A committee working on how to distribute $15.2 million raised in a GoFundMe campaign after the Humboldt Broncos bus crash said the court should respect the families’ wishes on how the money should be divided.
The committee is recommending a total payout of $525,000 for each of the 16 families who lost a loved one in the crash.
It is also recommending a total of $475,000 for each of the 13 surviving players.
Court documents said the suggestions are based on a formula that came out of discussions with the families.
In August, a judge approved an interim payment of $50,000 each to the survivors and families of the people who died in April.
The recommendations still need to be approved at a court appearance set for Nov. 28.
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This is the first test of Saskatchewan’s efforts to regulate crowdfunding campaigns.
The province has legislation known as the Informal Public Appeals Act, which outlines court-supervised payouts.
The legislation was recommended in 2012 by a national body called the Uniform Law Conference, which proposes changes when gaps are identified in existing laws.
Under the law, a court hearing can be requested by a trustee, a donor, a person who benefits from a fund, the attorney general or anyone the court considers has a sufficient interest in a fund.
In the Broncos case, a hearing was requested by the Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund Inc.
The Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund committee is made up of retired Saskatchewan justice Dennis Ball; Mark Chipman, chairman of the company that owns the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets; Olympic gold medallist Hayley Wickenheiser; Dr. Peter Spafford, who’s in charge of head and neck surgery at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine; and Kevin Cameron, executive director of the Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response.
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