Canadian MP’s Calls Out CMA’s Thin Opposition to Bill S-209

Last month I highlighted the Canadian Medical Association’s vocal opposition to Bill S-209.  This, despite the organization admitting “we don’t have a lot of research available yet as to the rate and severity of the injuries” and further that “we don’t know the rates of the injuries …but my argument is any injury is too much”.  The lack of substance … More Canadian MP’s Calls Out CMA’s Thin Opposition to Bill S-209

The Canadian Medical Association Takes a Swipe at Bill S-209

Update: April 19, 2013 – The below article was republished at Top MMA News and I invite readers to also visit there for its discussion thread. Dr. Anna Reid, the President of the CMA, appeared on a local BC Radio show earlier this week and acknowledged that “we don’t have a lot of research available yet as … More The Canadian Medical Association Takes a Swipe at Bill S-209

Will The IOC’s Olympic Wrestling Exclusion Make Amateur Wrestling “Encounters” Illegal in Canada?

The short answer is arguably yes if Bill S-209 passes in its current form and if Provinces don’t act accordingly to fill in the soon to be created gap. As previously highlighted, the Canadian Government’s ongoing effort to amend the Criminal Code to make MMA legal in Canada is not without it’s shortcomings.  One of … More Will The IOC’s Olympic Wrestling Exclusion Make Amateur Wrestling “Encounters” Illegal in Canada?

Canada’s MMA Law Passes First Reading in the House of Commons

Further to my efforts to keep track of Canada’s progress in formally legalizing MMA, Bill S-209 has now passed first reading in the House of Commons.  Below is the official Hansard transcript: Mr. Massimo Pacetti (Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel, Lib.)  moved for leave to introduce Bill S-209, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (prize fights).     He said: Mr. … More Canada’s MMA Law Passes First Reading in the House of Commons

Minister of Justice’s Office to Review Concerns Regarding Bill S-209 and Amateur Martial Arts/MMA

A brief update for those of you who have been following my concerns regarding Bill S-209 potentially criminalizing currently lawful amateur martial arts contests. As previously reported, BC’s Minister of Sport has responded to my concerns and is aware that appropriate Provincial legislation will need to be introduced if/when Bill S-209 passes.  I am pleased to report … More Minister of Justice’s Office to Review Concerns Regarding Bill S-209 and Amateur Martial Arts/MMA

Does Bill S-209 Criminlize Amateur MMA / Martial Arts Bouts in BC?

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?