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Hockey Canada says 2019 electronic mail doesn’t mirror the federation’s ‘present course’


TORONTO — Hockey Canada says a 2019 electronic mail detailing its need to self-govern its safe-sport instances doesn’t mirror the group’s present course.

The nationwide federation, which has been beneath intense scrutiny since information of an alleged sexual assault in 2018, and subsequent hushed cost, broke in Could, was reacting to a three-page electronic mail despatched to the Sport Minister’s workplace.

Within the electronic mail obtained by The Canadian Press, Hockey Canada boasted of its safe-sport administration that was “second to none” however raised issues of a third-party investigator or a toll-free reporting line.

“Hockey Canada acknowledges that we have to do extra to foster a secure and optimistic surroundings on and off the ice,” the governing physique mentioned in an announcement Wednesday. “That’s the reason we’re implementing vital modifications to how complaints are acquired and investigated. This contains the creation of a brand new unbiased third-party grievance course of and turning into a full signatory of the Authorities’s Workplace of the Sport Integrity Commissioner.”

Sport Minister Pascale St-Onge launched OSIC in June to carry out unbiased investigations of claims of abuse and maltreatment in sport, and has set a deadline of April of 2023 for nationwide sport organizations to signal agreements to work with the brand new workplace.

Weightlifting and volleyball are the one two nationwide sport federations to signal on to date, though dozens of different NSOs are in negotiations.

The three-page electronic mail signed by Glen McCurdie, who was then Hockey Canada’s vice-president of insurance coverage and danger administration, additionally detailed the group’s Nationwide Fairness Fund used for uninsured liabilities, together with sexual abuse claims.

“Hockey Canada’s suggestions as a part of a 2019 secure sport session with the Workplace of the Minister of Science and Sport, doesn’t mirror our group’s present pondering or course on these points,” Hockey Canada mentioned within the assertion. “Actually, opposite to the letter (The Canadian Press) referenced, Hockey Canada proactively participated within the authorities’s secure sport helpline, which included having third-party investigators examine any claims it acquired.

“By the session, Hockey Canada additionally offered data on our insurance coverage insurance policies associated to sexual misconduct claims. As properly, using the Nationwide Fairness Fund is presently suspended and beneath evaluation as a part of an unbiased third-party governance evaluation.”

Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport from 2015 to 2019, mentioned she didn’t obtain the Hockey Canada electronic mail addressed to Michael Paramathasan, a former senior coverage adviser for the game minister, when it was despatched Oct. 29, 2019.

The alleged sexual assault following a gala occasion in 2018 in London, Ont., concerned eight unidentified gamers, together with members of that 12 months’s world junior crew. Allegations of gang sexual assault involving the 2003 world junior crew emerged in July.

Not one of the allegations have been confirmed in court docket.

Hockey Canada has had its federal funding lower off due to its dealing with of the case and settlement, whereas a variety of firms have paused sponsorship {dollars}.




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