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thleen Hubbard, a Bills cheerleader in the early 1970s, bro

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OTTAWA - The University of Ottawa is refusing to release a pair of investigative reports into misconduct that led to the suspension of its mens hockey team, revealing for the first time that the probe was launched as part of a pre-emptive legal strategy. Air Force 1 Low Sale Australia .As a result, the varsity players find themselves in the odd situation of having participated willingly in an investigation, overseen by a major law firm, that was aimed at protecting the university from possible lawsuits.Police in Thunder Bay have charged two players with sexual assault in connection with an incident involving a 21-year-old woman during a road trip in February 2014. The team was initially suspended for the remainder of the 2013-14 season, and now the mens hockey program has been put on hold through 2015-16.The remaining 22 players are represented in a $6-million class-action lawsuit against the university that alleges their reputations were unnecessarily tarnished.Lawrence Greenspon, the lawyer representing the players in the suit, said its fundamentally wrong to withhold the reasons behind the suspension.If youre going to punish somebody for something that you said they did wrong, you have to at least disclose to them the basis for the punishment ... its fundamental fairness to human beings, Greenspon said in an interview.Youre clearly punishing these guys, youre clearly affecting their lives, and youre refusing to release the results of the investigation that they say is the basis for this punishment.Last June, university president Allan Rock told a news conference that independent investigator Steven Gaon had delivered a report. Rock said the university fired hockey coach Real Paiement based on the finding he did not inform school officials about the Thunder Bay incident.In a subsequent letter to the Globe and Mail, Rock said the investigation also disclosed widespread behaviour that was disreputable and unbecoming of representatives of uOttawa and suggested an unhealthy climate surrounding the team.Gaon was actually hired and directed by the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright Canada, which in turn had been retained by the university.Norton Rose Fulbright..retained an independent investigator to probe the facts underlying the allegations, in order to be in a position to give legal advice to the university on potential legal claims arising from the mens hockey team matter, the firm said in a submission to Ontarios information commissioner in December.The Canadian Press lodged a complaint with the commissioners office after the university refused to release any part of the investigations findings under the provinces freedom of information law.In May, Gaon delivered not one, but two reports one about allegations of sexual misconduct, and the other on excessive drinking. Those reports were also prepared for use in giving legal advice, according to university lawyer David Bolger.The university said in a June press release that Gaons findings would not be published to avoid any interference with the ongoing police investigation and out of respect for the universitys privacy obligations.But in its submissions to the information commissioner, the university cites as its primary concern the fact that the records are considered legal advice.The records should not be disclosed. They are protected by solicitor-client privilege, both at common law and under the statutory exemption created by the Act, the university wrote.Anne-Marie Roy, president of the University of Ottawas student federation, said it is in the interest of the wider university community to have the information released.How are we supposed to hold this university accountable for cases of sexual violence if theres absolutely no transparency, if we dont know whats actually happening? said Roy.If there are serious findings in that report, how am I supposed to make sure that the University of Ottawa is properly taking steps to make sure that doesnt reoccur?The university also cites concerns over privacy and the police investigation in its refusal to release the documents. It said the records are replete with personal information about the members of the mens hockey team and the mens hockey teams former coach, details about the alleged assault that have not been made public, and sensitive details about the alleged victims interactions with members of the mens hockey team.Given that the reports conclude that [name(s) withheld] had changed their stories over time, there is a very real risk that the release of this information would result in [name(s) withheld] colluding (intentionally or unintentionally) when they are called to give evidence, reads the submission.An edited copy of the sexual misconduct report was prepared by the university to see if there was an possibility of releasing them to The Canadian Press. But it concluded that this would compromise the universitys ability to seek appropriate legal advice and be fully informed about its legal rights and responsibilities.It also worried that there would be a risk of the public deducing the identity of players, even with their names