In the last issue, we discussed the topic of violence in sport from the criminal law perspective, specifically in the context of a charge of assault. An increasing number of violent acts occurring during competitive sport events are being addressed using "tort law." As opposed to our criminal law, … [Read more...] about Violence in Sport Part II – Dealing With Violence as a Legal Issue
Court decisions are a critical source of information about the proper interpretation of the laws and rules that govern so many of our actions. Our goal with comments on case law is to provide you with an accurate summary of the main issues in the case, and to comment on the case's possible … [Read more...] about Case Comment – Bazley v. Curry (The Children’s Foundation) 1999, 2 SCR 534
Many coaches engage in instructional activities as part of their coaching position. No one will dispute that part of the responsibility of the coach/instructor is to supervise athletes and activities going on within sport facilities. The safety of athletes and other participants must always be a … [Read more...] about The Responsibilities of Supervision
In almost every newsletter and law update we have read recently, two new Supreme Court of Canada decisions have been written up. So, not to be left out in the cold, we will write about them, too. In reality, these two decisions are very important to any sport organization. They also speak directly, … [Read more...] about Vicarious Liability: Two New Supreme Court Decisions
Our column this issue is not about coaches. Instead, it is about directors, and we've chosen this topic because a good number of coaches also happen to be elected or appointed directors of sport organizations or clubs. Wearing several hats is not uncommon in the sport realm, and remembering which … [Read more...] about Responsibilities of the Coach/Director
The Supreme Court of Canada in April of this year quashed a decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal which had ordered a whole new trial in Mark Hamstra's suit against the B.C. Rugby Union, his former coach and the Langley School Board. It may be worthwhile to revisit the Hamstra decision in … [Read more...] about What is the Standard in the Standard of Care?