March 9th, 2013

In case there are not enough reasons for you to avoid illegal Performance Enhancing Drugs, their use may also open the door to civil or criminal repercussions following otherwise lawful MMA bouts. You need look no further than the aftermath of the McSorley/Brashear altercation or the Bertuzzi/Moore incident to recognize that Canadian law sets limits to consent of harm in sports. […]

November 30th, 2012

Bill S-209, the law seeking to amend the Canadian Criminal Code to permit the legalization of MMA is now one step closer to reality.   (You can click here for background information). The Parliament of Canada’s website confirms that Bill S-209 has now passed second reading and has been referred to the Committee of the House of Commons. The […]

October 26th, 2012

Further to my efforts to keep track of Canada’s progress in formally legalizing MMA, Bill S-209 has now passed first reading in the House of Commons. Below is the official Hansard transcript: Mr. Massimo Pacetti (Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel, Lib.) moved for leave to introduce Bill S-209, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (prize fights).     He said: Mr. Speaker, […]

July 22nd, 2012

I previously discussed that the Federal Government’s attempt to legalize MMA Bouts will create a gap on the Provincial side potentially criminalizing amateur contests (Read about it HERE).  I am pleased to report that after bringing this issue to the BC Government’s attention, BC’s Minister of Sport has responded advising the BC Government is aware […]

July 21st, 2012

Recently, the Federal Government has made efforts to modernize the Criminal Code to permit MMA and other Striking Sports to become lawful. While this amendment will allow the sport to be properly regulated on a Professional level, review of the legislation appears to create a potential gap on the amateur side. The reason being that […]

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