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Defence Minister Anita Anand holds a media availability on Parliament Hill in December 2022 on her report to Parliament on culture change reforms at the Canadian Armed Forces. It’s the latest of many pledges to reform the CAF’s culture. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

What’s taking Canada’s Armed Forces so long to tackle sexual misconduct?

Sexual violence in the Canadian Armed Forces is a common, dominant and serious issue that can have severe consequences for victims. Why is the military so slow to seriously address it?
Few cases of sexual assault by police are investigated by Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit, and fewer result in a conviction. (Shutterstock)

Convictions remain rare when police are accused of sexual assault

Sexual violence by police is more common than many might think. Failing to fully investigate can have a chilling effect on what is already the most underreported violent crime in Canada.
Minister of Justice David Lametti participates in an Ottawa news conference in June 2022 on proposed amendments to the Criminal Code in response to a Supreme Court of Canada decision involving a defence of extreme intoxication. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

What Parliament refused to hear about Canada’s new extreme intoxication law

More than a dozen women’s organizations pleaded with the federal government to slow down and treat their concerns seriously about Bill C-28. It didn’t listen.
Andrea Skinner, Interim Chair of the Board of Directors, Hockey Canada appeared as a witness at a House of Commons Committee on Canadian Heritage in Ottawa on Oct. 4, 2022. Skinner resigned on Oct. 8. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Hockey Canada in overtime: The troubled organization’s next moves will determine its future

The future of Hockey Canada as an organization is uncertain as its board of directors resigns. However, any future steps must ensure the accountability of the board and the safety of all players.
Parliamentary hearings into Hockey Canada’s handling of sexual assault allegations against the 2018 world junior team left more questions than answers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Fixing the problems at Hockey Canada will be difficult without leadership changes

Hockey Canada has fallen short of its mission to ‘Lead, Develop and Promote Positive Hockey Experiences’ in its handling of sexual violence perpetrated by and against Hockey Canada players.

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