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Moncton City Council approves mandatory helmet use at all City of Moncton arenas


July 15, 2013
 
MONCTON – At tonight’s regular public meeting of Moncton City Council, Council approved a policy for the mandatory use of helmets during ice skating activities for users of all ages at all City of Moncton arenas.
 
Effective January 1st, 2014, participants of all ages skating at any City owned arena will be required to wear a CSA approved helmet (ice sport helmets). Anyone without a helmet will not be permitted to step on the ice.
 
The policy was implemented for the safety of all users and to help prevent injuries, namely head injuries. The City will be encouraging helmet use for all users and will be conducting a public awareness campaign beginning in the fall through December 31st.
 
“We really wanted to be proactive with this measure and we feel it’s important to make everyone’s skating experience one that is as safe as possible,” said Jocelyn Cohoon, Director of Leisure Services with the City of Moncton.
 
Certain exceptions to the policy will be granted for figure skaters who are registered with Skate Canada who have successfully completed the Can Skate program and are competing in sanctioned competitions. The policy will also not apply to team personnel during sanctioned Quebec Major Junior Hockey League activities.
 
With this policy, Moncton becomes the first city in New Brunswick to mandate helmet use by all skaters on city ice surfaces.
 
The City of Moncton appreciates the public’s cooperation.

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Media Contact:
 
André Cormier
Communications Officer
City of Moncton
506-859-2686
andrem.cormier@moncton.ca