There are more than 1000 hockey parents across Ontario whose children play in Ontario Hockey Federation Member organizations.
Stephen Penney is one of them.
Stephen, along with many other parents are extremely concerned about the failure of the Member associations to properly implement the vaccination policy contained in OHF's Return to Hockey Framework which was released August 27, 2021.
These Member leagues are ignoring the Policy’s ‘recommended but optional’ approach to vaccines and are substituting coercive and heavy-handed policies which will result in the removal of potentially thousands of minor hockey players from their leagues this season upon refusal to comply.
OHF’s vaccination position, contained in the Policy, states the following:
"Looking ahead to the upcoming season, the OHF requests that all eligible players, coaches, officials, volunteers, staff, families and fans consider getting vaccinated, guided by information from health officials including Health Canada and Public Health Ontario"
Member organizations are going against this policy.
A vaccination policy should be recommended, not mandated.
The provincial government doesn't even require that minor athletes be vaccinated in order to participate in sport, nor do the regional Medical Officers of Health.
OHF’s position is also in keeping with the policy of Hockey Canada.
That's why our team of lawyers issued a letter to the executive director of the Ontario Hockey Federation.
Vaccine mandates on minors are both unscientific and unethical.
There is absolutely no “undue hardship” for the association to accommodate players who do not wish to be vaccinated for any reason whatsoever.
You can learn more about Stephen's legal proceedings and follow along for updates on this page.