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Press Releases 2006

For immediate release

May 10, 2006

 

Students Make Legislative History!

 

 

(Queen's Park)   Oak Ridges MPP, Frank Klees was at the centre of a historical legislative event at Queen's Park today when he led off debate on a Private Members Bill which was initiated and developed by students under the CBC's Making The Grade Project.

 

Bill 93, The Education Amendment Act (Nutrition Standards In Schools), 2006 which was sponsored by Klees, was passed unanimously by the legislature following Second Reading debate. The Bill which requires school cafeterias to maintain nutritional standards and makes instruction on nutrition mandatory in school curriculum, was one of three Private Members Bills that was debated during a Special Session of the legislature in support of the Making The Grade Project designed to encourage student involvement in the political process.

 

"More important than the legislation that was passed today, is the historical significance of this occasion," said Klees." This is the first time in the history of the legislature that a Bill that was initiated by students has reached the floor of the legislature. For students to have the opportunity to become so directly involved in the political process and to see them become so engaged is encouraging. At a time when there is a great deal of cynicism about politics, especially among young people, this exercise will hopefully encourage young people to see politics in a positive light," said Klees.

Klees worked closely with two groups of students providing guidance in the drafting of two separate Bills that received First Reading in the legislature.

 

In addition to working with Grade 9 student Nupur Dogra and her classmates at Iroquois Ridge High School in Oakville in the development of Bill 93, Klees also helped Carly Carrigan and her classmates at Cardinal Carter Catholic High School in Aurora to bring their Bill 92 to First Reading.

 

Cardinal Carter students were also involved in the development of Bill 95, a Bill that will require businesses to post information on workplace rights and health and safety issues as they relate to students, which also passed Second Reading today.

 

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