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Helmets mandatory


It was business as usual at tonight’s town council meeting, until an update from the Parks, Recreation and Special Events Committee meeting stirred the pot. 

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Coach Shane Lukinchuk and Laura Horwood explain the next drill to these novice hockey players at Impact’s Hockey School.

The committee was presented with a memorandum and a proposed Ice Helmet Policy to be implemented at the Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium and the Windsor Stadium.

The committee was informed that an Ice Helmet Policy has been implemented in several arenas throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

Councilor Darren Finn said he appreciates that the town is, “trying to be proactive and preventative,” but he, along with Councillor Amy Coady-Davis and Mayor Al Hawkins, was left wondering how the policy would be enforced and for what programs, specifically when it comes to figure skating.

The figure skating program does not require athletes to wear a helmet after they have completed the Canskate program as a helmet can affect the skater’s balance and vision. Coun. Coady-Davis said she would like clarification from Skate Canada as to whether or not it would be “a help or hindrance to the skater,” if they were required to wear a helmet.

The committee has recommended that the proposed Ice Helmet Policy be approved and the policy instituted on Nov. 1, 2015, to be strictly enforced effective Dec. 1, 2015.

The Ice Helmet Policy will be reviewed by the committee. Items to be clarified include determining where it is acceptable to enforce the policy. For example, under the current policy, parents coming onto the ice after hockey tournaments will not be required to wear helmets.

 

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