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The Province.com:

Several months ago, a judge quietly declined an application by Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini to have the parties in his divorce proceedings referred to only by initials.

Taliah Aquilini, the NHL owner’s estranged wife, is seeking a divorce from him in B.C. Supreme Court.

Shortly after she filed for divorce, Aquilini went to court in an attempt to have their full names removed from the record, arguing that it was necessary to do so to protect their four children.

But B.C. Supreme Court Justice Loryl Russell found that Aquilini failed to meet the test that there was a “substantial risk of substantial harm” to the children.

“In the circumstances here today, it is clear to me that the principle of openness of the courts is an extremely important and key principle which we must keep in mind when we are looking at the balancing interests which go in these cases,” she said in reasons given orally in March.

“The children’s names could be removed from pleadings, although I am satisfied that the provisions of the Supreme Court Family Rules protect the file from searches by members of the public.”

Russell quoted from a ruling earlier this year by B.C. Supreme Court Madam Justice Susan Griffin that the fact that parties have to put their names to pleadings in litigation promotes honesty and reasonableness.

The judge dismissed the application but left it open to Aquilini to produce “significant” evidence showing substantial harm to the children and bring the application again.

On Tuesday, Aquilini’s new lawyers went to court seeking an interim order to seal the court proceedings, arguing that it was needed to protect the welfare of the children and that the NHL team’s financial interests could be harmed as well.

Taliah Aquilini’s lawyers argued that Aquilini still hadn’t produced proof of any substantial risk of harm and sought to have the application dismissed again.

The judge — B.C. Supreme Court Madam Justice Sunni Stromberg-Stein — reserved judgment until Thursday morning.

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7. You will respect the personal privacy of players/management(past and present) and their families.

Discussions about players or management that have nothing to do with hockey (including talking about how good looking the players are) are strongly discouraged. You will not post personal and/or private pictures of players/management.

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Letting this one fly for now, as it's simply recounting a newspaper article that is obviously no secret. But it's clear that the direction of conversation is heading toward trash talk, so make sure we stick to commenting on the article if it's to be left open....

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