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A Hockey Canada document is reviewed by a member of Parliament during a House of Commons Committee on Canadian Heritage looking into safe sport in Canada on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Oct. 4, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

To clean up Hockey Canada, financial transparency is a must

Transparency in financial disclosure is a crucial part of ethical, responsible governance. Unless Hockey Canada prioritizes financial transparency, any attempts at reform will fall short.
Culture change is more multifaceted than recent conversations about Hockey Canada might suggest. It’s a complex process, not a readily packaged product or an easily revised strategic plan. (Shutterstock)

Culture change at Hockey Canada is about more than replacing those in charge

There have been calls for a culture change at Hockey Canada in the wake of sexual abuse allegations. But what does that mean? And how do organizations change their culture?
In the wake of sexual abuse allegations, Hockey Canada acknowledged it failed to “end the culture of toxic behavior” but grossly misunderstood and miscalculated the depth and breadth of the problem. (Shutterstock)

Hockey Canada scandal highlights toxic masculinity in sports

Sexual abuse allegations in Canadian hockey reveal the toxic masculinity that has permeated across sport culture.
The Canadian women’s hockey team has received little financial support from Hockey Canada despite winning several international competitions. (Shutterstock)

Hockey Canada must stop treating women’s and para hockey like an afterthought

Canadian women’s and para hockey have long been woefully underfunded. Management changes at Hockey Canada are an opportunity to correct the unequal way the game is supported.
Team Canada’s Paul Henderson shoots on Team U.S.S.R.‘s Vladislav Tretiak while Gannady Tsygankov defends during the 1972 Summit tournament in Toronto on Sept. 4, 1972. The Canadian Press/Peter Bregg

Canada is still haunted by the legacy of the 1972 Summit Series

Fifty years later, the Summit Series still occupies a heightened role in the Canadian cultural consciousness.
There’s a void of responsible leadership at Hockey Canada and other scandal-plagued organizations. Governments can’t fix those systemic problems. (Shutterstock)

Boards of directors, not governments, must prevent scandals like Hockey Canada’s

Good board governance starts with understanding the mandate and role of the board and then follows through with structure, robust processes and practices.
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.
People have come forward in highly publicized stories speaking to experiences of sexism, sexual violence and silencing at the hands of hockey players and teams. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Showered in sexism: Hockey culture needs a reckoning

We need to question how gender is understood, constructed and performed by hockey players, teams, coaches and organizations to truly change the culture.
Team Canada celebrates their gold medal win after defeating the United States at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Rewriting the rule books: ensuring gender equity in Canadian hockey

True gender equity in sport is not simply a matter of paying lip service to equal rights and opportunities. It involves interrogating outdated assumptions and being open to rewriting the rule book.
The Chicago Blackhawks are currently being sued by a former player who is accusing an assistant coach of sexual assault in 2010, at the time the team largely ignored the allegations. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

From the Chicago Blackhawks to Washington’s football team, there’s an urgent need for more accountability in pro sports

Incidents of sexual misconduct, and how they have been handled, highlight the lack of accountability in professional sports, and the problems that this situation creates.
Canada’s Sarah Fillier celebrates her goal during overtime play of a women’s hockey game against the United States in a pre-Olympic Games series in October 2021. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

CBC commitment to men’s hockey: At best a missed opportunity for women’s, at worst a slap in the face

The audience for women’s professional hockey is waiting to be recognized and realized by the same energy and commitment broadcasters devote to men’s hockey.
Men in a league of senior hockey players show more concern about each other than the score of the game. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

For the love of the game: What old men’s hockey can teach young players

Canadians love hockey and many play the sport well into their senior years. A researcher who spent time with a Silver Skaters league found their unique love of the game could help younger players.
Male pileated woodpecker. FotoRequest/Shutterstock.com

How do woodpeckers avoid brain injury?

Pecking holes in a solid wood tree trunk would give you a headache, if not serious brain damage. What special assets allow a woodpecker to do it?
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes celebrates after his team won the NFL divisional playoff football game against the Houston Texans on Jan. 12, 2020. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

How sports fans respond to their teams’ wavering odds of winning

Watching the chances of victory change injects life into sports, both real and fantasy.

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