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 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

New World Anti-Doping Code in effect January 1, 2015 – Canada will be ready

The new World Anti-Doping Code will come into effect on January 1, 2015. The consultation and review process has been long and thorough. Nearly 200 countries, 70 odd international sport organizations, the International Olympic Committee and their member National Olympic Committees around the world...Read more

The Blind Side

A recent court decision involving an incident in a senior men’s recreational hockey League in Ottawa caught my attention. The incident involved two players who collided behind the net in this non-contact league. One player was knocked unconscious by the hit, sustaining physical injuries and as a...Read more

Is pro sport too soft on doping?

Over 25 years ago, Ben Johnson tested positive for anabolic steroids at the Olympics in Seoul, Korea. He was once a hero in sport and overnight he became a villain. Contrast this with Major League Baseball (MLB) player Nelson Cruz’s doping violation last year. After his doping violation, it would...Read more

Ontario political parties silent on investment in sport

The Ontario election is less than two weeks away and we're not hearing much from any party about their plans to increase support for sport across the province...Read more

Closing the Gap

As I sit each night and watch the “war of attrition” known as the Stanley Cup Play-Offs, I am amazed at the endurance, strength and speed, not to mention courage of these NHL athletes. I also marvel at the similarly amazing feats of athleticism of pro basketball players and our own Toronto Raptors...Read more

Preparation! Preparation! Preparation!

Well, the Sochi Olympics are now in the books and all of Canada is basking in the glow of our athletes’ successes. We set the bar very high back in 2010 in Vancouver and half way around the world four years later we strove to match or exceed that accomplishment. We fell just short by that measure,...Read more

Health vs. Wealth: Are Concussions the new Tobacco?

Many years ago, the tobacco industry was confronted with the mounting medical evidence of the harm their products were causing to their customers. Faced with the evidence, the industry had two choices: stop producing a product that was killing millions every year or continue to sell their products...Read more

"Hitting the Ethics Gym..."

I came across a timely blog on ethics that I wanted to share. I think it’s timely not only because of the New Year theme but also because our athletes are headed to Sochi. I am sure there will be issues that arise that will test our ethics. The blog is by renowned ethicist John Dalla Costa and...Read more

Vigilante Justice

We witnessed again, on December 7th , an example of NHL style vigilante justice, meted out by Boston tough guy Shawn Thornton in response to a borderline body check to his teammate. In the first period of the game between the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins, Shawn Thornton attacked Brooks...Read more

Nelson Mandela – an example in life and in sport

As our lives unfold, it is common for us to ask ourselves, what difference have I made, what will be my legacy after I am gone? Few will be able to leave a legacy like Nelson Mandela. He died this past weekend at the age of 95 and the positive impact of his life on the entire world is being...Read more

CCES CEO Addresses World Conference on Doping in Sport

This week, a few CCES staff members and I are at the World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg (http://wada2013.org). Below is a speech I just delivered during a plenary session:Read more

You can help the fight against doping in sport

Over the past couple of years, a review of the World Anti-Doping Code has been undertaken involving extensive worldwide consultation with all stakeholders and signatories. The resulting proposed revisions to the Code will be ratified this November in South Africa. The newly revised Code will come...Read more

Supplements in the news…again

Supplements, long the doping scourge of athletes looking for that extra edge, have made the headlines again. This time it is a product called "Craze" that has come under fire from the medical and scientific communities and the anti-doping movement...Read more

What’s in a name?

That’s the question currently being debated by the Washington Redskins of the National Football League and a local community sports team in Ottawa, the Nepean Redskins Football Club. Those who favour retaining the name offer up reasons that run from, “Its use celebrates the heritage of Native...Read more

Is pro sport serious about clean sport?

The Biogenesis story linking Major League Baseball (MLB) players to the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) is heating up again. This simmering story, that will soon break and may expose over 20 MLB players, casts the spotlight on MLB but it also casts a shadow of sorts on a few other North...Read more

Heads up!

Quebec Soccer’s controversial decision to ban turbans and the subsequent efforts of the Canadian Soccer Association to overturn the ban is an interesting case study in “doing the right thing.”Read more

Ethical Literacy – Reducing Bad Behaviour in Sport

Why is it that bad behavior in sport seems to be escalating? Doping, match-fixing, violence, fraud, harassment and others. Sport’s great potential to shape and transform lives and to impart values and build character, appears to be losing ground to a wide array of unethical behaviours in sport. If...Read more

Fitting the pieces together (part 3)

In yesterday’s blog post, I made an analogy of the Canadian sport system being similar to a four-legged stool, with each leg representing an important section (participation, high-performance excellence, preparation of competent coaches, and physical literacy). But what about the values in sport? Read more

Fitting the pieces together (part 2)

Yesterday, I posed the question: “If the Canadian Sport Policy 2012 is the over-arching blueprint for the Canadian sport system, how do all the pieces fit together?” Today, let me suggest a rather simple analogy in an attempt to do just that – fit the pieces together. Think of Canadian sport as a...Read more