There are those who say that this bill will interfere with basic human rights and freedoms, and I guess there are a number of arguments to address that. The most obvious one is that we have a public health care system, and the cost of treating someone in that system who's had a preventable accident is something that we should not bear; it's something we should ask people to prevent.Though the Ontario Liberal's goal to create a "culture of safety" is progressing well according to the Party's four year plan, so far, Liberal MPP John Milloy's campaign to introduce legislation making "helmet-wearing on our public roadways by cyclists, in-line skaters and others" mandatory, has been unsuccessful. Luckily for Milloy and gang, they have the support of their brethren in Toronto. HOW MANY MORE LIVES???!!!:
Two city councillors from suburban Toronto say it may be time to make helmets mandatory for tobogganers, after the winter activity resulted in the deaths of two Canadian children this month.And don't forget to put on your body armour suit before getting up to go to that table. The overburdened emergency wards cannot be expected to treat patients who fail to take the proper precautions.
Tobogganing accidents have killed at least seven people in Canada since 2003, including two this month. On Sunday, an eight-year-old Quebec girl died when her sled hit a tree in St-Michel-Des-Saints, north of Montreal. On Jan. 7, a 12-year-old boy from Gilbert Plains, Man., was killed after hitting his head on a patch of ice while tobogganing with his older brother.There are also no laws in Canada making it mandatory for pedestrians to wear helmets although at least 7 people in this country have tripped over their own feet in the last five years resulting in fatal head injuries. It makes sense to me that there should be some provision for that. Or rather it makes sense if you believe you are endowed with more common sense than everyone else.
If in doubt, ask the Mayor.
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Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Posted by Lisa Turner on Wednesday, January 24, 2007