our our M.O. is to postpone, not cancel. Don't let the weight of these restrictions sap your will to continue doing what you do.

I get it, and Im likely writing this as much for my own motivation as i am attempting to encourage you, because i struggle with this as much as anyone.

I have been completely unable to rationalize the deficit we have societally here in Ontario when compared to our southern neighbours, other provinces in Canada and other countries worldwide who have done a far better job of prioritizing youth athletics. Being in a position of leadership in junior hockey and a father to a minor hockey player I have seen too much heartache and tears over this, and have kept too quiet about the situation. These kids don't have unions, or lobby groups or labour boards to fight for them, they have us as parents, volunteers, and leaders in the hockey community and its time to drop the gloves for them, pardon the pun.

So I won't be a part of cancelling a damn thing. I'll postpone it, if possible, and I hope that you'll do the same. Im 45 years old, and its not going to look a lot different when Im 50, but one thing we know at this age, is that 13 matters. 18 matters. We don't get those years back, and these kids need us standing in the way of cancellations for them

Ive met the most amazing people in this province through volunteerism be it the incredible staff of the Dryden GM Ice Dogs, the legion of junior A volunteers who keep the lights on in these small towns all across the province or the countless superstar minor hockey volunteers in Dryden, Kenora, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout etc that inspire me all the time to be better.

These people are tired, and they are frustrated, but they are resilient, and they will rise to the occasion again. If the game matters to you or your kids, then support these people, and let them know they matter, because they need all the help they can get right now to keep the train on the tracks

The time to remain on the sidelines has ended, and we can either be part of the solution or part of the problem. Write a letter, or use your voice and don't for a second think that you're just one person and it doesnt matter. I personally would think that the last group to piss off in this world would be the hockey moms and dads of Ontario!

Help us keep going, and I promise you we will do out part

So we postpone, we do not cancel.

We will get the support of our communities to make things happen in spite of the challenges our government puts in front of us, and we will reap the reward we always have; a sense of accomplishment in the community.

And this time we will have the knowledge that when the going got tough we got things done for our kids.

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