Allegations of sexual aggression | No public funds in the audience at the friendly, sa Hockey Canada

Within a few days of comparison before the Canadian Heritage Standing Committee, Hockey Canada made sure it did not use public money to settle out of court the alleged intentional sexual assault by a young woman.

Published at 12:34 p.m.
Updated at 12:44 p.m.

Katherine Harvey-Pinard

Katherine Harvey-Pinard
La Presse

In a brief statement on its website on Tuesday, Hockey Canada said “no government funds have been used in the latest court proceedings.”

“We take the allegations against the members of the 2017-18 Canadian junior team very seriously, as well as the safety and well-being of everyone participating in our programs-very seriously,” the organization added. impatient ”to deliver his testimony.

According to TSN, the leaders of Hockey Canada will be compared before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, at the Chamber of Commerce, on Monday, June 20.

Four directors will be invited to testify: incoming chief executive Scott Smith and outgoing Tom Renney, as well as former vice president of insurance and risk management Glen McCurdie and president of the Hockey Canada Foundation. David Andrews.

If they do not respond to the invitation or refuse to testify, they will return a summons, MP Peter Julian told TSN.

Canadian Sports Minister Pascale St-Onge will also be part of the witnesses. On June 2, the minister was “horrified” and “disgusted” by the case, asking Hockey Canada to submit to him a financial audit to determine if the organization used taxpayers’ money to conclude an illegal hearing. course with the victim.

Reminder of facts

On April 20, a young woman filed a lawsuit against eight ex-players of the Canadian Hockey League (LCH), against the same league and against Hockey Canada.

Today, at the age of 24, she accuses the players, some of whom have come to win the gold medal at the junior world championships with the Canadian team in 2018, of having attacked in a hotel room in the early morning. The collective rape allegedly took place hours after a gala organized by Hockey Canada on the sidelines of its foundation’s annual golf tournament.

Journalist Rick Westhead, of TSN, is a leading relationship announcer. Citing the 18 -page lawsuit filed before the Ontario Superior Court in London, the city where the aggression allegedly took place, Westhead described the degrading actions to which the victim was allegedly restrained without her consent. The document, que La Presse has since not identified neither the young woman nor her eight aggressors.

The matter was quickly settled amicably. The victim received 3.55 million dollars, not 2 million in homes that pass and future and 1 million in home penalties.

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