Blog: Melia's Take
I’m Paul Melia, President and CEO of the CCES. I’m also a parent, coach, sports fan and player. Like many of you, I’m passionate about sport.
Professionally, I work with people from all walks of life, from across Canada and internationally, to help create an environment for sport to live up to its potential to be the positive public asset that Canadians want.
As a parent and coach, I’m always striving to maintain the healthy tensions between having fun and being the best I can be. As a sport participant and a fan, I understand how easy it is to get carried away by the emotional turbulence of the moment.
This blog is written from the many perspectives that make up sport….
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The Penn State child sex abuse scandal is back in the news following the recent conviction of the university’s former president. A jury found Graham Spanier guilty of one misdemeanor count of child endangerment that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Mr. Spanier...Read more
Tomorrow morning, Canadian law professor, Richard McLaren, is set to release a second, in-depth report into Russia’s state-sponsored doping regime. In July, his first report sent shock waves through the international sport community. He presented compelling evidence that implicated the highest...Read more
I love watching the Opening Ceremonies at the Olympic Games. It’s a spectacle like few others in sport. Athletes from countries large and small parade into the main stadium, perma-smiles etched on their faces, many skipping and hopping their way around the track, powered by pride and purpose.Read more
Sadly, I was wrong. I had naively hoped the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would recognize all the unmistakable signs and heed the deafening global call for a ban on Russian athletes competing in Rio. ...Read more
The writing is on the wall. All that remains now is for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to do the right thing: the right thing for the integrity of sport, for clean athletes and for everyone else around the world who subscribes to the...Read more
It sounds almost melodramatic to say it, but the integrity of international sport is at stake. On Monday, respected Canadian arbitrator and law professor, Richard McLaren, will make public the findings of a major investigation into Russia’s anti-doping system. His probe follows a shocking World...Read more
“It’s my body. It’s my biochemistry.” These are the words of David Asprey as quoted by Adam Kreek in his article entitled, “Can PEDs Make Sport Safer for Athletes?” Are these the words of a true libertarian or just a person looking to increase his sales in his online business? And while Adam Kreek...Read more
The CCES would like to wish the sport community all the best in the New Year. As we dive into 2016, now is a good time to look back at 2015 and consider the lessons that can be learned. Below is a guest blog post that I’d like to share from our friend Bob Elliott from the Sport Matters Group. Read more
The FIFA bribery and corruption proceedings, the International Amateur Athletic Federation doping investigation and the Russian “doping scandal” have raised important questions regarding the role of governments, international sport federations (IFs), national anti-doping organizations (NADOs), the...Read more
As new doping violations are confirmed against international athletes who medaled at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games (TORONTO 2015), it’s a bittersweet victory for Team Canada. The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) congratulates Zack Chetrat, Alec Page and Rachel Hannah on...Read more
Policies aren’t enough ... ensuring sport organizations are creating safe and respectful environments
Creating an environment free from harassment and bullying is a topic that Canadians have found themselves considering over the past year. Sport is not immune to societal trends and incidents of inappropriate behaviour are frequently discussed in sport boardrooms across the country. While the focus...Read more
Halfway through the adoption period for the new Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), there’s reason for both optimism and concern. Let’s start with the glass half full: the new program is working. ...Read more
On July 15, Caitlyn Jenner was recognized with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. This is an award given to an athlete who is willing to stand up for their beliefs regardless of the cost. Caitlyn has brought important attention to the issues surrounding trans individuals and her story will no doubt...Read more
All too often we hear of bad things happening in sport. At the same time, we also hear about heartwarming stories of how sport has made a positive difference in someone’s life. We’ve seen how, for example, a world-class performance can be elevated when an athlete demonstrates amazing character in...Read more
In yesterday’s post, we looked at how doping can impact sport and what led to the “Dubin Inquiry.” In this post, we’ll look at how Canada reacted and where we are today: Canada took Justice Dubin’s words to heart. We were no longer prepared as a country and a sport community to stand still on...Read more
The cost of standing still versus the benefits of moving forward is well understood in sport. We would do well to remember this tactical advice as we respond to the harm that doping causes to sport. When athletes cheat by doping, they harm themselves, they harm their sport and they harm their...Read more
“It just shows if you listen to your coach and you’re dedicated and you work hard, you can do it clean.” That is what Dylan Armstrong, Canadian shot put bronze medalist at the Beijing Olympics, said this past Sunday at the training center in Kamloops, British Columbia where he trains. He made this...Read more
Seems like an odd question with the obvious and factual answer being: no. But let’s look a little more closely at the question and consider whether perhaps doping ought to be a criminal offence in Canada.Read more
I would like to reiterate yesterday’s blog message that when the True Sport Principles (Go For It, Respect Others, Keep It Fun, Include Everyone, Play Fair, Give Back and Stay Healthy) are present in sport, the outcome will be a positive sport experience. Too often though, coaches, parents and...Read more
November 17-23 is Bullying Awareness Week in Canada. Bullying has become such an important health and social issue in our country that we now need a dedicated national awareness week. Sadly, this means we are not doing enough in Canada to combat bullying and to prevent the harm it causes.Read more