Ethics

Ontario political parties silent on investment in sport

June 5, 2014

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

"Hitting the Ethics Gym..."

January 10, 2014

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

Nelson Mandela – an example in life and in sport

December 11, 2013

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

What’s in a name?

September 19, 2013

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

Heads up!

June 12, 2013

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

May 10, 2013

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)

February 27, 2013

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)

February 26, 2013

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

Fitting the pieces together (part 1)

February 25, 2013

Fitting all the pieces of the Canadian sport system together is not an easy task. It is unlike any other. It is neither school-based (think US sport system) nor club-based (think European sport system). Our system combines elements of both, but at the community level, our system is largely...Read more

2012: What a year in sports!

December 20, 2012

I noticed the top three stories in sport this past year, as determined by a poll in North America, were: the Penn State Sandusky Scandal, the Lance Armstrong Scandal, and the NFL Bounty Scandal. In order: child molestation, doping, and violence in sports were the top stories. I wonder if we have a...Read more