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Ontario introduces concussion bill named after teen rugby player who died

A bill has been introduced and named after a 17-year-old girl died from being injured while playing high school rugby. FACEBOOK

A concussion bill has been named for a 17-year-old girl who died after being injured while playing high school rugby.

The bill 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.

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 will not return to play until receiving medical clearance.

Stringer was in grade 12 when she took a hit to her head during a rugby game in May 2013. She succumbed to her injuries in hospital.

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

Her parents say she brought people together, so it’s appropriate that Rowan’s Law be introduced by the Progressive Conservatives with the support of both the Liberals and the NDP.