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Developing: Labour board rules reinstatement of V-Reds women’s hockey team

The New Brunswick Labour and Employment board has ruled that UNB must reinstate its Varsity-Reds women’s hockey team by the 2017-2018 season.

The ruling came eight years after the team lost its varsity status. The Labour and Employment board also mandated that the university must make changes to its Gender Equity policy.

“The university respects the decision of the Labour and Employment Board and continues to evaluate its options while cooperating fully with the process. Updates on the implications of this decision will be provided as soon as they become available,” said John Richard, UNB’s director of athletics, in a press release.

UNB demoted the women’s hockey team to a competitive club status in 2008 because of funding, but members of the team argued that the demotion was discriminatory towards women and filed a complaint under the NB Human Rights Act in 2009.

The demotion from varsity status meant the team lost most of their funding and their ability to compete at high levels such as AUS and CIS. The women’s hockey team was one of six to lose its varsity status in 2008.

The Brunswickan has reached out to current UNB hockey players but was informed that they are not allowed to talk about the ruling under any circumstances.

More to come.

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