A provincial minister is urging City Council to lift the ban on street hockey in Toronto.
Micheal Coteau, Minister for Children and Youth Services will make his case for the scrapping of the law in a open letter to be presented to city council on Monday.
In the letter he points out that kids should be encouraged to play but ”sometimes, as government leaders, we focus too much on the details of programs, policies, budgets and statistics, when the best thing we can do is just get out of the way.”
The MPP, who has no jurisdiction in municipal politics added that not only does playing on the street have potential heath benefits in terms of physical activity, he also believes that such games aid in “things such as communication and social skills, an understanding of social rules, relationship building, learning how to compromise with others, patience and perseverance, teamwork and a sense of belonging.”
The letter comes a day before a transportation services’ department report, that recommends Toronto continue to prohibit kids from playing such sports on the city’s streets is presented to city council.
The bylaw, which is rarely enforced, carried a $55 dollar fine.