withheld.The University of Ottawa released last summer an evaluation by two outside academics on the institutions policies, practices and procedures. Vapormax 97 Australia . - Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II says the NFL has told the team it will not be docked a pick in this years draft for coach Mike Tomlins foray onto the field against Baltimore last November. Air Max 97 Off White Australia . The Opening Day starter played 53 games this season hitting .192 with nine home runs and 25 RBI. Red Sox manager John Farrell has decided to start Jose Iglesias at third base as of late instead of Middlebrooks. http://www.salenikeshoesaustralia.com/air-max-270-clearance.html .com) - The collective hearts of Chicago Bulls fans sank on Friday night when Derrick Rose went down with a leg injury against the Cleveland Cavaliers. ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- With hundreds of pictures and mementos on display honouring Buffalo Bills late owner Ralph Wilson, Bruce Smith couldnt resist bringing one more on Saturday. The Hall of Fame defensive end pulled out a photo taken the day he signed his rookie contract in 1985. The picture showed Wilson with his hands across his face as if he were praying. "He has that worried look on his face, like, Lord knows, I hope Im not wasting this draft pick on this chubby kid from Norfolk, Va.," Smith said, laughing. "I thought it would be befitting I brought this, and showed some of the players. And they got a big laugh out of it." "That," said Smith, who became the NFLs career leader in sacks, "is one of my special memories." There were many during a public remembrance celebrating the 95-year-old Hall of Fame owners life. With Frank Sinatra -- Wilsons favourite -- playing over the loudspeakers, and an array of photos, trophies and souvenirs spread throughout the teams practice facility, former and current players, employees and thousands of fans paid their respects to the teams founder, who died at his home in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich., on March 25. "The Bills are more than just a football team. Theyre family," said Matt Guarino, a 20-year season-ticket holder. "So we came to pay our respects just like we would any friend and any family member." The remembrance took place a week after a private funeral service was held in Detroit. The mood on Saturday was festive. Under grey cloudy skies and with a cold brisk wind blowing off nearby Lake Erie, a long line of fans snaked into the parking lot once the doors opened. Many wore team jerseys and posed for pictures in front of the Wilson memorabilia. The displays circled the fieldhouse, and featured many significant moments of Wilsons life: From childhood pictures to the medals he earned serving in the Navy during World War II, and photos of Wilson with his fellow American Football League founding owners. There was a painting of Wilson watching the Bills 1993 Super Bowl loss. The franchises two AFL championship trophies were displayed, as was Wilsons Pro Football Hall of Fame bust and gold jacket. In thhe middle of the field, the Bills recreated the layout of Wilsons office. Vapormax 2019 Sale Australia. There was a team helmet on the coffee table, press releases on his desk, as well as a picture of him and his wife Mary. And Mary Wilson was on hand. Standing near a guestbook area, she greeted fans, shared stories, signed autographs and posed for pictures. "He was a great sportsman," Wilson told one fan. "He loved competition. And thats why we got along so well. I was like that, too." In a statement released by the team, she thanked people "for their tremendous outpouring of love for Ralph." "Before he passed, he told me that he wanted people to celebrate his life after he was gone. He wasnt big on tears," she said. "Ralph most likely would have offered a funny quip about todays event. But at the same time, he would have been profoundly touched by the fans outpouring of emotion." Mary Wilson has taken over as the Bills controlling owner, a role she will maintain until the franchise is sold. Ralph Wilson expressed no interest of leaving the team to his surviving family members. The sale could take place within a year, opening the possibility the Bills could relocate. "Keeping this team here meant a lot to me," said Rich Izydorczak, whos had season tickets for 41 years. "And I hope it stays this way for a long time to come." Kathleen Hubbard, a Bills cheerleader in the early 1970s, brought a picture of Wilson posing with her and other cheerleaders on the field. A business not far from the stadium flashed the message, "You will be missed Ralph Wilson Jr.," on its electronic sign. Former Bills tight end Kevin Everett, in Buffalo for another event, made sure to show up to honour Wilson. Everett has recovered since being nearly paralyzed after sustaining a severe neck injury during the 2007 season opener. Part of his recovery was aided by the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a foundation which Wilson supported with a $1 million donation before Everett was hurt. "I thank God for his work that everything paid off to help benefit one of his players," Everett said. "He has a big heart. I thank God for what he did." ' ' '

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