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District high school tudents question Clement on issues important to teens in round table

BRACEBRIDGE – Issues important to teens – including mental health, minimum wage and university tuition – were the among topics of discusson during a student round table Friday at St. Dominic’s high school with federal representative Tony Clement.

The Parry Sound-Muskoka MP met with representatives from area high schools to answer questions and receive first-hand input on issues concerning young people across the district.

Students from GravenhurstHigh School, Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School, St. Dominic’s Catholic Secondary School, Almaguin HighlandsS econdary School and Huntsville High School participated in the session, which was held at St. Dominic in Bracebridge.

“It was a casual and open-ended forum. Whatever topics the students wished to explore, whatever question they had, it was a chance to have a discussion and hear their ideas,” said Clement.

“All the students had a keen sense of the issues of the day, and brought some interesting insights to the table. I was impressed by the passion for the issues they possessed, and their desire to be engaged.”

Issues brought up during the forum included elder abuse, mental health, minimum wage, the crisis in Ukraine, university tuition, affordable housing, struggles youth have being engaged in politics, promoting local foods, and privacy on the Internet.

“The forum was a great opportunity for me, and I hope it was for the students as well. I`m looking forward to doing similar sessions in the future,” said Clement.

Tony Clement chats with teens after his round table. Left, Huntsville High's  Zach Sawyer, Tia Vom Scheidt and Blake Van Dolder; back left St. Dominic's Tiffany Rae and Glenn Cooke; BMLSS's Megan Vandermolen and Christopher White; St. Dominic student trustee Quinn Scarlett; Almaguin High School's Carley Milla and  Saxxon McLeod; and Gravenhurt High School's Amie Hart and Paige Jackson.

Tony Clement chats with teens after his round table. Left, Huntsville High’s Zach Sawyer, Tia Vom Scheidt and Blake Van Dolder; back left St. Dominic’s Tiffany Rae and Glenn Cooke; BMLSS’s Megan Vandermolen and Christopher White; St. Dominic student trustee Quinn Scarlett; Almaguin High School’s Carley Milla and Saxxon McLeod; and Gravenhurt High School’s Amie Hart and Paige Jackson.

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