The following is from Queen’s Park today on concussions
PC MPP, Jerry Ouellette, asked the Minister of Education, Laurel Broten, about her Education Amendment Act (Concussions), 2012 (Bill 39). He said he sees “a problem that high school hockey is not governed by the rules found in Hockey Canada, as such there is no checking to the head penalty as found in all other youth sports in Canada.” Ouellette discussed a recent example of a young man in Oshawa who “took a debilitating hit from behind” that broke his leg possibly ending his hockey life. He said “the main reason it occurred was because high school refs are not governed by Hockey Canada, and the high school refs do not have the same strict guidelines and oversight found in all other hockey that is governed by Hockey Canada as such allowing checks to the head”. Ouellette asked Broten if she could commit to review high school hockey or other high school sports to minimize concussions and work with those organizations already doing so through officials in their systems.
Broten said that the Ministry of Education is very much committed to take steps to ensure the safety of all kids and protect them from concussions. The Ministry is continuing to meet, work with and consider the best advice from experts on concussion protocols and what that should be.
OATA PREPARES MOTION_MAY 22, 2012.pdf
BILL 39 LETTER TO BROTEN.pdf