Last year I highlighted that Bill S-209 criminalized many traditional martial arts combative competitions but allows Provinces to overrule this default position.
Since then Provinces have been slow to pass appropriate laws and the expected problems are now surfacing. Last November the PEI government shut down an amateur kickboxing event which ran in previous years without incident. Now scheduled Karate competitions in Provinces without appropriate laws may be facing a similar fate.
Karate PEI is advertising the Atlantic Karate Championships scheduled to take place in Fredericton on February 17. Events such as these have taken place for years without government oversight however without Bill S-209 compliant laws on the books events such as these are now in question.
This is an unnecessary and fixable problem. BC and Saskatchewan are a few of the Provinces who have addressed this issue. Other Provinces would do well to pass similar laws or else risk creating unnecessary uncertainty for those wishing to compete in such events.