Vancouver 2010 was a watershed for sport in Canada. An overwhelming majority of the population seems to have spontaneously shifted its weight from the back to the front foot. It’s cool to win – and cool to be part of Canadian sport. This hard-earned pride deserves to be protected and cherished. It’s easy to forget how quickly a nation’s sporting reputation can be tarnished. The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport does not forget. In fact, the Centre for Ethics in Sport is nothing less than a focal point and catalyst for the shared conscience of Canadian sport. To be clear, the role of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport is not to tell sport what to do. Rather, the Centre strives to be a guarantor of an ethical playing field for sport’s contestants. In other words, we monitor the rules of ethical engagement and explain the code of conduct and establish the framework for ethical debate around sport. This assumes, as in sport itself, a hard-fought consensus on shared values that allow for meaningful competition to take place. The Centre works to elevate that consensus into a conscience, one that has been centuries in the making, representative of the people of Canada.
Recognizing that Canadians want sport with a conscience, our purpose is to use ethics to remind all those who compete what is at stake; to remind Canada of the sport they want and hold dear.
The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport uses ethical debate to create an environment for meaningful dialogue around the future of sport, based on commonly agreed principles of right and wrong. As the facilitator and elevator of the conscience of Canadian sport, the Centre strives to shape the public consensus of how we should behave when we compete, always recognizing that in a democracy consensus is dynamic. The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport is one authority in Canada who can publicly protect the value system that will give Canadians the sport they want.
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