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Montreal mom fights no-street-hockey rule in east end

A Pointe-aux-Trembles mother is upset after a group of children in her neighbourhood, including two of her sons, were told they are not allowed to play street hockey.

Bridget Sykucki says neighbour called police on children playing in street

Bridget Sykucki says her boys, along with many other children in the neighbourhood, like to play street hockey in a narrow alleyway. (Courtesy of Bridget Sykucki )

A Pointe-aux-Trembles mother is upset after a group of children in her east end Montreal neighbourhood, including two of her sons, were told they are not allowed to play street hockey.

Bridget Sykucki told CBC Daybreak on Friday that she lives next to an eight-unit apartment in which 11 children live. Combined with the other children on her street, she told Daybreak host Mike Finnerty, it makes for a lot of children.

“On Wednesday, we were playing in the alleyway — we call it an alleyway because we only have our cars that are parked there. There are no street addresses that give on that street, so we call it an alleyway but theoretically, it’s a street,” she explained.

She said a neighbour came out and began yelling at the children to be quiet, and threatened to call the police.

Officers showed up a couple of hours later, Sykucki said, and told the children to stop playing.

“They said that they had to reinforce the law, that by law, the municipal law, we were not allowed to play in the street,” she said.

The officers told her the children’s parents could be fined up to $75 per child if it continued.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre caught wind of the affair, tweeting on Thursday that he loved to play street hockey as a child and didn’t understand what had happened in Pointe-aux-Trembles.

RDPPointe-Aux-Trembles city councillor Richard Guay stopped by to pay Sykucki and the children a visit on Thursday.

"If we go and look at the rules, you're not supposed to play in the street or in the back lane," Guay told CBC News.

But Guay said he agrees 92nd Avenue is an ideal spot for a game of street hockey.

"On that street, it's a very small street and there's not [more than] maybe two, three, four cars a day that are passing by. So a security issue is not really there. It's minimal so we do tolerate it."

Sykucki said Guay discussed possible options with her, including having the street classified as an alleyway to allow the children to play there. 

Sykucki said she was pleased to be able to discuss the issue with a city official, although she was a little disappointed Coderre didn't show up to play street hockey with the children.

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