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...]

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...]

Sport Law & Strategy Group Celebrates its 20th Anniversary!

The Sport Law & Strategy Group turns 20 years old this month. I still find this somewhat shocking. In 1992 Hilary Findlay and I had no idea that … [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...]

Private Information on Work Computers and the Need for Clear Policies and Procedures

By LeeAnn Cupidio and Steven Indig If your organization does not have a technology policy in place to deal with the use of electronic devices such … [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...]

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...]

Employee or Contractor? A New Perspective

The recent Ontario court decision of McKee v Reids Heritage Homes Ltd (RHH) has created yet another installment of the already confusing definition … [Read more...]

Defamation Update – Grant v. Torstar Corp

The Supreme Court decision in Grant v. Torstar Corp gives insight into the ongoing legal tussle between freedom of expression vs. protection of … [Read more...]

Overtime: A Ticking Time Bomb?

Curiously, we have been approached three times in the last month by sport organizations confronted with requests from employees to be paid out for … [Read more...]

Case Law Comment – Football Canada and the Taxman

Registered Canadian amateur athletic associations (also termed RCAAAs) are non-profit organizations that were established for the primary purpose of … [Read more...]

Canada Raises Legal Age of Consent

The term “age of consent” is the age at which one is legally allowed to engage in sexual activity. In June 2006, the Harper government introduced Bill … [Read more...]

Do You Know Who Your Members Are?

During the last several months, the Centre for Sport and Law has been asked by sport organizations to help in the implementation of their discipline … [Read more...]

What is Fair? B.C. Schools Case Fails to Meet the Required Threshold

We are often asked to help sport organizations administer internal hearings to ensure procedures are carried out properly, thus reducing the chance of … [Read more...]

When Music is Played at Your Event, Who Pays the Piper?

Think of the last time you attended a sporting event in an arena, gym or stadium – chances are you heard music played for the warm-up, during the … [Read more...]

The Coach-Athlete Relationship: A Legal View

Recently, we were asked to investigate cases of alleged coach misconduct that raise the question, is this specific coach in a position of trust with … [Read more...]

Backgrounder on “PIPEDA” – Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act

As of January 1, 2004 the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”) applies to all organizations during the collection, … [Read more...]

The Collection, Use and Disclosure of Pictures and Images: A Discussion Paper

by Steve Indig. It is common practice for organizations to post images and pictures of athletes and members of their organization on web sites or … [Read more...]