Quitting is ‘not enough’ to change Canadian hockey: former Olympic athlete, MP – National

Andrea Skinner resign from her position as Canadian HockeyAccording to former Canadian Olympic skier Allison Forsyth, “certainly not enough” to make a difference at the scandalous national sports body.

“It’s time for more change,” she said The Roy Green Show. “She is too far away from the actual impact of what happened. The leaders who make the daily decisions are the ones who need to leave, too. “

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Before Skinner’s departure on Saturday, she held the post for two months before her predecessor, Michael Brind’Amour, stepped down in early August, ahead of her term this fall.

After his departure, no other senior positions, including CEO Scott Smith, followed as they continued to work for Hockey Canada.

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Forsyth, a two-time Olympic athlete, alleges she was sexually abused by Alpine Canada coach Bertrand Charest in 1997 and 1998. Charest was sentenced to 12 years in prison for repeated pornography with the skier. young under his tutelage in the 1990s.

Upon appeal, the Quebec Court of Appeal dropped 21 of the 37 charges against him and reduced his sentence to 57 months, from the date of conviction.

Charest has since been fully pardoned and Forsyth is taking a lawsuit against Alpine Canada over the matter.

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Now, Forsyth sees a nationwide systemic problem in national sports organizations.

“We have a big problem in this country,” she said. “Every sport has a problem with normalizing behaviors.”

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Anthony Housefather, Liberal MP, attorney and member of the congressional legacy committee involved in Skinner’s interrogation, also believes her resignation will bring no change for Canadian Hockey, although he was not surprised by her decision to leave.

Skinner was pressed by MPs when she appeared before the standing committee on Canadian heritage in Ottawa last week, where she said hockey should not be seen as a “scapegoat” for the culture that exists in Canada. elsewhere in society.

She also affirmed that there is no need for more leadership changes at this time.

“We believe it is in the best interest of Hockey Canada and for all participants that the leadership of the organization remains stable,” she said.

Andrea Skinner, Interim Chair of the Board of Directors, Hockey Canada, is featured on ParlVU as she appears as a witness at the House Committee on Canadian Heritage on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday Tuesday, October 4, 2022.

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“Andrea Skinner, as her testimony shows, almost became an advocate for Canadian hockey,” said Housefather. The Roy Green Shownoted that the position the organization took in the hearings appeared “somewhat illusory.”

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“I think they ended up seeing her as a liability,” he said, calling her departure a “symbolic resignation.”

According to Housefather, the national sports body needs to enact a culture that includes a zero-tolerance policy on sexual misconduct and if not acted upon soon, they will feel “uncountable shame”.

“I don’t think they have much time left,” he said, noting that even though Skinner has left, management issues still matter.

“It’s the management there and what they’ve been doing over the last few years, which seems to be a huge sense of vested interest in regulating a ‘boys will be boys’ culture and we let’s repay everyone,’ ‘Housefather said.

And, it’s not just Canadian Hockey that has problems, according to Housefather.

“There are big problems in other leagues,” he said, noting that the heritage committee has expanded their study of Canadian Hockey to begin to address other sports.

Congressman Sebastien Lemire Bloc-Quebecois, who also sits on the standing committee, said Skinner made the right decision in resigning.

Lemire tweeted in French on Sunday that “for the sake of all” Hockey Canada must continue to clean the house.

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Since May, Canadian hockey has come under intense scrutiny, after it was reported that an undisclosed settlement was paid to an alleged woman in a 3.55 lawsuit. million dollars she was sexually assaulted by eight players – including members of the county’s world youth team – in London, Ont., in 2018.

It also came to light that the organization kept a fund maintained in part by minor hockey subscription fees to pay for uninsured liabilities, including assault claims and sexual abuse.

Since 1989, Hockey Canada has paid out $7.6 million in nine settlements related to sexual assault and abuse claims, excluding this year’s payment to London plaintiffs, the Organization officials testified on Capitol Hill in July.

Various governing bodies including Hockey New Brunswick, the Ontario Hockey League, Hockey Quebec and Hockey Nova Scotia have severed ties with the association.

The federal government also froze funding for Canadian Hockey in June.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also said the government could step in and allow a new national body to replace the scandal-plagued association.

Meanwhile, a growing list of top sponsors including Nike, Telus Corp., Scotiabank, Tim Hortons and Canadian Tire Corp., have also garnered their support in recent times.

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“Recent events” made it clear to Skinner that “her continuation with the organization is no longer justified,” according to a statement released Saturday.

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Hockey Canada’s board of directors said it wished Skinner well and thanked her for her “service.”

“We will continue to meet over the weekend to discuss other changes and reforms to the organization,” it said.

– With files from the Canadian Press

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