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Victor Mete says he "only learned of the situation recently through media reports."
If the law firm hired by Hockey Canada truly conducted an exhaustive investigation of sexual assault allegations, why wasn鈥檛 Mete contacted & interviewed four years ago?
Replying to @rwesthead
I've talked to investigators who do this work regularly. It would be routine to interview all players, coaches and staff, even those who were not in London, to ask about subsequent conversations and whether there were group chats, text messages, shared pics and videos, etc.
 
Victor Mete says he "only learned of the situation recently through media reports."
If the law firm hired by Hockey Canada truly conducted an exhaustive investigation of sexual assault allegations, why wasn鈥檛 Mete contacted & interviewed four years ago?
Here is my statement regarding the ongoing Hockey Canada investigation: pic.twitter.com/bE3WnuxyLU
 
Happy Canada Day from my favourite place. Fish are biting. 馃崄馃嚚馃嚘
 
MP Kevin Waugh told me today that since Hockey Canada execs testified 10 days ago, he's been contacted by 3 people who haven't shared their stories before now who say they were sexually assaulted in connection with hockey.
Waugh: "No doubt there will be more."
@KevinWaugh_CPC
 
Rick Westhead Retweeted 路  
Here is my statement regarding the ongoing Hockey Canada investigation:
 
Happy Canada Day 馃嚚馃嚘 weekend to everyone... and especially to Leo Colaiacovo and family.
So happy that you are finished with chemo and moving forward with life! 鉂わ笍鉂わ笍
鉁岎煆紀ut chemo!
After 3+ years & over 1000 doses of chemo, we are elated to share that our brave & 馃挭 son, Leo, has finally finished his chemotherapy treatments for Leukemia & we are incredibly proud of him!! Thank you to everyone for your 鉂わ笍 & support. We are forever grateful 馃檹 pic.twitter.com/Gus7iVBNK7
 
Rick Westhead Retweeted 路  
Tim Hortons is suspending its support of the World Juniors and plans to re-evaluate its sponsorship of Hockey Canada, as the organization faces growing backlash from corporate partners over its payment to settle sexual-assault allegations

theglobeandmail.com/canada/article鈥
Tim Hortons suspending World Juniors sponsorship over sexual assault allegations
theglobeandmail.com
 
Hearing agent for one player on Canada's 2018 World Jrs team who attended London gala hired a criminal lawyer days after incident.
Criminal lawyer allegedly spoke to London Crown Attny as part of investigation & wrote report that purports to exonerate player.
(Report not public.)
Replying to @rwesthead
Also connected with MP who expects Hockey Canada execs will be required explain in more detail why HC settled the sexual assault lawsuit on behalf of all defendants, inc. John Does 1-8. MP: "If you don't know the identities of the players, why would you let them off the hook?"
 
Hearing agent for one player on Canada's 2018 World Jrs team who attended London gala hired a criminal lawyer days after incident.
Criminal lawyer allegedly spoke to London Crown Attny as part of investigation & wrote report that purports to exonerate player.
(Report not public.)
 
Rick Westhead Retweeted 路  
UPDATE: Have heard back from Canadian Tire Corporation. According to statement they are "immediately withdrawing its sponsorship support for the upcoming World Juniors and is re-evaluating its relationship with Hockey Canada."
 
Rick Westhead Retweeted 路  
A Muslim man won the Stanley Cup. I wrote about it because it matters to my community - and many other communities like mine. My latest for @cbcsports. cbc.ca/sports/nazem-k鈥
OPINION | When Nazem Kadri hoisted the Stanley Cup, he lifted a whole community along with it | CBC Sports
cbc.ca
 
NHL players skated in the playoffs w/ fractures, sprains, muscle tears, meniscus injuries, torn hip flexors, separated shoulders & sprained necks.
One agent: 鈥淪ome clubs couldn鈥檛 have iced a team without Toradol & painkillers.鈥
Are long-term health risks of meds being disclosed?
 
Rick Westhead Retweeted 路  
Scotiabank has paused its Hockey Canada sponsorship and canceled its marketing and events at the upcoming World Juniors as a federal government committee continues to scrutinize its response to a 2018 sexual assault allegation.

