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No government funds used to settle Hockey Canada sexual assault lawsuit: CEO
A Hockey Canada executive has told a House of Commons committee under oath that the organization did not use any government money to settle a lawsuit with an alleged sexual assault victim.
CBC News reported Monday that financial records show Hockey Canada received $14 million in support from the federal government in 2020 and 2021, including $3.4 million in emergency COVID-19 grants.
But in testimony before the House of Commons Canadian Heritage Standing Committee on Monday, Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney said none of those funds were used to settle a 3.55 lawsuit. million filed in April by a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by eight former Canadian Hockey League players following a Hockey Canada Foundation event in London, Ont., in June 2018.
The allegations have not been proven in court.
“I can assure that no government funds were used in this settlement,” Renney said in his opening statement to the committee.
The terms of the settlement and the identity of the parties to the lawsuit are not known.
Earlier this month, Sports Minister Pascale St-Onge ordered a financial audit of the out-of-court settlement, saying the move was to ensure taxpayers’ money was not used to settle the dispute. ‘affair.
Renney said the organization would cooperate fully with the audit.
When questioned by the committee, Hockey Canada chief operating officer Scott Smith said the organization liquidated some of its investments to pay the settlement. Government funding is kept in a separate account, Smith said.
Renney said the organization decided to settle the case quickly because it felt it had a moral obligation to do so. Read the full story here.
Millions stranded in India, floods in Bangladesh
(Mamun Hossain/AFP/Getty Images)
On Tuesday, people walked past trucks stuck on a flooded street in Sunamganj, Bangladesh. Learn more about flooding here.
A Winnipeg couple worked with the world’s largest search engine to pay tribute to one of the world’s most influential artists, Norval Morrisseau. Google doodles are changes to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, birthdays, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists. Blake Angeconeb and Danielle Morrison collaborated on creating a doodle for Google Canada to celebrate Morrisseau on Tuesday for National Indigenous Peoples Day. Morrisseau, also known as Copper Thunderbird, was a renowned painter from Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek in northwestern Ontario. He became popular in the 1960s for his Woodland style, using bold brushstrokes and lots of color. Angeconeb, from Lac Seul First Nation in northwestern Ontario, is an established artist himself, with a large online presence. He uses the Woodland style and incorporates pop culture into his works. « Norval’s work was the first piece of art that really really got me into art, » Angeconeb said. Read more about this story here and find more content related to National Indigenous Peoples Day here.
A Canada Revenue Agency criminal investigation into KPMG’s use of an offshore tax haven ended more than a year ago without any public announcement, sources told CBC News. The status of the case is uncertain. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) declined to comment on the case, as did federal prosecutors with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, which has been following the case closely over the years. KPMG did not respond to requests for comment. In a series of reports dating back to 2015, CBC and Radio-Canada reported that KPMG had set up a procedure by which wealthy Canadians could transfer assets to a tax haven and then recover their funds tax-free. The Isle of Man-based tax avoidance scheme had been active since 1999 and, according to documents filed in the Tax Court by the CRA in 2015, was « intended to mislead » the government. Read more about this story here.
If you’ve spent hours waiting to see a doctor in an Ontario emergency room, or days in the emergency room waiting to be admitted to hospital, you probably haven’t seen the real factors at play. the cause of these delays. Indeed, the province’s record wait times in emergency departments are largely symptoms of problems elsewhere in the health care system. Most of these issues predate the arrival of COVID-19 in Ontario and are now intensified by the toll that 2.5 years of the pandemic has taken on the system, the staff who work there and the patients we they serve. People who work in health care in Ontario say the key solutions to easing pressure on emergency rooms don’t involve quick fixes, but rather long-term changes to the system. « Ontario is now paying the price for 20 years of lack of effective long-term health care planning over successive governments, » said Anthony Dale, president of the Ontario Hospital Association. One of the main reasons patients are spending a record average of 20 hours in Ontario emergency rooms before being admitted to hospital is that hospital wards are routinely operating at or above capacity. , which creates an impasse to get out of the emergency. Read more analysis here.
From baseball to dancing, fencing to soccer, some kids are taking a little longer to get back into the rhythm of sports as they emerge from a pandemic break. It can feel like an awkward dribble or two, more frequent ‘catch your breath’ pauses and awkward social interactions – and instructors across Ottawa say they’re also noticing physical development issues in some of their young athletes . But they are not too worried and hope that the children will catch up quickly. « I’ve been doing this for years and the change I’ve noticed is remarkable, » said Bill Michalopulos, 10 and 11 year old soccer coach and president of Ottawa South United Soccer. Over the past four months of transitioning back to normalcy, Michalopulos said he’s seen a lot of apprehension and anxiety among some athletes. Read the full story here.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are back in their Stanley Cup Finals series. Playing at home, Tampa beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-2 on Monday to cut the Avs’ lead to 2-1. Steven Stamkos, Pat Maroon and Ondrej Palat each had a goal and an assist, as Tampa scored four times in the second period to rebound from a 7-0 loss in Game 2. Gabriel Landeskog scored both goals for Colorado last night. Tampa’s victory in Game 3 keeps its bid alive to become the first team in nearly 40 years to win three consecutive Stanley Cups. Learn more about the game here.
Now, some good news to start your Tuesday: Ray St-Laurent owns an electric car. And an electric lawn mower. And an electric snow blower. « Anything new and neat » tends to pique the interest of the retired mechanical engineer. But the electric plane the Fredericton man built by reusing an electric motorcycle engine is certainly the most unique addition to his electric fleet. « It’s called an eGull, » St-Laurent said. « And there’s 140 pounds of batteries on it. » Classified as a « basic ultralight », the eGull has enough cockpit room for St-Laurent and little else. From behind the flight stick, his view is unparalleled, with the windshield on all sides of his body. Learn more about the St-Laurent plane.
Opinion: Canada is addicted to real estate. He needs rehab
We had a lost decade, where a significant amount of spare capital and innovation went into building glass buildings in the sky, writes Mark Morris. Read the column here.
Front Burner: Crypto is crashing. Why?
After several months of hype, the cryptocurrency market is collapsing. Last week, trading and lending platform Celsius Network suspended all withdrawals, citing extreme market conditions. Another trading platform, Coinbase, has laid off nearly 20% of its workforce, warning of a potential prolonged “crypto winter”. Some $2 trillion in value was wiped out.
How this erasure felt to a cryptocurrency investor today.
Plus, an explanation of why this crash is happening now, and what might happen next, from New York Magazine business and economics reporter Kevin Dugan.
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Today in History: June 21
1919: In what has become known as « Bloody Saturday », mounted police charge and fire on a group of participants in the five-week-long Winnipeg General Strike. Two strikers were killed and 20 were injured. The strike was called off five days later.
1948: The world’s first modern computer – which used cathode ray tubes – runs its first program at the University of Manchester in England. The baby, as it was nicknamed, was six meters long, weighed half a ton and could only store 32 words.
1957: Ellen Fairclough becomes Canada’s first female cabinet minister when Prime Minister John Diefenbaker’s new government is sworn in. Fairclough is appointed Secretary of State of Canada.
1982: A jury in Washington, DC, finds John Hinckley Jr. not guilty by reason of insanity in the assassination of US President Reagan and three others in March 1981.