CCES Blog: Making Sport Better

Welcome to the CCES blog. We’ll be using this platform to share our views on anything and everything related to ethics in sport – from playground to podium. The CCES uses ethical debate to create an environment for meaningful dialogue around the future of sport. We strive to shape the public consensus of how we should behave when we compete, always recognizing that in a democracy, consensus is dynamic. 

The contributors to this blog are the four members of our executive team:

Paul Melia, President and Chief Executive Officer
Doug MacQuarrie, Chief Operating Officer
Karri Dawson, Senior Director, Quality Sport
Jeremy Luke, Senior Director, Sport Integrity

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Conflict of interest in anti-doping

December 17, 2015

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

December 4, 2015

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

November 18, 2015

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

October 15, 2015

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

July 20, 2015A pole vaulter goes over the top

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?

July 7, 2015Un entraineur illustre un jeu pour son équipe

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)

June 23, 2015Les coureurs au large de la ligne de départ

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)

June 22, 2015Relais coureurs

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

February 18, 2015A shot-put ball sits lonely on the boundary line

“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?

December 10, 2014Only dumbbells do dope

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)

November 18, 2014Young girls playing baseball

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, 2014Bullying Awareness Week in Canada

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

November 13, 2014Batter hemet lies on the ground at home base

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

October 14, 20142105 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

September 10, 2014Soccer players close in on the ball

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

August 15, 2014Close up view of hockey stick and puck

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?

July 11, 2014Young baseball fans sit ready to catch a fly ball

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

June 5, 2014Young players huddle before play continues

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

April 28, 2014Only dumbells do drugs

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!

February 27, 2014A group of speed skaters round the turn

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