When Rough Play Becomes Assault

The use of criminal law to regulate the conduct of sport participants has a long history, within which Canada is noted as being unique in using … [Read more...]

Reflections on Penn State, Scouts Canada and Graham James

I have just finished reading Theo Fleury's book, Playing With Fire. I have owned this book for two years, but never took it off my shelf. However, in … [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...]

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...]

Violence in Sport Part II – Dealing With Violence as a Legal Issue

In the last issue, we discussed the topic of violence in sport from the criminal law perspective, specifically in the context of a charge of assault. … [Read more...]

Violence in Sport Part I – It’s Your Responsibility Too

This is the first of a two-part column on the legal parameters of violence in sport. Part one focuses on a criminal law perspective. Part two will … [Read more...]

Violence in Sport: Policy Considerations for the Amateur Sport Organization

Reports of violent sport incidents are becoming startlingly frequent. In 1996, members of the University of Moncton hockey team (including players and … [Read more...]

The Bully Problem

The bully has been around sport for quite some time. While the topics of harassment and abuse have received considerable attention (and are … [Read more...]

Harassment – What We are Learning About What We are Doing

Harassment has been a "hot" issue in sport over the past year. The high profile Sheldon Kennedy incident involving the sexual abuse of an athlete by a … [Read more...]