Canadian Senate to Open MMA Amendment Hearings Wednesday

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A Canadian Senate committee will open hearings on May 9th to amend the Canadian Criminal Code to include MMA.

The committe chair, Senator Bob Runciman, will head the committee. Runciman is also the author of the Senate Bill S-209 which would amend Section 83 to include MMA.

Witnesses schedule to appear before the committee include Tom Wright, Ken Hayashi, and Pat Reid.

If the bill is approved by the Senate, it would then need to be approved by the House of Commons.

15 Responses to “ Canadian Senate to Open MMA Amendment Hearings Wednesday ”

  1. Here’s the new proposed definition.

    Prize Fights

    Engaging in prize fight

    • 83. (1) Every one who
    • (a) engages as a principal in a prize fight,
    • (b) advises, encourages or promotes a prize fight, or
    • (c) is present at a prize fight as an aid, second, surgeon, umpire, backer or reporter,

    is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

    (2) In this section, “prize fight” means an encounter or fight with fists, hands or feet between two persons who have met for that purpose by previous arrangement made by or for them, but does not include

    (a) a contest between amateur athletes in a combative sport with fists, hands or feet held in a province if the sport is on the programme of the International Olympic Committee and, in the case where the province’s lieutenant governor in council or any other person or body specified by him or her requires it, the contest is held with their permission;

    (b) a contest between amateur athletes in a combative sport with fists, hands or feet held in a province if the sport has been designated by the province’s lieutenant governor in council or by any other person or body specified by him or her and, in the case where the lieutenant governor in council or other specified person or body requires it, the contest is held with their permission;

    (c) a contest between amateur athletes in a combative sport with fists, hands or feet held in a province with the permission of the province’s lieutenant governor in council or any other person or body specified by him or her; and

    (d) a boxing contest or mixed martial arts contestheld in a province with the permission or under the authority of an athletic board, commission or similar body established by or under the authority of theprovince’s legislature for the control of sport within the province.

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  2. Donald Duck says:

    Jeebus, Hayashi and Reid. That sounds like a bad 80s sitcom.

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  3. Donald Duck says:

    Just edited this down a little:

    (d) a mixed martial arts contest held in a province with the permission a commission under the authority of the province’s legislature for the control of sport within the province.

    $5 says Pat starts to push for a provincial commission in Alberta with him at the head.

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  4. Bring the Pain says:

    A provincial commission isnt a bad idea….we have one in ontario with Hayashi as the commissioner…and in regards to the fighters…from everyother province or the USA my guys have fought in…the ontario commission is by far the most professional we have dealt with…when it comes to meds…when it comes to weighins…seeing actual Drs after weighins for med checks…not patamedics or nurses…on fight day…from inspectors…to refs….to seeing a doc right after your fight…and being paid promptly and immediatly and exactly what was stated on fight contract…by certified cheque…so really if you have the right commisioner for your province…and a unified set of standards and practices for mma across the province…IMO…its not a bad thing at all…

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  5. Donald Duck says:

    You’ve fought in a lot of places in Canada then? I’m just curious because I haven’t heard of Ontario doing anything different (other then Ken Hayashi working so damn hard for so damn long to prevent MMA from coming to ON) than any other province.

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  6. Bdc says:

    Mr duck 1 bring the pain 0

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  7. Bdc says:

    Prov commission is great for towns and citys that dont have one wanting mma and not willing to make a fake commission up that they made up in their basement

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  8. Bring the Pain says:

    Yes duck he did stop it for so long…but once legislation was passed…they have like i said made very beneficial to the fighters…and make sure the fighters interests are well represented…as for promoters well thats a different story alltogether …he makes it very difficult to put a show on in ontario…but in my last post…i did say in regards to fighters….no one else….ive had guys fight in bc…alberta…nova scotia and quebec ..as well as ontario…and so far again imo ontarios commission is the most professional when handling the fighters….
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  9. Bring the Pain says:

    Dont get me wrong….mr.hayashi.cqn be very difficult to deal with at times…case in point…back in 2000…i was head ref and arbittator at the canadian pankration championships in toronto…and ken showed up with 5 police officers and told me if he saw any contact he deemed excesive i was getting arrested…so i do know how he can be…believe me

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  10. Don't Call Me Leon says:

    Sooner or later we are going to need Provincial Commissions b/c the haters will push for it, and with the growth of MMA exploding this quickly it may as well be sanctioned correctly otherwise we’ll just have underground leagues fighting god knows where, which we all know only hurts the sport I think we all love dearly!

