Calls for senior admin to resign – Hockey Canada
Calls are growing for the resignation of the leadership of Hockey Canada after the organization revealed it’s used millions of dollars in players’ fees to pay settlements involving sexual assault and abuse.
Hockey Canada officials told the Commons Heritage Committee yesterday that nine settlements have been paid out since 1989, costing 7.6-million dollars.
Of that total, 6.8-million was related to settlements involving Graham James, a former junior ice hockey coach who pleaded guilty in 1997 to two counts of sexual assault.
But it does not include the settlement of a 2018 case in which a woman accused members of the junior hockey team of sexual assault.
The co-chair of the committee, Conservative MP John Nater, says it’s clear that new leadership is needed.
Monkeypox numbers in Canada
Canada’s chief public health officer is urging men who have sex with other men to reduce their number of partners and practice safe sex, to help slow the spread of monkeypox.
Doctor Theresa Tam says 99 percent of the 745 cases reported so far in Canada involve men, so targeted public health measures are needed for gay and bisexual men.
About 70 thousand doses of vaccine have been sent to provincial health agencies so far.
The World Health Organization declared the virus a public health emergency of international concern last weekend.
Ukrainian officials say Russia appears to be changing tactics again, five months after the start of its invasion.
They say more Russian forces are being sent into southern regions, along the Black Sea coast apparently to cope with a Ukrainian counter-offensive near the city of Kherson.
They add Russia seems to have switched to “strategic defence” in the eastern Donbas region, attempting to grind down Ukraine’s military capabilities.