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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Watching the Rio Opening Ceremonies

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

Clean athletes cheated before Games even begin

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

All Signs Point to a Complete Russian Ban at Rio 2016

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

The Time is NOW to Stand Up for Clean Sport

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

No, PEDs make sport less safe for athletes

“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

Reflecting on 2015: The Year of Sport in Canada

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

Conflict of interest in anti-doping

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

Bittersweet victory

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

Mid-term Report on the New Canadian Anti-Doping Program

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

Courage in sport comes in all forms

High Jump

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

Values-based sport. Why?

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

Are we standing still or moving forward? (Part 2)

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

Are we standing still or moving forward? (Part 1)

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

Dylan receives his due

“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

Is doping a criminal offence in Canada?

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

Bullying has no place in sport (Part 2)

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

Bullying has no place in sport (Part 1)

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

Getting the story straight

When we read Cathal Kelly’s column, from the November 5, 2014 issue of The Globe and Mail, entitled “Kelly: It’s not about A-Rod being clean, it’s about him coming clean,” we were shocked at how naïve and out of touch with Canadians the basic premise of the article was. We understand it can be a...Read more

The CCES releases 2015 CADP

Recently I wrote about the impending release of the 2015 Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP). Well, that release date has arrived. The CCES released the final version of the 2015 CADP on October 1, 2014 and now it remains for all Canadian sport stakeholders to adopt the 2015 CADP into their rules...Read more