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Before Hockey Canada faced scrutiny for using player registration fees to settle sexual assault claims, it was asked to be more transparent about its finances, and not to keep its records from the public.

The Canadian Olympic Committee was mounting a push last year to improve the accountability of national sports organizations, which collect money from participants, receive funding from the government, and are given tax-free status. It wanted each of them to start disclosing their audited financial statements.

But Hockey Canada wasn’t interested. In its view, being too transparent about its financials would only lead to problems. It didn’t want people knowing how rich it was.

A Hockey Canada logo is shown on the jersey of a player with Canada’s national junior team during a training camp practice in Calgary, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022.Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press

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Former Ottawa police chief Peter Sloly denies looking for a scapegoat as convoy protests spiralled out of control

Former Ottawa police chief Peter Sloly denied that he was hostile with subordinates and searched for a scapegoat while his force scrambled to respond to last winter’s convoy protests, and told the Emergencies Act inquiry that racism undermined his leadership.

Under cross examination at the Public Order Emergency Commission yesterday, Sloly denied threatening to “cut off” a police officer’s genitals; denied trying to find a scapegoat for his force’s failed response; denied saying there was a conspiracy against him; and denied consulting on police tactics with a crisis communications company.

The inquiry, led by Justice Paul Rouleau, is tasked with determining whether the federal government erred in invoking the Emergencies Act in response to anti-government, anti-vaccine mandate protests.

Indigenous inmates held in segregation at higher rates

Three years after Ottawa implemented legislation intended to abolish solitary confinement, vestiges of the practice – defined as torture by the United Nations – persist in federal prisons, according to an oversight panel.

Chaired by former federal correctional investigator Howard Sapers, the nine-member panel studied how well the penitentiary system is conforming with new laws that grant prisoners who have been placed in isolation units more human contact and more time outside their cells.

It found that Indigenous peoples are vastly overrepresented in new isolation cells, known as Structured Intervention Units, which were created after the new laws were passed. And it also found that isolated prisoners routinely get less than four hours of time outside their cells the minimum mandated in legislation.

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Also on our radar

Kyiv residents carry on despite daily hardships: Regular power cuts, constant air raid sirens and renewed fears about Russian missile attacks. This is life in Kyiv. Ukraine was rocked by another series of strikes yesterday that damaged 18 power stations, including one in the capital that supplies electricity to 350,000 apartments. In the past three weeks, Russia has been concentrating its attacks on Ukraine’s power, water and heating services.

Ontario to legislate contract on education workers: Ontario’s education support staff plan to walk off the job on Friday in defiance of a bill introduced by the provincial government that would impose a contract and ban their right to a legal strike.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro mum after election loss: In Brazil’s capital yesterday, the silence was deafening. Nearly a full day after President Jair Bolsonaro lost his bid for re-election, the usually brash right-wing leader had neither conceded defeat nor challenged the results of the country’s closest political contest in more than three decades.

Musk floats paid Twitter verification, fires board: Elon Musk, Twitter’s new owner, fired the company’s board of directors and made himself the board’s sole member, according to a company filing yesterday. He’s also testing the waters on asking users to pay for verification.

Business groups call for action on credit-card swipe fees: Business groups are calling on the federal government to take action on credit-card swipe fees, saying it has dragged its feet on promises to lower them. Ahead of the government’s release of its fall economic statement on Thursday, some business associations say action on this front is long overdue and businesses are unable to absorb the costs as credit-card use rises.

Image shows spectacular aftermath of star’s explosive death: The aftermath of a large star’s explosive death is seen in an image released yesterday by the European Southern Observatory, showing immense filaments of brightly shining gas that was blasted into space during the supernova.


Morning markets

Europe gains: European stocks rose in early trading on Tuesday, supported by speculation among investors that central banks could come to the end of their rate-hiking cycles. Just before 6 a.m. ET, Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.91 per cent. Germany’s DAX and France’s CAC 40 were up 0.90 per cent and 1.61 per cent, respectively. In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei finished 0.33-per-cent higher. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng jumped 5.23 per cent. New York futures were positive. The Canadian dollar was up at 73.78 US cents.

What everyone’s talking about

Paul Kershaw: “Amid all the talk of inflation these days, it’s easy to forget that a generation of young Canadians are shut out of home ownership in part because Statistics Canada failed to sound the alarm over rising housing prices decades ago.”

Cathal Kelly: “Whoever is coaching the Leafs by the weekend, they have my sympathy. It’s not completely their fault, but in this town, they will always take 100 per cent of the blame.”

Today’s editorial cartoon

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Living better

How much does diet matter in dementia risk?

The Mediterranean diet is considered a gold standard eating pattern thanks to the numerous health benefits associated with it. Many studies have also suggested that a Mediterranean-style diet helps guard against cognitive decline and dementia. Now, new study findings cast doubts about the diet’s potential cognitive benefits.

Moment in time: Nov. 1, 1946

Advertisement for upcoming basketball game between the Toronto Huskies and the New York Knickerbockers to be held Friday, Nov. 1, 1946 in Toronto.NBA

Maple Leaf Gardens hosts first NBA games

Thrills. Spills. Action. Speed. Those were the words used in newspaper advertisements to lure fans to Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens for the first official game ever staged by the Basketball Association of America, which less than three years later would rebrand itself as the NBA. Unfortunately for the fledgling league of 11 teams, the debut would be an inauspicious one. Although basketball had been invented by a Canadian, James Naismith, just over five decades before, this was a country enamoured with contact sports like hockey. The 7,090 spectators who showed up to watch the Toronto Huskies face the New York Knickerbockers seemed impressed mainly by one of the referees, Pat Kennedy, whose frequent whistles and colourful shouting and gesticulations created an uproar. Toronto’s coach and star player, Ed Sadowski, was ejected in the third quarter after several personal fouls, and New York won, 68-66. Attendance at Huskies games dwindled throughout the rest of the inaugural season and the team tied for last in its division, causing its financial backers to shut down the club before the next season’s start. Nearly five decades would pass before the next NBA home game in Toronto. Steve Kupferman

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