There’s rising concern the International Ice Hockey Federation’s World Junior Championship set for Halifax and Moncton later this 12 months might be on thin ice.
Hockey Canada, the game’s nationwide governing physique, is below stress to make management modifications amid its dealing with of sexual abuse allegations. Hockey Canada performs a significant function in organizing the world juniors.
In a joint assertion from Halifax Mayor Mike Savage and Moncton Mayor Dawn Arnold on Friday, the mayors mentioned whereas they’re excited for the match “… we’re deeply involved about Hockey Canada’s lack of judgment and professionalism.”
The assertion goes on to say they’re searching for “significant modifications inside Hockey Canada previous to the World Junior Championship happening in our cities.” The mayors mentioned “accountability is paramount” and that the way forward for the match could be mentioned with “council colleagues and provincial internet hosting companions.”
Earlier Friday, New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs mentioned his province is contemplating slicing ties with the occasion. Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston mentioned Thursday earlier than the championships go ahead “we have to see some significant modifications that respect the issues of Nova Scotians and Canadians.”
Both Hockey New Brunswick and Hockey Nova Scotia introduced this week they won’t pay Hockey Canada its typical $3 per participant evaluation charge.
Hockey Nova Scotia mentioned it “misplaced confidence in Hockey Canada’s senior management.” No one from Hockey Nova Scotia was out there for an interview Friday.
The Halifax Hawks Minor Hockey Association supported the transfer.
“We’re actually, actually grateful and we predict it is vastly optimistic Hockey Nova Scotia have stepped up and brought the motion,” mentioned Hawks president Craig Robinson.
Fundamental change wanted
Robinson mentioned he hopes slicing funds to Hockey Canada will not have an effect on video games and tournaments in Nova Scotia.
“As far as we’re conscious, the insurance coverage funds are being made so everybody is roofed on the ice. It’s a $3 evaluation charge which matches towards the operations of Hockey Canada that is not being paid,” Robinson mentioned.
Robinson mentioned regardless of the final result is with Hockey Canada, there needs to be elementary change.
“The folks that have taken Hockey Canada to the place they’re now can’t be the folks that take Hockey Canada ahead,” Robinson mentioned.
Liz LeClair is a volunteer with Can’t Buy My Silence, a gaggle that believes non-disclosure agreements should not be used to silence victims of abuse. When somebody indicators a non-disclosure settlement, they’re solely allowed to speak to their lawyer or accountant in regards to the state of affairs, LeClair mentioned.
Non-disclosure settlement use
She mentioned non-disclosure agreements are utilized by organizations like Hockey Canada to silence victims of abuse and harassment whereas permitting perpetrators to maneuver on to the subsequent place.
“Like most organizations, they do not notice these tales get out no matter utilizing these instruments to maintain victims silent,” LeClair mentioned.
LeClair mentioned her group was happy to see Houston’s feedback on Hockey Canada, however mentioned Nova Scotia wants laws towards using non-disclosure agreements. Prince Edward Island is the one province that has laws limiting using non-disclosure agreements.
“It’s one thing that we have to tackle,” she mentioned.
Nova Scotia’s Department of Justice mentioned there is no plan to carry any non-disclosure settlement laws this sitting. In a press release, it mentioned it “continues to watch, and watch with curiosity, what is going on in different jurisdictions.”
At a rink in Halifax on Friday, native hockey gamers weighed in on what ought to occur with the world championship.
Mike Mansfield mentioned the match ought to solely be pulled as a final resort. He mentioned the match and people who profit from its financial spinoff should not must endure due to Hockey Canada.
“Something needs to be carried out about that senior administration,” Mansfield mentioned. “It’s despicable.”
Gary Geddes mentioned he thinks the match ought to go forward as a result of Hockey Canada has made some modifications. But he mentioned a call ought to wait till November when the board may have its personal inner shakeup.
“I actually assume [the world juniors] must occur for the children particularly. They’re going to take the brunt of all this,” Geddes mentioned.