Story from @rwesthead: tsn.ca/1.1818526
 
Rick Westhead Retweeted 路  
NEWS: Scotiabank is pausing its sponsorship with Hockey Canada until the organization takes certain steps "to improve the culture within the sport - both on and off the ice," according to letter to open letter from President CEO Brian J. Porter
 
Toradol is a helluva drug.
"When the injury report comes out, you guys are going to be shocked."

An emotional Pat Maroon talks about the sting of the @TBLightning loss, the team playing through injuries, what all the team has accomplished and more. #GoBolts pic.twitter.com/md2HfuNxWP
 
Alphonso Davies was recently declared Canada's most marketable athlete in a study and in the past weeks, he's renewed his contract with Nike, signed a new deal with BMO, and is now negotiating with companies in the NFT and credit-card sectors.
Davies is in demand.
Canadian men鈥檚 national soccer team player Alphonso Davies has signed a five-year sponsorship with Bank of Montreal, giving the bank a tie to one of Canada鈥檚 most recognizable young sports superstars.

Story from @rwesthead: tsn.ca/1.1818298 pic.twitter.com/JfQri8orbF
 
In reply to @rwesthead
Gymnastics Canada CEO Ian Moss wrote in an Aug 2020 email to a govt official he was concerned 鈥渢here could, very soon, be a wave of historic athlete complaints鈥here is an outpouring of concern and support and a new level of 鈥榖ravery鈥 within the retired athlete community...鈥 pic.twitter.com/7H3xf3NFSf
Replying to @rwesthead
"The irony of all this is that the more an NSO like GymCan [is] successful in investigating and implementing sanctions for abuse...the more we become liable for class actions suits from the victims..." Gymnastics Canada CEO Ian Moss in an April 2021 email to Sport Canada.
 
In reply to @rwesthead
Swimming Canada CEO Ahmed El-Awadi in a 2019 email to colleagues: 鈥淲e are now receiving info from 10-30 years ago that would fall into criminal category鈥 but Canadian police depts 鈥渃aught off guard and very hesitant鈥 to open criminal investigations of historical cases. pic.twitter.com/orDpx7At6T
Replying to @rwesthead
El-Awadi: 鈥淚 cannot go into details but it has been very difficult when we take victims to police or file on their behalf. If it didn鈥檛 happen recently, police have pushed back very hard鈥 am seeing the victims feeling victimized again鈥︹
 
In reply to @rwesthead
Gymnastics Canada CEO Ian Moss wrote in an Aug 2020 email to a govt official he was concerned 鈥渢here could, very soon, be a wave of historic athlete complaints鈥here is an outpouring of concern and support and a new level of 鈥榖ravery鈥 within the retired athlete community...鈥 pic.twitter.com/7H3xf3NFSf
Replying to @rwesthead
Swimming Canada CEO Ahmed El-Awadi in a 2019 email to colleagues: 鈥淲e are now receiving info from 10-30 years ago that would fall into criminal category鈥 but Canadian police depts 鈥渃aught off guard and very hesitant鈥 to open criminal investigations of historical cases.
 
In reply to @rwesthead
Gymnastics Canada CEO Ian Moss wrote in an Aug 2020 email to a govt official he was concerned 鈥渢here could, very soon, be a wave of historic athlete complaints鈥here is an outpouring of concern and support and a new level of 鈥榖ravery鈥 within the retired athlete community...鈥 pic.twitter.com/7H3xf3NFSf
Replying to @rwesthead
Sport Canada DG Vicki Walker's response to Moss:
 
In reply to @rwesthead
Gymnastics Canada CEO Ian Moss wrote in an Aug 2020 email to a govt official he was concerned 鈥渢here could, very soon, be a wave of historic athlete complaints鈥here is an outpouring of concern and support and a new level of 鈥榖ravery鈥 within the retired athlete community...鈥
 
Have been reviewing govt documents/emails related to athlete abuse obtained via Canada鈥檚 Access to Information legislation. Many reporting leads and some correspondence that caught my eye.
 
