No club ownership at Tier 1. Take $ and politics out of it... as much as humanly possible.
The district hires the 4 coaches at each birthyear. They hire them just like they would with the peewee Quebec teams.
Isn't the reason for having ownership money? Yes, but now their $ can be made by "the masses" all playing tier 2 and tier 3. That doesn't mean clubs can't hold tier 1 spring and summer teams and camps, etc...
You can say whatever you want regarding Hefferan running the show. Somebody has to do it. And these decisions are made by a committee not 1 person.
I know none of this will probably ever happen, but who would've ever thought 20 or 30 years ago we'd have cross ice mites and NHL teams doing similar things? Blue pucks, mini nets, rotating goalies at mites, $900 skates, and close to 15 Tier 1 clubs in 1 district!!!
Major Change Is Needed!