An Update on Transgender Issues in Sport

I have written in this space previously about the issue of gender and sport (2012, 2010, 2006), and given developments over the last year or so, I … [Read more...]

The Silence of Our Friends

By Rachel Corbett. I have been very impressed by the Harassment in Sport blog series presented by the Coaching Association of Canada, the Canadian … [Read more...]

CCES Publishes Exploratory Paper on Gender Inclusivity

In late October 2012 the CCES (Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport) released its report, Sport in Transition: Making Sport in Canada More Responsible … [Read more...]

Gender Identity in Sport

LawNow magazine has just published my recent article on gender identity and sport. Here is a link to the full article. … [Read more...]

Including Transgender Athletes in Sport

I would like to heartily congratulate the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) for creating an inclusive policy at their most recent annual … [Read more...]

OFSAA Eligibility Policy Discriminatory? Or Just a Poor Fit With Organization’s Mandate

Direct discrimination on well-known prohibited grounds is typically easily discerned. For example, it is well-known, if not always accepted, that … [Read more...]

The Complicated Jurisdictional World of Sport

Jurisdiction is an interesting concept – particularly in practice. Jurisdiction simply gives one the authority to act within a certain domain; … [Read more...]

Girls Playing on Boys’ Teams

Girls wanting to play on boys' teams.... This human rights issue has cropped up again, several times in fact, in the past short while. This timely … [Read more...]

Case Comment – Sagen v. VANOC Appeal (2009)

Bruce Kidd (sport historian, Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education & Health at the University of Toronto and a former Olympian) describes the … [Read more...]

Case Law Comment – Sagen v. VANOC (2009)

On July 10, 2009, the 15 women ski jumpers (the Skiers) suing the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) lost their bid for inclusion in the 2010 … [Read more...]

Sex Discrimination in Sport: An Update

By Hilary Findlay In one legal ruling, an all female fitness club is not required to provide membership to a man, yet in another, a scholastic … [Read more...]

From Blainey to Pasternak: Are We Making Progress?

Today, as a general rule, girls will be permitted to play on boys’ teams unless there is a reasonable justification for segregating activity on the … [Read more...]

Case Law Comment – Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association v. Pasternak et al. (2008)

Recently, there have been a number of situations that have raised questions about whether females can participate in all-male sport activities and, … [Read more...]

Seeing the Invisible, Speaking about the Unspoken – A Position Paper on Homophobia in Sport

Canada is a global leader in promoting sport environments and experiences that are safe and inclusive. Harassment, bullying, violence and homophobia … [Read more...]

Case Comment – Pasternak v. Manitoba High School Sports Association (2006)

Most people have now heard about the Pasternak twins, who complained to the Manitoba Human Rights Commission when the Manitoba High School Sports … [Read more...]

Transgendered and Transitioned Athletes in the Sport System

This short piece is a challenge to the prevailing belief that transgendered and transitioned athletes will always have an unfair competitive … [Read more...]

Case Comment: Mediated Agreement Between David Morrison, the City of Coquitlam, and the Deputy Chief Commissioner, British Columbia Human Rights Commission (1999)

Why This Case May Interest You This case involved a settlement reached by the parties in a human rights complaint. The complaint alleged gender … [Read more...]