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By: Sport Law  09-12-2011

Legal Solutions – Sport Law & Strategy Group

Beginning January 1, 2012, all providers of goods and services within the province of Ontario, including charities and not-for-profit organizations will be required to comply with parts of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).  This legislation affects every Ontario PSO, as well as MSOs and NSOs that have offices in Ontario. The AODA [..]

Last month we gave a presentation to the membership of the Sport Alliance of Ontario (SAO) relating to the requirements of the newly legislated provincial Bill 168 – Workplace Violence and Harassment.  This topic generated numerous questions and made us realize that many NSOs, PSOs and MSOs may have not yet taken the necessary steps [..]

by Rachel Corbett. The federal government is in the final stages of reviewing changes to the Income Tax Act that will affect Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Associations (RCAAAs). The impetus for these changes is the revocation of charitable status from a number of NSOs in recent years (see Football Canada and the Tax Man). It [..]

by Hilary Findlay. What can Canadian sport organizations learn from a recent decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)? As it turns out, a lot, at least from one of its most recent decisions rendered on October 4, 2011 (CAS 2011/0/2422 USOC v. IOC). First, a quick discussion of the decision, then a [..]

By Hilary Findlay. We know … writing and reading policy documents and contracts can be boring and tedious. I can attest to this as I have spent the last several months as a member of a team negotiating a collective bargaining agreement at a Canadian University. But these documents are important and they are essential [..]

By Rachel Corbett. I am in Ottawa this weekend participating in the centennial celebrations of the Canadian PGA, and I had the opportunity to have lunch with my friend and colleague Moira Lassen, who is an international official with the sport of weightlifting and a member of the IWF’s Technical Committee. Moira had just returned [..]

by Kevin Lawrie.  Recently the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada released its annual report to Parliament on the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).  PIPEDA sets the ground rules for the management of personal information in the private sector – and the Privacy Commissioner (Jennifer Stoddart) oversees its application and determines [..]

By Hilary Findlay. We are often asked to help sport organizations determine appropriate notice periods where employees are being released without cause. This can be a tricky task. While there are a number of factors that should be considered, most are very difficult to quantify. The result has been that length of service often became [..]

by Hilary Findlay. Direct discrimination on well-known prohibited grounds is typically easily discerned. For example, it is well-known, if not always accepted, that girls may try out for boys’ teams – whether or not there is a girls’ team available to them.  Discrimination on other prohibited grounds has not been as well discussed or clarified, [..]

By LeeAnn Cupidio and Steven Indig If your organization does not have a technology policy in place to deal with the use of electronic devices such as work-issued computers, Blackberrys and cell phones, now is the time to get one. For those organizations savvy enough to have one, it no doubt needs updating. We bring [..]

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Earlier this year, Ontario passed the Apology Act, which now allows an individual or organization to offer an apology as part of a dispute resolution process without concern over legal liability. Ottawa – March 23, 2011 – The Partners at the Centre for Sport and Law are pleased to share with friends, colleagues and clients our new name: Sport Law & Strategy Group.


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Develop programs to improve board effectiveness, clarify board and staff roles and responsibilities, and improve board-staff relations. Facilitate discussions with leaders, members and stakeholders to develop vision, mission and values statements. Prepare terms of reference and mandate statements for committees. Review and prepare bylaws and other key governing documents. Planning and Governance – Sport Law & Strategy Group.


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Our professional team at the Sport Law & Strategy Group offers a full range of legal and strategic services, and we will help you find practical solutions to other organizational challenges you may be facing. We are accessible, affordable and expert, and we bring experience, insight and common sense to every project.


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Incorporate MBV (Management by Values) approaches in planning, policies and decision-making. Prepare crisis management plans and advise on issues management. Strategic Communications – Sport Law & Strategy Group. Develop communications strategies and key messaging. Suggest strategies to change organizational culture. Advise on social media strategies and platforms. Develop brand strategies and brand books.