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Editorial: Hockey Canada is on probation

Hockey Canada has had federal funding cut off because of its handling of the case and settlement, while a number of corporations paused sponsorship dollars.
Hockey Canada has a Commonwealth Many companies have suspended sponsorship funding while funding has been cut off for the government's handling and settlement of the case. Photo Credit: Hockey Canada

We have a junior tournament. , the federal government, sponsors, parents, and the public a long way to go.

At this iconic tournament in Edmonton, There have been no allegations of sexual assault against Canadian players and their international rivals.

However, Hockey Canada has failed to address previous allegations of gang sexual assault for years, so now in 2018 and he implicated a player on the Canadian junior team in 2003. He has two criminal investigations underway in the alleged case.

Hockey Canada has quietly settled multiple allegations of abuse, harassment and discrimination involving millions of dollars from a fund created using player registration fees. The revelations have added fuel to the fire and cast a dark cloud over the ongoing situation. tournament.

So far, Hockey Canada has taken the traditional steps that organizations involved in this kind of scandal do to survive.

They announced an independent investigation into the 2018 allegations.

Hockey Canada's Chairman of the Board of Directors, Michael Brindamore, has resigned.

He was replaced by Interim Chair Andrea Skinner, a Toronto attorney and former college-level hockey player who joined the Board in 2020 and became the first female leader.

Hockey Canada has asked former Justice Thomas Cromwell of the Supreme Court of Canada to review Hockey Canada's governance structure, saying it will continue to take sexual misconduct seriously.

But all this is a reminder of what has been going on in the Canadian military for years. The Canadian government had her three former Supreme Court justices investigate issues of sexual assault, discrimination and harassment in the military and replaced the military. It plays the lead so often that it resembles a game of musical chairs.

For this reason, no one today would claim that all military failures on these issues have been resolved.

It takes time to change an organization's culture around the issue of sexual misconduct.

There is no quick and easy solution.

So Hockey Canada has a long way to go to restore the public confidence it has squandered.

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