Have the Canadian Amateur MMA Championships Been Derailed?
It now appears that the planned event has hit a wall with local authorities. Alex Gasson, who operates the Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Championship Series, has authored an on-line petition stating that “Municipalities/Permit Departments are denying permits for Amateur Mixed Martial Arts and even Non-Striking Combative Sports events citing S209. ” Although this may be frustrating for those involved, it should not come as a surprise given the clear requirements set out in S-209 to lawfully host MMA competitions.
While the petition does not specifically state that the AMMACS 3 tournament has been cancelled, it appears safe to conclude that it is now in jeopardy given the lack of cooperation from provincial authorities. As previously discussed, the proper route for change is to lobby the Ontario Government to pass a Bill S-209 law legalizing amateur MMA in the Province and setting out how events can lawfully be held. Participating in an event without this framework can lead to criminal prosecutions as demonstrated recently in Saskatchewan.
Erik Magraken is a personal injury litigator and Partner with the British Columbia law-firm MacIsaac & Company. The article was re-printed with permission from his Canadian MMA Law Blog.