August 1st, 2013

Earlier this year I dissected some comments made by Mark Pavelich who proclaimed that he “is never going to put female MMA in my organization.“ The outspoken CEO of Canada’s longest running MMA promotion, the MFC, justified his stance on the basis that ”I just don’t like to see females hitting each other.” Interestingly enough, […]

July 30th, 2013

Earlier this month I discussed the combat sports athletic commission rumored to be coming to Weyburn, Sakatchewan concluding that if Cities in Saskatchewan have the authority to regulate MMA under the Cities Act and there is “no interference from the Provincial legislature” then the path may be clear for municipal commissions. I have just been informed […]

June 27th, 2013

Yes, once again here comes a lawyer to take all the fun out of things!  Today I will breakdown the legal authority (or lack thereof) of the Calgary Combative Sports Commission to regulate AMMA. AFC 20 is scheduled to take place in Calgary in July and three amateur bouts are reportedly taking place.   Given the […]

June 26th, 2013

With Bill S-209 now in force, the legislative floodgates are opening with regional governments passing laws addressing mixed martial arts and other combat sports.   Alberta’s Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (Fort McMurray) is the latest to enter the fray with the City Council having just passed a Combative Sports Commission Bylaw. The new bylaw received Third […]

June 20th, 2013

Bill S-209, which overhauled the Criminal Code to allow Provinces to give MMA a legal framework in Canada has now received Royal Assent. This makes the new law now in force. MP Bal Gosal issued the following comments: OTTAWA, June 20, 2013 /CNW/ – The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), today issued the […]

June 5th, 2013

Canadians have embraced Mixed Martial Arts since the sport’s inception. Despite this, MMA has always been illegal in Canada. The long road to legalization is nearing an end with Bill S-209 now passing Third Reading in Parliament with a vote of 267-9 bringing in a legal framework for both professional and amateur MMA along with […]

May 15th, 2013

At the end of the month, BC’s Athletic Commissioner Act will be in force.  Once in force, all “professional” MMA and Boxing Events in BC will be regulated by the provincial commission with Vancouver and other local governments being given the ability to outlaw the sport with the passing of local bylaws. BC’s First Athletic […]

May 9th, 2013

As an MMA fan and lawyer who deals with the consequences of concussive injuries in my professional life I have conflicting feelings when it comes to witnessing a knock out in combat sports.  While it is the most exciting way a fight can end there are well understood potentially long term consequences that stem from concussive injury […]

May 3rd, 2013

With MMA’s ever growing popularity comes a greater need to comply with legislative requirements. This is clearly in the long term interests of the sport and will help accelerate mainstream acceptance. With this in mind, Mark Pavelich, the outspoken CEO of Canada’s largest Mixed Martial Arts organization (the MFC), voiced recent comments worthy of scrutiny. […]

April 16th, 2013

As Yogi Berra said, ‘It ain’t over till it’s over.’  While Bill S-209 is expected to pass into law giving professional MMA a legal framework in Canada, the Canadian Medical Association is doing what it can to derail this result. In a press release issued this week, it is reported that the president of the Canadian […]

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