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November 4/04 12:30 pm - Helmets to be Mandatory in Ontario?, Cycling Celebration Update

Posted by Editoress on 11/4/04

Helmet Law Introduced in Ontario Legislature
Note: text in quotations taken directly from Hansard - ed

MPP John Milloy (Kitchener Centre) has introduced a bill (129) to amend the "Highway Traffic act to make it mandatory for anyone using in-line skates, a skateboard or any other type of muscle-powered vehicle to wear a helmet. At present, all cyclists in Ontario are required to wear helmets, but regulations passed by the government exempted individuals over the age of 18 from this requirement. This bill removes the government's power to make such exceptions, making it mandatory for all cyclists to wear helmets. It does, however, provide for exemptions for those who cannot wear a helmet due to religious beliefs."

The bill was introduced and received First Reading in the Ontario Legislative Assembly of Ontario (Queen's Park) on October 19th. Second reading is as yet unscheduled.

Cycling Celebration to Recognize Ontario's Best!
Courtesy OCA

The excitement is building toward the Cycling Celebration Awards night November 20th at the Olympic Spirit Toronto. On that evening, the Ontario Cycling Association will be handing out their annual awards to the best Ontario has to offer on two wheels.

These awards include...
Road Male Athlete of the Year
Road Female Athlete
of the Year
Road Organizer of the Year
Road Contributor of the Year
MTB Male Athlete of the Year
MTB Female Athlete of the Year
MTB Organizer of the Year
MTB Contribution to Cycling
BMX Male Athlete of the Year
BMX Female Athlete of the Year
BMX Contributor of the year

Some of the award presenters include some of Canada's most successful Olympians...
Marie-Hélène Prémont
Michael Barry
Sue Palmer-Komar
Curt Harnett
Steve Bauer
Chrissy Redden

The event is currently over 75% sold out. Don't miss out on this epic evening. Call the OCA ticket hotline for more information and ticket reservations: 416.426.7416.

Thank you to the event sponsors...
Canadian Cyclist
Chico Racing
Jones Brown Insurance Brokers
My Next
Pedal Magazine
Securi Sport
SISU Hydrade


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