A provincial bill, spurred by a local tragedy, has passed second reading unanimously at Queen’s Park.
Garrett’s Legacy Act is dedicated to 15 year-old Garrett Mills, who died earlier this year after an unanchored soccer net collapsed on him, in Napanee.
If passed into law, it would mandate all soccer goal posts in the province would be properly anchored to the ground to stop them from falling over.
The law would be policed through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, which would ensure anchors are properly installed and implement a regulatory inspection regime.
Unanchored soccer posts have killed at least 51 children, as a result of blunt-force trauma and according to the Ontario Soccer Association, more than 430,000 people are playing soccer in the province.