In reply to @rwesthead
One player agent who reps an NHL player who was on Canada's 2018 World Juniors team told me he's consulting a criminal lawyer & expects NHL to compel players to cooperate, even those who weren't in London who could shed light on whether there was a group chat/texts/pic sharing.
Replying to @rwesthead
The NHLPA is expected as soon as next week to brief player agents with clients who were on Canada's 2018 World Juniors team about the scope of the NHL's investigation into the alleged sexual assault.
 
In reply to @rwesthead
I also spoke today with MPs and govt officials who want answers from Hockey Canada and asked them how they will address calls for accountability in other sports facing abuse allegations such as soccer, gymnastics, artistic swimming, bobsleigh, and wrestling. Will keep asking.
Replying to @rwesthead
One player agent who reps an NHL player who was on Canada's 2018 World Juniors team told me he's consulting a criminal lawyer & expects NHL to compel players to cooperate, even those who weren't in London who could shed light on whether there was a group chat/texts/pic sharing.
 
An internal investigation reported Iowa State's hockey team hazed new members by requiring alcohol abuse, underage drinking, or public humiliation at team events.
The Iowa State Hockey Club was suspended from operations for the upcoming 2022-23 season following an internal investigation of the program. The investigation started in May because of hazing allegations. bit.ly/3OGWcAB
 
In reply to @rwesthead
MP John Nater: "Hockey Canada says this has not been swept under the rug, but it has been. It's been kept quiet for four years... After these hearings in July, there is nothing stopping the committee from scheduling meetings later in summer or in the fall as well."
Replying to @rwesthead
I also spoke today with MPs and govt officials who want answers from Hockey Canada and asked them how they will address calls for accountability in other sports facing abuse allegations such as soccer, gymnastics, artistic swimming, bobsleigh, and wrestling. Will keep asking.
 
MP Peter Julian: "The testimony we heard from Hockey Canada was pathetic and we wanted to get right back to this important issue. Hockey Canada this week somehow seemed proud of an investigation in which half or three quarters of the team chose not to cooperate."
Replying to @rwesthead
MP John Nater: "Hockey Canada says this has not been swept under the rug, but it has been. It's been kept quiet for four years... After these hearings in July, there is nothing stopping the committee from scheduling meetings later in summer or in the fall as well."
 
MP Peter Julian: "The testimony we heard from Hockey Canada was pathetic and we wanted to get right back to this important issue. Hockey Canada this week somehow seemed proud of an investigation in which half or three quarters of the team chose not to cooperate."
The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage will convene hearings on July 27 and 28 to further scrutinize Hockey Canada鈥檚 response a 2018 sexual assault allegation, the parliamentary committee said on Thursday.

Full story from @rwesthead: tsn.ca/1.1816813 pic.twitter.com/uIjDWNf8hm
 
In reply to @rwesthead
New: The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage will convene summer hearings to investigate Hockey Canada. Committee will meet July 26 & 27 and will invite Hockey Canada, Henein Hutchinson investigators and Sport Minister Pascale St-Onge to testify.
Replying to @rwesthead
Committee will subpoena Hockey Canada's former Sr VP of insurance Glen McCurdie; Barry Lorenzetti, pres of insurance company BFL Canada; and Sport Canada executive Nicole Mulligan. Committee also wants redacted copies of settlement agreement, NDA &HC's comms with teams & players.
 
In reply to @rwesthead
"We recognize that as leaders we need to do more..." Hockey Canada releases a statement today, a day after Sport Minister Pascale St-Onge announced the federation's funding will be frozen until it meets certain conditions. Hockey Canada statement: pic.twitter.com/2kU4NtIPSi
Replying to @rwesthead
New: The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage will convene summer hearings to investigate Hockey Canada. Committee will meet July 26 & 27 and will invite Hockey Canada, Henein Hutchinson investigators and Sport Minister Pascale St-Onge to testify.
 
