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Ontario introduces concussion bill named after teen rugby player who died

TORONTO — A concussion bill named for a 17-year-old girl who died after being injured while playing high school rugby has been introduced in the Ontario legislature with rare all-party support.

Rowan Stringer's parents say their daughter was a nurturing person who would want this law in her memory to help other children.

They also say she brought people together, so it's appropriate that Rowan's Law was introduced by the Progressive Conservatives with the support of both the Liberals and the NDP.

Rowan's Law would establish a committee to get the recommendations that came out of the coroner's inquest into her death implemented within a year.

The coroner's jury recommendations include establishing guidelines to ensure a child is removed from play if a concussion is suspected and that they not return to play until receiving medical clearance.

Lisa MacLeod, who represents the Ottawa-area riding where the Stringers live, says Rowan's Law would be the first concussion law in Canada.

The Canadian Press

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