Game ON: Ontario’s New Sport Recognition Policy – 25-Point Checklist for PSOs

In our previous post about Game ON, we discussed the policies that Ontario Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs) will need to have in order to be … [Read more...]

Game ON: What proposed updates to Ontario’s Sport Recognition Policy could mean for your Organization

One of the legacies of Toronto hosting the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games has been a renewed focus on sport in Ontario and the creation of Game ON: The … [Read more...]

Governing Documents: Separating Constitution, Bylaws, Policies, and Rules

Recently, organizations in Ontario and BC have been asking us about transitioning to compliance with the upcoming Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations … [Read more...]

Criminal Record Checks – A Discussion For Every Sport Organization

Are Criminal Record Checks (CRCs) really necessary? Since they take time and effort for a volunteer to obtain, and they cost money, this is often the … [Read more...]

Compliance Issues for 2015 – Ontario Employers Take Note!

There have been several recent changes in Ontario law that have come into effect, or will soon, that impact amateur sport organizations in Ontario … [Read more...]

Human Resources – Challenges and Pitfalls in Managing this Vital Resource

People are the lifeblood of any organization whether they are paid staff, Directors, or volunteers. Without their passion and commitment, many of the … [Read more...]

The Proven Value of a Social Media Policy

For a few years I’ve been recommending that sport organizations develop their own social media policy. In the most comprehensive blogpost - ‘Does your … [Read more...]

ONCA updates and current duties for Ontario-based organizations

We last wrote about the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) in September 2013 and unfortunately not much has changed. The legislation is … [Read more...]

NFP Act After-Care – Tasks after Transitioning to Compliance

With 24 National Sport Organizations (NSOs) having transitioned to compliance with the new NFP Act, and more organizations in the process of … [Read more...]

The More We Learn the Less We Know?

I have been deeply immersed in the Canada Not-for Profit Corporations Act for over two years now, and so have many of Canada's national sport … [Read more...]

What policies does my sport organization need?

At the Sport Law & Strategy Group, we regularly receive requests from sport organizations asking for assistance writing policies. These are the … [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...]

Does Your Organization Need a Social Media Policy?

The recent Olympic Games were the ‘Socialympics’ and, as our colleagues at arnoldi mcpherson illustrated in their excellent report, there were more … [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...]

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) – Compliance

Beginning January 1, 2012, all providers of goods and services within the province of Ontario, including charities and not-for-profit organizations … [Read more...]

Violence and Harassment in the Workplace – Compliance

Last month we gave a presentation to the membership of the Sport Alliance of Ontario (SAO) relating to the requirements of the newly legislated … [Read more...]

Renewal … It’s Not Just the Sport Policy That Needs It!

Some of you may be aware that we are undergoing a renewal of the Canadian Sport Policy (CSP). Fondly spoken of as CSP 2.0, this renewal process has … [Read more...]

Avoiding Uncertainty in Policies and Contracts

We know ... writing and reading policy documents and contracts can be boring and tedious. I can attest to this as I have spent the last several months … [Read more...]

Why and When You Are Required to Re-Incorporate Your Organization

A lot of sport organizations are hearing buzz about a major government law that will affect their operations and possibly their bylaws.  Organizations … [Read more...]

Your Guide to the Updated Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)

In our last newsletter, we started looking into the new forthcoming OHSA.  We have done more investigation here and it is important to highlight that … [Read more...]

The Most Recent Buzz About Police Records Checks

[NOTE: An updated post on Police Records Checks was published in January 2016] In many service sectors, some form of police record check is now … [Read more...]

Risk Management Guide for Community Sport Organizations

This guide is intended to help volunteers and staff of local sport organizations make better decisions. Designed for leaders, administrators and … [Read more...]

Sport Organizations and the New Occupational Health and Safety Act

On June 15th 2010, an amendment to the Occupational Health and Safety Act was signed into Ontario law which focuses on workplace harassment and … [Read more...]

Ontario Bans Use of Handheld Devices While Driving

The Ontario government recently passed Bill 118 – Countering Distracted Driving and Promoting Green Transportation Act. While Ontario is not the first … [Read more...]

Improving Your Selection Policies

Selection issues are important any time of the year and in any year. In the past six months we were very occupied with selection disputes relating to … [Read more...]

Case Law Comment: CURIE v. CGU Insurance Company of Canada (2007)

By Rachel Corbett This Ontario Court of Appeal decision from the fall of 2007 created quite a stir among sport organizations in Ontario. Although … [Read more...]

What We Have Learned From Managing Appeals

Fifteen years ago the Centre for Sport and Law began writing appeal policies for sport organizations. In 1995 we published a handbook on the topic … [Read more...]

Staying on the Lookout for Fraud – Some Risk Management Advice

In the last 6 months we have helped two of our client organizations, PSOs in two different provinces, deal with the aftermath of employee theft. For … [Read more...]

Police Records Checks

Some years ago in this column we wrote about volunteer screening and police records checks, shortly on the heels of Sheldon Kennedy’s 1997 disclosure … [Read more...]

Case Law Comment: McKay v. Flin Flon Junior Bomber Hockey Club, Inc. (1999) Man. QB

Court decisions are a critical source of information about the proper interpretation of the laws and rules that govern so many of our actions. Our … [Read more...]

Case Comment: R. v. Gollan (2000)

Court decisions are a critical source of information about the proper interpretation of the laws and rules that govern so many of our actions. Our … [Read more...]

Policy Planning and Dispute Management in the Non-Profit Sector

The Charitable and Non-profit sector in Canada has experienced unprecedented changes in the 1990's. As senior levels of government spend less and … [Read more...]