In reply to @rwesthead
Among the questions one MP told me need to be answered by Hockey Canada or Henein Hutchinson investigators: *Were player interviews recorded? *What specific questions were asked of players? *Was there an attempt to obtain CCTV footage from the Delta London Armouries Hotel?
Replying to @rwesthead
"We recognize that as leaders we need to do more..." Hockey Canada releases a statement today, a day after Sport Minister Pascale St-Onge announced the federation's funding will be frozen until it meets certain conditions. Hockey Canada statement:
 
We've submitted our first feature-length documentary for consideration to @TIFF_NET.
Friends and colleagues at @TSN_Sports and @CTVW5 have been so committed to this over the past 5 years and it has been a heavy lift. We're hopeful for September.馃
 
Rick Westhead Retweeted 路  
London, Ontario's Shaedon Sharpe is something of a mystery, because he's doing something very few players have ever done - going to the NBA having never played in college.

But, as Rick Westhead explains, his path to this point has never been a straight line.
 
In reply to @rwesthead
The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage agreed during a private meeting tonight to extend its study into how Hockey Canada has managed abuse complaints, a source tells me. Expect hearings this fall to also scrutinize other national sports organizations.
Replying to @rwesthead
Among the questions one MP told me need to be answered by Hockey Canada or Henein Hutchinson investigators: *Were player interviews recorded? *What specific questions were asked of players? *Was there an attempt to obtain CCTV footage from the Delta London Armouries Hotel?
 
In reply to @rwesthead
Canada's House of Commons has unanimously approved a motion from Bloc Quebecois MP Sebastien Lemire to pursue an independent investigation of how Hockey Canada managed sexual assault allegations in June 2018.
Replying to @rwesthead
The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage agreed during a private meeting tonight to extend its study into how Hockey Canada has managed abuse complaints, a source tells me. Expect hearings this fall to also scrutinize other national sports organizations.
 
In reply to @rwesthead
Several MPs said that they also want information about how many abuse complaints are received and investigated by provincial hockey federations across Canada. I expect Hockey Canada will be a topic of discussion again today during question period.
Replying to @rwesthead
Canada's House of Commons has unanimously approved a motion from Bloc Quebecois MP Sebastien Lemire to pursue an independent investigation of how Hockey Canada managed sexual assault allegations in June 2018.
 
Enjoyed getting to know Shaedon and his family over the past few months. Terrific work on this story from @TSNMattCade, @CurryLeamen, @TSNCraig, Jacob Frenkel and Martin Luud.
High school 鉃★笍 NBA.

馃嚚馃嚘 Shaedon Sharpe is a 'Mystery Man' ahead of the NBA Draft.

Tonight on @SportsCentre. pic.twitter.com/0R3P4rUFpL
 
In reply to @rwesthead
The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage is also scheduled to meet in private in Ottawa Wednesday afternoon to discuss holding additional public hearings and demanding evidence from Hockey Canada about the federation鈥檚 oversight of sexual abuse complaints and investigations.
Replying to @rwesthead
Several MPs said that they also want information about how many abuse complaints are received and investigated by provincial hockey federations across Canada. I expect Hockey Canada will be a topic of discussion again today during question period.
 
In reply to @rwesthead
Hockey Canada recently applied for $2.2 million in federal money to help with the organization鈥檚 recovery from COVID-19, St-Onge told me. That money will not be paid out until the government鈥檚 conditions are met.
Replying to @rwesthead
The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage is also scheduled to meet in private in Ottawa Wednesday afternoon to discuss holding additional public hearings and demanding evidence from Hockey Canada about the federation鈥檚 oversight of sexual abuse complaints and investigations.
 
Sport Minister Pascale St-Onge: 鈥淭his is about changing a deeply entrenched culture, it鈥檚 not about simple Band-Aid solutions... I am going to use all the tools at my disposal to make sure that people are held accountable for what鈥檚 happening in hockey.鈥
Replying to @rwesthead
Hockey Canada recently applied for $2.2 million in federal money to help with the organization鈥檚 recovery from COVID-19, St-Onge told me. That money will not be paid out until the government鈥檚 conditions are met.
 
Sport Minister Pascale St-Onge: 鈥淭his is about changing a deeply entrenched culture, it鈥檚 not about simple Band-Aid solutions... I am going to use all the tools at my disposal to make sure that people are held accountable for what鈥檚 happening in hockey.鈥
The federal government is freezing Hockey Canada鈥檚 funding until the organization signs up with a new federal agency that has the power to receive and investigate abuse complaints and issue sanctions for inappropriate behaviour.