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  11. Donald Duck says:

    Yes duck he did stop it for so long…
    Let’s call it what it is for the sake of clarity. Ken or if you’d prefer Sensei Hayashi was protecting the world of TMA in his ongoing war with MMA. He as much as was quoted saying that MMA would undermine the values and character built up by TMA.

    but once legislation was passed…
    Legislation wasn’t passed until the 800 pound gorilla came a knocking and showed the truck loads of money to be made. Ken was basically told to sit down and shut up at that point.

    they have like i said made very beneficial to the fighters…and make sure the fighters interests are well represented…
    They damn well better have. This is one of the last markets to legalize MMA and there are many examples of well run commissions for them to learn from. It would be painfully embarrassing for them if they weren’t one of the best run commissions on the planet.

    as for promoters well thats a different story alltogether …he makes it very difficult to put a show on in ontario…
    And they’ve allowed for scum to walk in and masquerade as ‘subject matter experts’ and bilk hard working people out of their money. Frankly a commission shouldn’t be messing around in what a promoter does as their only concern should and must be for fighter safety. Throwing up ridiculous requirements does not help fighters.

    but in my last post…i did say in regards to fighters….no one else….
    I don’t understand this statement.

    ive had guys fight in bc…alberta…nova scotia and quebec ..as well as ontario…and so far again imo ontarios commission is the most professional when handling the fighters….
    Then I’d suggest you haven’t had nearly as much experience as you state or you’ve only had quick interactions with some of the other commissions. I also wonder if people aren’t assuming that a commission should be doing more than it does. A commission’s job is relatively simple:

    1. Ensure fighter safety by enforcing the rules and regulations of the sport.
    2. Provide Refs and other services (doctors etc…) required to put on a safe show.
    3. Ensure that everyone is paid at the end of the day.
    4. Investigate infractions of the rule set.
    5. Enforce and communicate suspension

    Beyond this a commission shouldn’t be mucking around in much.

    Donnie Donnie Bo Bonnie Banana Fana Fo Fonnie

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  12. Donald Duck says:

    Leon,

    I think that you are correct but we have to put things into perspective. MMA is at about the same point that Hockey was at in the 1940s or maybe 1950s. There is a ridiculous amount of growth still required and happening. Eventually we should have a federal commission that oversees all MMA (note: no f**king hyrbridized MMA, Kick Boxing, Muay Thai, Boxing etc… commission) in Canada with Provincial arms to support them. We’re not there yet.

    At this point sadly we don’t have a sport that is publically accepted on a major level. In addition we don’t have enough people on the same page when it comes to regulating the sport and outside of promoters there is no lobbying job working for standardization of requests across the board.

    Commissions right now are filled by retirees, career building sycophants and people who couldn’t get onto the police commission (or some other high profile commission). Until people from the sport start taking an active role in regulating it we’ll forever be at the whim of politicians.

    Donnie

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  13. Bring the Pain says:

    Well actually duck…i have had my share of experiences with different commissions….ones that didnt enfore payment of contracted fight…ones where no doc saw fighters after fights…like i said from my experience and in my opinion…the OAC….does this the best and is most professional….again imo…so you can argue or banter about whether you thinks its best or not to have provincial commisions over seeing mma..in each province…this again is till my opinion…which the last time i checked ….i was entitled too…;)

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  14. Donald Duck says:

    Perhaps our experience have just been different but from my personal experience the things you mention happen when there is either no commission or some adhoc thrown together group (often controlled by the promoter) used to pretend to be a commission.

    If we were having this conversation 10 years ago I’d 100% agree with you but in the last 5 or so years even the most inept commissions have managed to pull their collective poop together.

    Ontario is relatively lucky in some sense as the majority of MMA is taking place within driving distance of Toronto. Geographics actually help most commissions and like I said I think the time of Provincial commissions will come I just don’t think we’re there yet. I mean most commissions belong to the ABC and use that conference as a place to grow and develop the rules. Could you imagine if Football in Canada opted to belong to FIFA just because there are some similarities in the two sports?

    I think we agree on most things and maybe I’m just old and can’t let go of how badly Ken f**ked over so many people in Ontario for so long.

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  15. ccanadx says:

    Ontario’s commisionaire has a long history of being totaly against combate sports– except for cylde grey (who ontario fired) i do not know of a good one. The teachers union owns all the sports team and really does not want anything to compete with the !@#$%^& maple leafs or other losers. It is truly the worst sports team in north americ– TO is the 5th largest city in north american and has never had an olypics, universiyty games n pan am — or winning team sincwe blue jays or leafs– what 50 years ago. The biggests watched sport there is watching the fat ass mayor lose weight.

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