Today BC’s proposed Athletic Commissioner Act has passed Second Reading which means this Bill is one step closer to becoming law. I have previously discussed this new proposed law here. You can click here and scroll down to section 1550 to read the Legislative debate about Bill 50. There appears to be little doubt that this Bill … More BC’s Athletic Commissioner Act One Step Closer to Becoming Law
I recently discussed Senate Bill 209 and the fact that it will potentially criminalize amateur mixed martial arts contests on a Province by Province basis. The reason being that the Criminal Code currently allows amateur contests so long as “the contestants wear boxing gloves of not less than one hundred and forty grams each in mass” but … More Bill S-209 and Amateur Martial Arts Contests Update
I previously discussed that the BC Government has introduced sensible legislation seeking to create an Athletic Commissioner who will be tasked with regulating professional MMA and other Striking Sports on a Province wide basis. I am following this matter and today had a chance to review the Government’s comments on the Floor of BC’s Legislature … More BC Government Comments on Proposed Athletic Commissioner Act
I’ve recently written about the Federal Government’s effort 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 … More Does Bill S-209 Criminlize Amateur MMA / Martial Arts Bouts in BC?
With Bill 50 expected to become law soon in British Columbia, Professional MMA will benefit from consistent standards Province wide Once a Provincial Athletic Commissioner is appointed standards will need to be designed that will apply to MMA competitions in BC pursuant to the Commissioner’s obligations under Section 4 of the Athletic Commissioner Act and … More Unified Rules of MMA Most Obvious Choice for BC’s New Athletic Commisioner
Leaving aside the fact that professional MMA is currently technically illegal in BC, an additional problem is that professional MMA events in British Columbia are subject to inconsistent regulatory requirements. The reason being that local municipalities are allowed to form their own Athletic Commissions based on the power given to the them by section 143 … More BC Government To Create Province Wide Commision To Regulate MMA
Despite a relatively long history of hosting professional MMA bouts, inlcuding several high profile UFC contests, professional MMA bouts presently are illegal in Canada. This is so due to the outdated language of section 83 of Canada’s Criminal Code which makes it an offence to engage in a “prize fight” except in limited circumstances. Currently Section 83 … More Canada Looking to Formally Decriminalize Mixed Martial Arts
As discussed at my BC Injury Law Blog in 2009, BC law does not allow Infants (defined as anyone under the age of 19) to waive their right to sue. This is so due to legislation called the Infants Act. Waivers signed by Infants are not enforceable. Furthermore, waivers signed by Infants parents are also not binding … More Children’s Right To Sue Cannot Be Waived in BC
Welcome to my Canadian MMA Law Blog. This site will follow legal developments addressing issues concerning Mixed Martial Arts in Canada.