In the dispute, Hockey Canada claims to be beyond blame

Hockey Canada officials said Monday by ensuring that out-of-court settlement of civil disputes, such as the victims of mass rape allegedly committed by eight players, was “very common.” I protected it. The Federal Minister of Sport promises to strengthen federal control.

“I don’t know what happened that night,” said Tom Lenny, CEO of Hockey Canada, who stopped by an elected official of the Federal Heritage Commission on Monday night.

The organization guarantees that it did not want to “hide under the rug” allegations of sexual assault against unidentified players, even if it was settled out of court four years after the case.

However, officials said they noticed the incident on the morning of June 19, 2018, the day after the Hockey Canada Foundation celebration in London, Ontario. They claim to have notified local police and Sports Canada officials in the next few hours.

Hockey Canada said it was introduced by the Federal Sports Minister as “one of the most powerful sports organizations in the country” and hired an outside company to help victims with the investigation. The latter did not want to participate in the investigation, so the manager said it was impossible to disciplinary action against the young athletes involved.

These managers could not say how many of the 19 players who attended the night of the event cooperated in the external investigation. They first estimated this number as “4 to 6” and then changed this estimate to “12 or 13”. Officials elected from all parties are very skeptical of the comments of hockey Canadian officials and expressed a desire to correct the existing “ambiguity” of the code of conduct for off-ice activities such as Gala. I have.

Public funds

Federal Sports Minister Pascal Sto Onji then appeared in front of the Commission, giving an enthusiastic speech against a “culture of silence” that seemed to further persuade elected members of the Commission, including the opposition. rice field.In particular, she promised to “completely review” [les] For example, a “funding agreement with a sports organization” must have an effective whistleblower mechanism.

Hockey Canada claims to have used a dedicated account for this type of contingency rather than using public funds for amicable reconciliation with the victims. Indeed, the minister said she would continue her audit already announced. Companies hired by the federal government must visit the Hockey Canada office, especially next week, and report at the end of August.

Despite this case, the minister defended the organization’s public funding. “Hockey Canada is also a women’s team, and that’s more than that,” he said. She argued that federal funding was the only way to intervene in hockey issues.

Since 2018, more than 47 complaints have been filed with her ministry, and the minister has identified cases ranging from psychological harassment to sexual crimes.

New Sports Integrity Commissioner

Hockey Canada’s senior executives will make their debut on the first day of the newly created position of Canada’s Sports Integrity Commissioner, served by former National Artistic Swimming Team athlete Salive Peltier.

“What we want to avoid is that people have no one to rely on,” Pelletier explained in an interview. Must.

Initially, the Commissioner can only receive complaints, investigate, and issue recommendations to sports federations that voluntarily agree to delegate this authority to her. On Monday, only Volleyball Canada and the Canadian Weightlifting Federation were signatories. Some other sports organizations are trying to complete the registration, but guarantee a new commissioner.

Can the Commissioner investigate the status of attacks that athletes have committed against non-athletes, such as suspected crimes in Canadian hockey? “Yes, at least find out what happened if it’s related to sporting activities,” commenting on a particular case or reminding respondents that they have to do part of the signing organization. Without doing, Mr. Peletier guarantees. ..

Minister Pascal St. Onji promised on Monday night that all sports organizations in the country would be required to join an independent body, which is a “safe place for athletes to file complaints.” She didn’t specify what the timeline would be.

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