Safe sport without governmental oversight is not safe

The objective of the piece was not to lambaste amateur sport organizations for these shortcomings because, while many amateur sport organizations could and should do more, nothing they can do will actually solve the problem. The only path to safe sport is through a federally-funded, multi-sport system of education, reporting and discipline. Unfortunately, this past week, the CBC reported on a story that highlights why this is necessary.

Hockey Nova Scotia Releases Diversity and Inclusion Report

On May 12, 2021, Hockey Nova Scotia released its Diversity & Inclusion Task Force: Final report & recommendations. The Task Force was created in December 2019 after Logan Prosper (We’koqma’k First Nation) received racist comments at a minor hockey game. To their credit, Hockey Nova Scotia moved quickly to try to make sure that what…

Anti-Racism Incubator: Showcasing your work

“We are, as a culture, moving on to a future with more people and more voices and more possibilities. Some people are being left behind, not because the future is intolerant of them but because they are intolerant of this future.” ~ Rebecca Solnit, Whose Story Is This? Last year, the Implementing Anti-Racism Q&A took…

Referee Abuse Demands Meaningful Action, Not Cosmetic Changes

The conventional structure of a hockey game, in which participants are penalized for breaking the rules and penalties increase depending on the severity of the violation, is not suitable to address verbal abuse of officials. A new approach is necessary and needed urgently. The green armband is not a new approach; it’s more of the same. While hockey “listens and learns”, officials are suffering.

Misogynie 101

To read the English version click [HERE]. Quelle histoire ! Si vous ne savez pas ce qui se passe par rapport à la NWHL et Barstool, vous pouvez vous mettre à jour avec l’article de Hemal Javeri [ICI]. C’est devenu pire ce matin quand Dave Portnoy, Président de Barstool, a posté sa propre vidéo haineuse.…

#ForTheGame: Tales from the cutting room floor

Women’s hockey has long received the short end of the stick, but when the CWHL folded it laid bare how significant the disparities really were. Lack of viewership, sponsorship, media coverage, statistics, and wages are the common issues that come up but, with hindsight being 20/20, I realized that the lack of research on women’s…

Misogyny 101

Pour lire la version FRANÇAISE cliquer [ICI]. Oh the drama. If you don’t know what is going on with respect to the NWHL and Barstool, you can get caught up with Hemal Javeri’s piece [HERE]. It got worse this morning when Dave Portnoy, President of Barstool, posted his own hateful video. I will not re-post…