Hockey Canada failing to grasp ‘serious’ situation amid outcry: Trudeau


Hockey Canada is failing to know the way it contributed to the “critical” state of affairs gripping the group, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated on Wednesday.

His feedback come after a heated committee assembly on Tuesday that noticed Hockey Canada officers pressed by MPs for solutions on the group’s dealing with of sexual assault.

The remarks additionally comply with a Globe and Mail report on Monday, which revealed Hockey Canada put participant registration charges in direction of a second fund “for issues together with however not restricted to sexual abuse,” in response to paperwork obtained by the newspaper.

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It’s the second revelation of such a fund in current months, after it was revealed in July that one other fund — the Nationwide Fairness Fund — was used to settle sexual misconduct claims.

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“It boggles the thoughts that Hockey Canada is constant to dig in its heels,” Trudeau stated on his means right into a caucus assembly in Ottawa on Wednesday.

“Mother and father throughout the nation are dropping religion or have misplaced religion in Hockey Canada, actually politicians right here in Ottawa have misplaced religion in Hockey Canada.”

Hockey Quebec cuts ties, will cease transferring funds

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Trudeau says organizations distancing themselves from Hockey Canada

Trudeau says organizations distancing themselves from Hockey Canada

Hockey Quebec, the provincial federation for the game, has moved to chop ties with its federal counterpart in gentle of the most recent revelation. In a decision adopted Tuesday evening, Hockey Quebec stated it “doesn’t have faith” in Hockey Canada’s capacity to alter hockey’s tradition underneath the construction it at present has in place.

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It additionally now not plans to switch funds to its federal counterpart, in response to the decision.

“It’s no shock that provincial organizations are questioning whether or not or not they wish to proceed supporting a corporation that doesn’t perceive how critical a state of affairs it has contributed to inflicting,” Trudeau stated.

“I actually hope they perceive, as a result of hockey is a extremely essential sport to lots of Canadians and lots of children, and proper now this mess is doing no favours to children throughout the nation.”

Sport Minister Pascale St-Onge welcomed Hockey Quebec’s determination as she walked into caucus on Wednesday. She stated the transfer exhibits there’s an urge for food for “reform.”

“It additionally sends the message to the leaders on the group which are holding on to their jobs that Hockey Canada doesn’t belong to them, it additionally belongs to their members, they usually need change,” St-Onge stated.

“They need a change in tradition, they usually wish to struggle towards sexual violence.”

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Hockey Canada interim chair grilled by MPs over safety of present management

Hockey Canada interim chair grilled by MPs over safety of present management

Later within the day on Wednesday, the Ontario Hockey Federation confirmed to World Information that it intends to withhold its funds from Hockey Canada. The federation stated it made a proper request to Hockey Canada “to not acquire the $3.00 Participant Evaluation Payment for the 2022-2023 season.”

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Hockey Canada’s Nationwide Fairness Fund — which was fuelled partially by kids’s registration charges — had paid out $7.6 million in 9 settlements associated to sexual assault and sexual abuse claims since 1989, executives advised MPs in July.

CFO Brian Cairo advised MPs throughout a July committee assembly that $6.8 million of that complete was associated to Graham James, a former Canadian junior ice hockey coach who plead responsible to 2 counts of sexual assault in 1997. Uninsured settled claims made up one other $1.3 million of the payouts, $1 million of which resulted from 4 incidents from a single perpetrator.

Hockey Canada stated in July it might now not use this fund for sexual abuse claims.

— with information from The Canadian Press

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