Canadian federation under pressure after harassment cases – Winter Sports

Canadian federation under pressure after harassment cases - Winter Sports

Ottowa – Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 1:06 pm

The Canadian Ice Hockey Federation has come under criticism following reports that it has quietly settled sexual assault cases with slush fund payments.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday called the alleged process “absolutely unacceptable” and was outraged. “I think it’s hard for anyone in Canada to trust or trust anyone in the Canadian federation,” he told reporters.

In May it became known that the Canadian consortium had quietly settled a million-dollar lawsuit brought by a woman who, according to her, had been sexually assaulted by eight men four years earlier. These include the players of the junior national team.

The head of the association, Scott Smith, said that no public funds were used in the agreement. Grants were cut on how the government handled the matter.

Fund with 11.5 million euros

There were reports this week that a fund filled with membership fees has been secretly created in the association for such matters. It is sometimes said to contain the equivalent of over 11.5 million euros.

The association said there was a fund that paid for a range of costs, citing safety, welfare and equality initiatives. It will also pay for uninsured items related to bodily injury, harassment or sexual misconduct. The fund’s investment was in line with other large national organizations.

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