Morning update: Hockey Canada tried to change public discourse on sexual assault fund

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After Hockey Canada was criticized by federal MPs in July for mishandling an investigation into sexual assault allegations and failing to disclose key information during testimony, the organization’s board of directors got together and decided they needed to get the message out to the Canadian public.

The collection of Hockey Canada and its National Equity Fund – a financial reserve built up using player registration fees that the organization used to settle a $3.55 million lawsuit without fully investigating the allegations nor disclosing to parents and players how their money was used – needed to be reframed, the board decided.

But Hockey Canada’s focus on how it was perceived by the public rather than flaws in its handling of the alleged sexual assault drew heavy criticism from MPs at federal hearings in Ottawa yesterday.

A Hockey Canada document is considered by an MP during a House of Commons Canadian Heritage Committee examining safe sport in Canada on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, October 4, 2022.Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

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Canada-US dispute over Nexus causes backlog of applications

Ottawa and Washington are at odds over the popular Nexus trusted travel program that allows citizens of both countries to cross the border faster, leaving several hundred thousand Canadians queuing to have their applications approved.

At issue is a dispute over legal protections for U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers who work at Nexus offices in Canada. The United States wants the same protection for itself as is guaranteed to its preclearance officers at Canadian land crossings and airports under a 2019 binational agreement.

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said yesterday that Ottawa is adamant that US customs officers cannot enjoy the same legal protections at Nexus enrollment centers as they do at Canadian preclearance rooms.

Laurentian University’s Creditor Protection Plan Brings New Life, But Big Challenges Ahead

Janice Liedl, a history professor at Laurentian University for 30 years, can’t help but notice how much her university has changed.

When Laurentian declared insolvency in February 2021, Dr. Liedl kept her job. But his department has disappeared. More than 100 of his tenured colleagues have been fired and dozens of university programs have been cut. The future of the entire university, the hub of Sudbury and northern Ontario, was in doubt.

On September 14 of this year, the university’s creditors voted to approve a plan of arrangement that will settle the university’s debts at a fraction of their value. The result is a relief for the university administration as well as its staff and faculty. Had the vote failed, the university said, its only option would have been to disband.

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Also on our radar

Ukrainian forces continue to gain ground: The Ukrainian army pushes back Russian forces on two battlefields about 400 kilometers apart, retaking lands in eastern and southern Ukraine. Despite Russia’s battlefield losses, President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed laws to formally annex 15% of Ukraine.

Legault rejects electoral reform after his electoral victory: When a reporter asked Francois Legault yesterday about his 2018 promise to reform Quebec’s electoral system – a promise he has since broken – the province’s premier flipped the question. He pointed out that during this year’s election campaign, he made the opposite promise: not to reform the electoral system. This time, he said, he planned to “fulfill that promise.” Legault made the remarks after Monday’s provincial election results reignited controversy over the fairness of Quebec’s first-past-the-post voting procedure.

The studios warn that C-11 could distort the platforms’ movie and TV menus: Major U.S. movie studios, including Netflix, have warned that Bill C-11 could allow Ottawa to meddle in the menu of movies available to Canadians to watch at home. The Motion Picture Association told a Senate committee yesterday that filmmakers are concerned the streaming bill will give the broadcast regulator “the power to micro-regulate” content on their platforms in Canada.

Drought in British Columbia kills thousands of salmon: Evidence of what looks like thousands of dead salmon offers a stark snapshot of a severe drought that has gripped British Columbia. Photos and videos taken at the head of Neekas Cove in Heiltsuk Territory show dozens of dead salmon lying at the bottom of a dry creek bed.

Molecule-building pioneers from the United States and Denmark lay claim to the Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Carolyn Bertozzi from Stanford University, K. Barry Sharpless from Scripps Research and Morten Meldal from the University of Copenhagen will equally share this year’s chemistry prize.

The Yankees star hits the 62nd homer to break the record: New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hit his 62nd home run of the season yesterday, eclipsing Roger Maris’ American League record and setting what some fans consider baseball’s “clean” standard.


Morning markets

Global stocks clung to two-week highs today, although another aggressive rate hike from New Zealand tempered concerns that central banks may be on the verge of slowing the pace of tightening fast money. Oil prices were little changed ahead of an OPEC+ producers’ meeting to discuss a sharp cut in crude output after rising more than 3% in the previous session.

MSCI’s broadest Asia-Pacific ex-Japan equity index rose 2.3%. Japan’s Nikkei closed up 0.48% at 27,120.53 while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.59% to end at 18,087.97.

The broad European STOXX 600 index fell 1%. In early trading, Britain’s FTSE fell 1.13% to 7,006.06, Germany’s DAX fell 0.76% to 12,574.14 and France’s CAC 40 fell 0.64% to 6,001.26.

That left the MSCI World Stock Index up about 0.2%, after hitting its high about two weeks earlier in the session.

The loonie was trading at 73.69 US cents.


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Moment in Time: October 5, 1982

Laurie Skreslet, the first Canadian to summit Mount Everest, on the face of Lhotse, October 1982.Handout

Laurie Skreslet becomes the first Canadian to climb Mount Everest

Mountaineer Laurie Skreslet had been climbing for more than five hours, the weight of a country on her back, two steps from the top of the world – victory in sight – when her foot slipped on the ice. And slipped again. It was 9:30 a.m. local time that day in 1982, and the temperature at the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest at 8,849 meters, was -34°C. For Skreslet, it was the culmination of five years of planning, millions of dollars, and sadly a pursuit that resulted in the deaths of three Nepalese Sherpas and a Canadian cameraman. But Skreslet pushed those things out of her mind. With the help of one of his guides, he climbed this last step – the first Canadian to climb Everest. Together with Sherpas Sungdare and Lakpa Dorje, they sat on top for 33 minutes. The Calgarian, then 32, felt a deep sense of satisfaction. However, due to a camera malfunction, no photo records Skreslet’s exploit. And there was no maple leaf for Everest either. Skreslet had no Canadian flag on him, only an Air Canada crest on his coat. Instead, he left behind a yellow oxygen cylinder, on which he had drawn a happy face. Philip King


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