Scarborough student selected as legislative page

By RON FANFAIR

Torin Hills has landed a job at Queen’s Park even though he’s still in Grade Eight.

The St. Agatha Catholic School student is serving the Ontario government as a legislative page. He will meet Premier Dalton McGuinty and many of the 107 members of the provincial parliament and learn about the parliamentary system of government during his term of duty, which began Monday.

“It sounds exciting and I am looking forward to it,” said the Scarborough resident, who earned a spot in the program by submitting an application that included an essay in which he outlined his achievements and his desire to be a page.

The legislative program is open to Grades seven and eight students who have an interest in current affairs and an academic average of 80 per cent.

“Torin likes to read newspapers and analyze current affairs events,” said his mother, Mary Charles Hills, who is a Business Studies teacher at Blessed Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School in Malvern. “This is quite an opportunity for him in terms of being exposed to the legislative process.”

While most students spent the March break chilling with friends and taking it easy, Hills was busy learning the names, faces and locations of the 107 MPPs.

His day in the legislature begins at 8 a.m. when the pages arrive for work. Their duties include delivering messages and water for MPPs in the chamber, taking Legislative Process and Math classes and meeting with key officials such as the party leaders, the House Speaker and Lieutenant Governor David Onley.

“Torin is going to be quite busy over the next few weeks and he will get a taste of what it’s like in the working world,” said his mother. “He will have to get up early and take the bus and subway to work. He will repeat the process in the evening and if he has to work late, his dad will pick him up.”

 

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