CCES Blog: Making Sport Better

Welcome to the CCES blog. We’ll be using this platform to share our views on anything and everything related to ethics in sport – from playground to podium. The CCES uses ethical debate to create an environment for meaningful dialogue around the future of sport. We strive to shape the public consensus of how we should behave when we compete, always recognizing that in a democracy, consensus is dynamic. 

The contributors to this blog are the four members of our executive team:

Paul Melia, President and Chief Executive Officer
Doug MacQuarrie, Chief Operating Officer
Karri Dawson, Senior Director, Quality Sport
Jeremy Luke, Senior Director, Sport Integrity

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Making Sense of the Calgary No Vote and the Way Forward

November 30, 2018

Paul Melia, CCES president and CEO -- 

The majority of Calgarians who voted in the recent plebiscite regarding hosting the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games voted No. Like many others who love sport in...Read more

Why are the Olympic Sponsors Not Speaking Out?

September 21, 2018

Yesterday the WADA Executive Committee, with full support from the Olympic Movement, voted to reinstate the Russian government despite the fact that they have not satisfied the requirements of the WADA-created RUSADA Roadmap to Code Compliance. Rightly so, this decision was met with massive...Read more

There must be consequences for racist behaviour in sport

June 7, 2018

Recently a team of First Nations hockey players claimed they were subject to racist taunts during a hockey tournament in Quebec City. Racist taunts from a coach and spectators as well as opposing players. The tournament was the Coupe Challenge Quebec AAA held May 25-27. The players were 13 and 14...Read more

Global Athlete Forum focuses on the rights of athletes

June 4, 2018

The CCES is pleased to co-host the 1st Global Athlete Forum, along with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC). This groundbreaking event has convened more than 150 athlete leaders and stakeholders under the theme ‘the sport we want’. Last night I had the...Read more

The US will allow states to legalize gambling on sports - what does it mean for the rest of us?

May 22, 2018

Last Monday, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark decision allowing states to legalize gambling on sports. This decision impacts a multi-billion dollar gambling industry. It will affect state revenues and will bring sports gambling out of the shadows and into the mainstream. In...Read more

Think about the kids!

May 14, 2018

I love hockey. What a sport! Nothing better than a good game of hockey – especially playoff hockey. The National Hockey League Playoffs are the games that fans wait to see all year long (although I can certainly do without the beards!). Playoffs is when hockey is played for keeps, where players...Read more

Reluctant Suspension Disheartening for Clean Athletes

February 28, 2018

“In this instance, the IOC has missed a great opportunity to support clean athletes by failing to take clear action to enforce the IOC’s ‘zero tolerance for doping’ policy, to which they often refer,” says Paul Melia, CCES president and CEO. Read more

My Moment

November 21, 2017

We can all think of moments in our life when we received recognition for something we had accomplished – big or small. It feels good. It validates the time and effort we put into the task. As good as those moments may have felt though I’m thinking very few probably compare to the feeling an athlete...Read more

Would Your Student-Athlete Make the Right Call?

October 3, 2017

A teammate is using banned stimulants before games to get an energy boost. If she gets caught, the entire team could be suspended from playing in their school league. A new player on the team is being bullied, but the coach isn’t doing anything about it. A group of friends show up drunk to the...Read more

Is good governance an ethical issue?

July 25, 2017

Is good governance an ethical issue? It certainly can be. When governance of an organization is flawed, this can and often does create conflicts of interest and interference with the ability of an organization to carry out its mission and mandate.Read more

The Sport We Want Places Values First

March 28, 2017

The Penn State child sex abuse scandal is back in the news following the recent conviction of the university’s former president. A jury found Graham Spanier guilty of one misdemeanor count of child endangerment that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Mr. Spanier...Read more

Finding Solutions out of Scandal

December 8, 2016

Tomorrow morning, Canadian law professor, Richard McLaren, is set to release a second, in-depth report into Russia’s state-sponsored doping regime. In July, his first report sent shock waves through the international sport community. He presented compelling evidence that implicated the highest...Read more

Watching the Rio Opening Ceremonies

August 4, 2016

I love watching the Opening Ceremonies at the Olympic Games. It’s a spectacle like few others in sport. Athletes from countries large and small parade into the main stadium, perma-smiles etched on their faces, many skipping and hopping their way around the track, powered by pride and purpose.Read more

Clean athletes cheated before Games even begin

July 25, 2016

Sadly, I was wrong. I had naively hoped the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would recognize all the unmistakable signs and heed the deafening global call for a ban on Russian athletes competing in Rio. ...Read more

All Signs Point to a Complete Russian Ban at Rio 2016

July 22, 2016

The writing is on the wall. All that remains now is for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to do the right thing: the right thing for the integrity of sport, for clean athletes and for everyone else around the world who subscribes to the...Read more

The Time is NOW to Stand Up for Clean Sport

July 15, 2016

It sounds almost melodramatic to say it, but the integrity of international sport is at stake. On Monday, respected Canadian arbitrator and law professor, Richard McLaren, will make public the findings of a major investigation into Russia’s anti-doping system. His probe follows a shocking World...Read more

No, PEDs make sport less safe for athletes

January 19, 2016

“It’s my body. It’s my biochemistry.” These are the words of David Asprey as quoted by Adam Kreek in his article entitled, “Can PEDs Make Sport Safer for Athletes?” Are these the words of a true libertarian or just a person looking to increase his sales in his online business? And while Adam Kreek...Read more

Reflecting on 2015: The Year of Sport in Canada

January 13, 2016

The CCES would like to wish the sport community all the best in the New Year. As we dive into 2016, now is a good time to look back at 2015 and consider the lessons that can be learned. Below is a guest blog post that I’d like to share from our friend Bob Elliott from the Sport Matters Group. Read more

Conflict of interest in anti-doping

December 17, 2015

The FIFA bribery and corruption proceedings, the International Amateur Athletic Federation doping investigation and the Russian “doping scandal” have raised important questions regarding the role of governments, international sport federations (IFs), national anti-doping organizations (NADOs), the...Read more

Bittersweet victory

December 4, 2015

As new doping violations are confirmed against international athletes who medaled at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games (TORONTO 2015), it’s a bittersweet victory for Team Canada. The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) congratulates Zack Chetrat, Alec Page and Rachel Hannah on...Read more