A winter ban on playing with balls at an Ottawa public school has been partially lifted after two students collected 250 names on a petition.

As of Monday, students will be able to throw, catch and kick certain types of balls on the playground of D. Roy Kennedy Public School for the first time in three winters.

School principal Dana Slater had imposed the ban due to student injuries, saying snow and pebbles that stuck to the balls in winter posed a safety hazard.
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