Local MPP’s motion to reduce classroom distractions passes in Ontario legislature

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario has unanimously passed a motion brought forward by a local MPP to curb distractions in schools.

Kitchener South-Hespeler MPP, Jess Dixon, introduced the motion that calls for the Minister of Education Stephen Lecce to create policy around countering the use of cell phones and restrictions on the use and possession of tobacco, vape, recreational cannabis, and nicotine products.

Dixon called the passing a “significant step” in highlighting students’ well-being around distractions while in school.

“In an era where technology permeates every aspect of our lives, it’s crucial that we take proactive measures to mitigate its adverse effects, especially in our schools,” Dixon said in a press release. “My motion aims to call the Government to action on the pressing issue of distractions caused by smartphones and the need to strengthen regulations and policies surrounding the use of tobacco, vape, recreational cannabis, and nicotine products on school premises.”

Dixon said the motion aligns with the Ontario government’s “Back to Basics” strategy to safeguard youth wellbeing and underscore a focused learning environment in Ontario schools.

“The passing of this motion highlights the bipartisan commitment to prioritizing the needs of our youth and fostering a supportive educational environment,” said a statement from Dixon’s office. “By working together across party lines, members of the Legislative Assembly have sent a clear message of solidarity in addressing the challenges facing our schools and communities.”

Dixon was first elected to the riding of Kitchener South-Hespeler in 2022 as a Progressive Conservative.

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