Hiller talks Boudreau; NHL resolutions; Peverley cleared to work out (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)

September 19 2014 11:02AM

Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Arrrrrrrrrrrr matey! Happy #TalkLikeAPirateDay ! http://t.co/64nlVBLQLZ pic.twitter.com/c8W1ALBNVq — Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) September 19, 2014 • Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day. • After Teemu Selanne’s book comments  were released on Thursday, Flames goalie Jonas Hiller piled on Bruce Boudreau. “It didn’t end how I wanted there, and I didn’t feel I got his support there 100% at the end of the year.” [ Calgary Sun ] • Fifteen minutes in their first practice, the Flyers lost captain Claude Giroux to a lower-body injury. He's expected to miss two weeks. [ CSN Philly ] • The Royal Half has uncovered the lost texts Teemu Selanne sent during Game 7 against the LA Kings. [ The Royal Half ]  • For the second year in a row, Ryan Whitney has been invited to attend Blues camp on a tryout. [ Blues ] • NHL Network US announced that they channel will be broadcasting 22 preseason games in-between airings of WaxVac and Money Mutual commercials. [ NHL.com ] • Rich Peverley’s comeback has taken a step: he cannot skate just yet, but doctors have cleared him to work out. [ Dallas Morning News ] • Sean McIndoe has some resolutions for the new NHL season, including “Let’s stop making everything about character” and “Let’s let the Great Analytics War die.” [ Grantland ] • The trend among NHL teams toward having more players talented enough for 5-on-5 minutes is growing. [ TSN ] • There are a lot of good vibes surrounding the Islanders as they enter their final season in Nassau Coliseum. Can they take that next step this year? [ The Fourth Period ] • The Panthers aren’t going anywhere says Panthers owner. [ Sun-Sentinel ]  • Good interview with Florence Schelling, bronze medal winning goaltender for Switzerland’s women’s Olympic team. [ In Goal Mag ] • Ticket sales in Denver are down, among the lowest in the NHL, but Avs ownership has committed to spending in order to improve the on-ice product. [ Denver Post ] • Taking a look at some of the weaknesses on the Blackhawks roster. [ The Committed Indian ] • The Coyotes are depending on their youth to help bring some Ws to the table. [ Fox Sports Arizona ]  • Dan Carcillo tells Seth Rorabaugh, “I don't think I've hit my full potential yet.” [ Empty Netters ] • Evander Kane and goaltender are just two of the storylines surrounding the Jets as training camp opens. [ Arctic Ice Hockey ] • Breaking down the new Penguins jersey. [ Hockey by Design ] • The all-advance stats team of the Ovechkin era on the Capitals includes the great Sergei Fedorov and Viktor Kozlov. [ BrooksLaichYear ] • Finally, here’s Jaromir Jagr talking about how he wants to play until he’s 50 because Jaromir Jagr is awesome: 

Police will investigate Mississauga doctor if watchdog complains

September 19 2014 04:00AM

Peel Regional Police say they will investigate a Mississauga doctor disciplined for professional misconduct after sexually abusing more than 10 women if the province’s medical regulatory body complains.

But the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario won’t say whether it will do so.

It’s keeping secret the details of any approach to local police services regarding Dr. Sastri Maharajh, who admitted to either placing his mouth on or resting his cheek on the breasts of as many as 13 female patients between 2005 and 2011.

Maharajh returned to work at a Mississauga walk-in clinic in July after an eight-month suspension. He isn’t allowed to treat women, and must post a clearly visible sign in his waiting room saying he can treat men only. Maharajh objected to these conditions at his penalty hearing, asking instead for his appointments with women to be supervised, but the committee decided his risk of reoffending was too great.

The Star’s multiple attempts to reach Maharajh at his home and clinic for comment were unsuccessful.

The college’s decision raises questions about whom the regulatory body is trying to protect — physicians or patients.

Marilou McPhedran, director of the Institute for International Women’s Rights at the University of Winnipeg’s Global College, headed two separate task forces in 1991 and 2001, looking at sexual abuse of patients by health-care professionals.

She said government and regulatory bodies need to be more accountable to patients.

