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Hockey Violence on Trial in Canada

June 16, 2009

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Victoria, BC

On the heels of a high school rugby player convicted of manslaughter last month in the 2007 death of Manny Castillo in Ontario, Canada (http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2009/05/28/castillo-guilty.html), the trial began today of a hockey player charged with assault causing bodily harm.

Robin Gomez of the Victoria Salmon Kings surprised an unsuspecting Chris Ferraro with a hard punch to the face during a minor professional hockey league game last year.  Ferraro hit his head on the ice, was concussed and required eight stitches.

It is yet another in a long line of civil and criminal cases plaguing hockey violence in Canada.  We’ll stay on top of this suit.

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Lawsuit Sparks Search and Rescue Teams to Suspend Service

June 16, 2009

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In response to the lawsuit launched (and blogged here on May 9) against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, and Golden and District Search and Rescue for failing to competently initiate a search and rescue (SAR) operation, three SAR teams suspended service. 

The lawsuit is the first of its kind in Canada and has SAR unpaid professionals (volunteers) on edge and government bureaucrats scrambling for a solution.  Officials insist the public is not at risk because of the service withdrawals.

This is going to get messy.  Stay tuned.

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