Story from @rwesthead: tsn.ca/1.1816169 pic.twitter.com/QZwRuYnx27
 
I connected with several MPs after Monday's hearing who said they want more info from Hockey Canada about its other sexual assault investigations.
One MP was angry there's an NDA in this case, which may bar the complainant from speaking with NHL investigators if she wanted to.
Replying to @rwesthead
PM Justin Trudeau in Parliament today: "... We have continually stood up to... sexual misconduct and harassment at workplace across the country. Hockey Canada is no different. We want to get to the bottom of this and all options are being considered to determine the next steps."
 
I connected with several MPs after Monday's hearing who said they want more info from Hockey Canada about its other sexual assault investigations.
One MP was angry there's an NDA in this case, which may bar the complainant from speaking with NHL investigators if she wanted to.
Hockey Canada says players weren鈥檛 required to participate in assault investigation.

@rwesthead HAS MORE: tsn.ca/rick-westhead-鈥 pic.twitter.com/prXvL1mzrY
 
In reply to @rwesthead
MP John Nater says there has been no accountability in this case. Nater: "No one lost the privilege of wearing the maple leaf...every player who was in London should have been mandated to participate in the investigation... or no longer be affiliated with [Hockey Canada]."
Replying to @rwesthead
Sport Minister Pascale St-Onge testifies that 2 days before our story was published revealing allegations in this case, Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney called & told her the case had been settled and there was an NDA. More tonight on @SportsCentre @TSNHockey and @CTVNationalNews
 
In reply to @rwesthead
The choice of language here is interesting and brings to mind these comments by Hockey Canada when I asked about NDAs last year. twitter.com/rwesthead/stat鈥
Replying to @rwesthead
MP John Nater says there has been no accountability in this case. Nater: "No one lost the privilege of wearing the maple leaf...every player who was in London should have been mandated to participate in the investigation... or no longer be affiliated with [Hockey Canada]."
 
In reply to @rwesthead
MP asks if there an NDA exists in connection with settling the sexual abuse lawsuit. Smith: "The minutes of settlement are covered under settlement privilege."
Replying to @rwesthead
The choice of language here is interesting and brings to mind these comments by Hockey Canada when I asked about NDAs last year. twitter.com/rwesthead/stat鈥
In reply to @rwesthead
Hockey Canada's Dominick Saillant told me in Nov that victims who settle abuse lawsuits are 鈥渃ertainly free to discuss their individual circumstances鈥 although they are 鈥済eneral limited鈥 from making public financial terms of settlements. Unclear if there's an NDA in this case.
 
In reply to @rwesthead
Hockey Canada's Scott Smith says London police advised it closed criminal investigation in Feb 2019. HC was told during summer 2019 by woman's attorney that she may offer a written statement. "She never followed through on that," Smith said. HC closed investigation in Sept 2020.
Replying to @rwesthead
MP asks if there an NDA exists in connection with settling the sexual abuse lawsuit. Smith: "The minutes of settlement are covered under settlement privilege."
 
In reply to @rwesthead
Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney is asked if the eight players allegedly involved should be known and identified. Renney: "We are certainly paying very close attention to the young woman and her wishes."
Replying to @rwesthead
Hockey Canada's Scott Smith says London police advised it closed criminal investigation in Feb 2019. HC was told during summer 2019 by woman's attorney that she may offer a written statement. "She never followed through on that," Smith said. HC closed investigation in Sept 2020.
 
In reply to @rwesthead
An hour in and no one yet has asked if the woman who filed this lawsuit is bound by a non-disclosure agreement as a condition of settling this case. A bit surprising.
Replying to @rwesthead
Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney is asked if the eight players allegedly involved should be known and identified. Renney: "We are certainly paying very close attention to the young woman and her wishes."
 
In reply to @rwesthead
Liberal MP Anthony Housefather asks how many other allegations of sexual abuse hsve been received by HC in past ten years. HC President Scott Smith says the organization has had one or two cases on an annual basis over the past five or six years.
Replying to @rwesthead
An hour in and no one yet has asked if the woman who filed this lawsuit is bound by a non-disclosure agreement as a condition of settling this case. A bit surprising.
 
 
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