In Maharajh’s case, McPhedran said the college could have revoked the doctor’s licence under the Regulated Health Professions Act.

“They have more than enough legal jurisdiction to use their discretion to exercise their responsibility, as members of a college, to make their decision on the basis of what is in the best interest of public and patient safety,” she said. “They chose not to.”

Instead, the discipline committee used a discretionary loophole in the act to suspend Maharajh and put conditions on his licence. The act allows less severe punishment for sexual transgressions that do not involve sexual intercourse, various forms of contact with the genitals, the anus and the mouth, or masturbation.

Not enough has changed in the more than two decades since the first task force was commissioned, McPhedran said.

“There’s a simple question to ask here: who benefits from continuing, year after year after year, not to fully utilize what the legislation allows to protect the public? Who benefits?”

A complaint of sexual abuse against Maharajh was reported to the college by an unidentified female patient in July 2011; Maharajh later disclosed to the college that similar incidents happened with 10 to 12 other women.

Peel police Const. Lillian Fitzpatrick said Maharajh’s name has not appeared on an arrest report. If the college made a complaint and provided police with specific information, such as the patient’s name, they could launch an investigation.

“What we would probably have to do in that case is get a warrant to obtain any written documentation, anything they would have to substantiate that claim,” Fitzpatrick said. “Then we would initiate (an investigation) through the victims.”

Fitzpatrick said although police will look into complaints of sexual abuse, a successful investigation ultimately comes down to a victim’s willingness to proceed.

In an email to the Star on Thursday, spokesperson Kathryn Clarke said while the college regularly receives and shares information with police in “appropriate circumstances,” she can’t speak to Maharajh’s case specifically.

“… In deciding whether to share information, the circumstances of the particular case are ‎considered, including the wishes of the complainant,” she said.

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Heritage minister denies political interference with rights museum

September 17 2014 05:35PM

WINNIPEG — The office of Heritage Minister Shelly Glover says there was nothing untoward in a request to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights to provide a complete list of exhibits that refer to the Government of Canada.

With only days left until the museum’s official opening, Glover visited the museum and made the request that entailed staff collecting information on dozens of exhibits.

Museum CEO Stuart Murray told the Star in an interview that the request and Glover’s visits to the museum were not a sign of political interference by Ottawa. “There is no political interference,” said Murray. “I’m glad they take an interest.”

Since the museum is part of Glover’s portfolio it’s understandable she would come to the museum and ask for information about the exhibits, Murray said.

“She’s taking great level of interest to see how we’re doing; how it’s coming along; what state of readiness we are,” said Murray. “And I’m thrilled and delighted. It shows she’s genuinely interested in the project.”

Glover’s press secretary Marisa Monnin said in a statement that the visit and meetings were business as usual.

“I can tell you that of course the minister of Canadian Heritage has visited the (museum), not only this past week, but several times over several years,” Monnin said.

“She has, in fact, visited almost every single national museum this year, as all national museums report to Parliament through her. As minister she is expected to be knowledgeable about all aspects of our museums. National museums are solely responsible for content as they operate at arm’s length.”

In earlier research, University of Manitoba law professor Karen Busby found some changes in the way some of the museum exhibits — including one of the exhibits on residential schools and Canada’s treatment of refugees — were defined in 2012 as compared to their descriptions in 2013, according to documents obtained through access to information legislation.

The reasons for the changes are not known, Busby said in an interview. “It could have been change of staff. It could have been government. It could have been the board or staff. I honestly don’t know and it could be a combination of all things.”

The Canadian government’s record on human rights — both good and bad — are all part of the museum, including Prime Minister’s Stephen Harper’s apology on Indian residential schools, former prime minister Brian Mulroney’s apology on Japanese interment, former prime minister John Diefenbaker’s Bill of Rights, and former prime minister Pierre Trudeau’s Constitution and Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

“All those things are there,” said Murray, the CEO. “That’s our lifeline. That’s our history.”

For close to 12 years the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the brainchild of the late media mogul Izzy Asper, has been in development.

It is scheduled to open this Friday. But when the Star visited Tuesday, the museum was still far from finished. Many exhibits were not yet installed and workers were putting finishing touches on many of the galleries.

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