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Provincial federations want a Hockey Canada meeting, reports before paying fees


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13 Canadian provinces hockey federations they want answers and say they will withhold membership dues for HockeyCanada while the organization is caught up in a national scandal over recent sexual assault Accusations against players.

The letter, written in French and headed by Hockey Québec, was issued on Thursday. Chairman Claude Fortin wrote that the group is asking for an “extraordinary meeting” with Hockey Canada “as soon as possible.”

The meeting is to learn more about the handling of the 2018 complaints and the role the board played once it was made aware of it and the actions that were taken.

The federations are “dismayed and continue to be concerned” by the accusations, as well as by the management and decisions made by the national body.

“What we are learning outside of this situation is contrary to the values ​​that our sport must transmit to its participants and those who supervise them,” the letter reads.

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The letter was issued the same day it was announced that the former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Thomas Cromwell will conduct an independent review of HockeyCanadagovernment amid calls for a change in leadership of the governing body.

In May, news broke that members of the 2018 world junior team were charged with group sexual assault after a Hockey Canada gala event in London, Ontario. and Hockey Canada reached a settlement with the plaintiff.

The woman who filed the complaint was seeking more than $3.5 million in damages from the organization, the Canadian Hockey League and the unidentified players. Details of the settlement have not been made public and none of the allegations have been proven in court.

With Hockey Canada embroiled in a national scandal, the provinces also want more details about the previously announced organization. “Action plan.” This includes the process behind its creation and the contents of the plan itself.

The federations will also only pay dues this December if Hockey Canada provides them with a written report on the Action Plan and its implementation, the letter says.

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Alleged victim denies Hockey Canada’s initial claims that he did not cooperate with police

They say they want a progress report on the initiative before the second payment deadline in 2023 and list it as an “essential condition” to handle their dues. Updates will then be shared with members of the provincial federations.

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“Through these actions, we want to continue to offer our members and all those who wish to participate in our sport a healthy, positive, safe, inclusive and accessible environment, as well as programs focused on learning and fun,” the letter says. .

“We also believe that communication, transparency and accountability will be required to maintain our members’ trust in Hockey Quebec, to restore that of families in Hockey Canada, and for lasting change in hockey culture.”

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Fortin ends with a letter saying that everyone has a role to play for the well-being of hockey players and those who work in the sport.

“Our sport must do more, but above all do it better,” the letter says. “Hockey should be more than a game.”

with files from Amanda Connolly of Global News and Canadian Press

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