Couchiching Connects: April 2014

In this Issue:

The Couchiching Gala 2014

A Message from the President

The 2014 Summer Conference

Call for Proposals - 2015 Summer Conference

Couchiching Conversations


Summer Conference 2013 Update

Our Members Write ...


Couchiching Alumni in the News

Relevant Readings and Viewings

Calling All Readers


The Couchiching Gala 2014: The Institute’s Signature Fundraising Event, April 24th!

Chair, Public Policy and Gala Committee, Leslie de Meulles,

Join us to celebrate the 2014 Couchiching Gala, led by Gala Chair, Sarabjit (Sabi) Marwah, Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Scotiabank. The annual Gala brings the spirit of the storied Couchiching Summer Conference to downtown Toronto, emphasizing small, intense discussions. Tables are limited to eight people, each led by a prominent individual known for asking provocative questions and driving thoughtful dialogue. The Gala offers individuals a rare opportunity to engage in lively, wide-ranging discussions on issues that matter.

The Gala will take place April 24th, 2014 at Archeo in the heart of the Distillery District. Cocktails are from 6:00 pm to 7:00 p.m., with dinner, conversations, and the Public Policy Award ceremony to follow. Individual tickets cost $500 and can be purchased by emailing Funds raised at the Gala are critical to our ongoing success. Each year, the Institute raises funds to ensure both our year-round Conversations and the Summer Conference are as broadly accessible as possible. The funds help support Summer Conference scholarships for 30 to 50 students and young leaders each year and keep conference rates as low as possible for other participants.

Meet the 2014 table hosts (See Couchiching Connects, March 2014, for complete bios:

Preet Banerjee is a personal finance expert, host of Million Dollar Neighbourhood on The Oprah Winfrey Network, a neuroscientist, author, race car driver, financial panelist on CBC’s The National, and writer of a personal finance column for The Globe and Mail.

Andrew Coyne is a national columnist for The National Post and is a long-time member of the CBC’s popular “At Issue” panel on The National.

Edward L. Greenspan, Q.C., L.S.M., L.L.D. D.C.L, is the senior partner in the Toronto law firm of Greenspan Partners LLP. He is the author of Greenspan: The Case for the Defence and has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Criminal Cases since 1975.

Mary Jo Haddad was President and CEO of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) from 2004 until 2013.

Tom Heintzman brings a distinguished record of service to environmental causes, most recently as co-founder of Bullfrog Power Inc., Canada's leading green energy provider.

Matthew Jocelyn is the Artistic and General Director of Canadian Stage.

Sheldon Levy is President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University.

Anna Porter is an award-winning author and renowned Canadian publisher.

Donald Schmitt is a principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects, which has won over 200 design awards.


A Message from the President - amanuel melles,

I trust you have welcomed Spring with open arms! Finally, it’s here. At the Institute, as you will note in this newsletter, our Committees have been busy full steam, planning and implementing various activities. The Program Committee is on track with preparations for the 2014 Summer Conference. The Gala Committee is poised to hold the Gala on April 24th, where we will present Phil Fontaine with the Public Policy Leadership Award. The Conversations Committee continues to hold engaging Conversations, including the Orillia Series. Check out the details below to find out how you can participate.

In the coming months, we will be providing details on transition at the Institute. After 25 years, the Institute and Base Consulting have mutually agreed it’s time for change. Our contractual relationship comes to an end in mid-May 2014. Our history with Base is long and deep. We will come back to this space to properly thank Base for its many years of service. The board is currently making arrangements for managing the transition. Change is an opportunity for revitalizing, and this particular change is coming at a time when we will be charting a new strategic plan for the Institute. We will provide an update on transition in the May newsletter.

In the March newsletter, we informed you of the resignation from the board of Rima Berns-McGown as Immediate Past President and Chair of the Nominations Committee. Rima has been very busy with a ground-breaking study, “The Perception & Reality of ‘Imported Conflict in Canada.” Rima’s resignation from our Board was prompted by the time-consuming demands of this absorbing and important study, which can be found at!imported-conflict-study/c25e. The study was successfully launched at a day-long event on March 17th at the Art Gallery of Ontario, which I had the pleasure of attending.

On behalf of the Institute, I extend our deepest condolences to the family of Hon. Jim Flaherty, who passed away suddenly on April 11th. We are saddened by the loss to his family and the country and we pay tribute to his many years of public service. He was a keynote speaker at the 2010 Summer Conference. Check YouTube highlights of his speech and a press conference he held on the Couch grounds at The full speech is available at

For a full obituary, see

RIP, Mr. Flaherty.

I wish you all a wonderful Spring and look forward to seeing many of you at the April 24 Gala and at the Lake for our 2014 Summer Conference!



The 2014 Summer Conference

More than a Game: The Politics and Potential of Sport, August 7-10, Geneva Park, Ontario.

Summer Conference Co-Chairs, Douglas Gibson,; Heather Keachie,


Meet four remarkable leaders who will speak at the 2014 Summer Conference.

Phyllis Berck is the director of the Toronto Office of Partnerships. A native of Winnipeg and a graduate of the University of Manitoba, she has held numerous leadership positions with the City of Toronto, including manager of Partnership Development, manager of Strategic Issues Coordination, and manager of Physical Activity and Sport Development. She was the director of Special Projects for the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid Corporation, a consultant on Public Participation for the Olympic Task Force, and manager of Recognition Ceremonies and of Community Relations for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary.

Phyllis has served on numerous boards, including as chair of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity, which presented her with its Herstorical Award for “distinguished contribution to gender equity in sport” in 1996. In 2001, Chatelaine Magazine chose Phyllis as a “Top 5 Role Models in Canada”. She has also been a YWCA Woman Distinction. She is an author and presenter on equity issues, recreation and social development, partnership development in municipal government, and the community and the Olympics. Phyllis is on the board and is a long-standing member of the First Narayever Congregation, a traditional egalitarian synagogue. She is also a serious marathoner, cyclist, and hiker.

Michael Chambers is a senior partner with the Ottawa law firm, Maclaren Corlett LLP, and has been engaged in the private practice of law for some 39 years. His avocation is sport. He has held many senior sport positions in Canada and internationally. A canoe/kayak athlete himself, he was Commodore of CanoeKayak Canada from 1986 to 1989, served as a member of the board of the Canadian Olympic Committee for 29 years, and was its president from 2001 to 2010. He was Chef de Mission of the Canadian Olympic Team at the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games. He currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Pan American Sports Organization and is the only Canadian to elected as a Vice President and is the first and only Canadian to sit on the Executive Council of the Association of National Olympic Committees and is Chair of its Juridical Commission. He has been a member of various International Olympic Committee (IOC) Working Groups, and currently is a member of the IOC Working Group in the Fight Against Irregular and Illegal Betting in Sport.

Michael was Vice Chair of Vancouver’s Bid to host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and served on the VANOC board, chairing its Governance and Ethics Committee. He played a key role in Toronto’s bid to secure the 2015 Pan and Para Pan American Games, serves on the Board of the TO2015 Organizing Committee, and chairs its Governance and Ethics Committee. In 2008, he was inducted as a member of the University of Ottawa Common Law Honour Society; in 2010, he was awarded the Gordon F. Henderson Award by the County of Carleton Law Association; in 2013, he was inducted into the City of Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by his alma mater, the University of Ottawa. A recipient of both the IOC Olympic Order and the Olympic Order of Canada, in 2012 he was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame. At the induction ceremony, he recalled an early learned lesson in sport that he brings to all aspects of his life: “to win without your integrity intact is no win at all”.

Bruce Kidd, PhD, is Interim Principal of the University of Toronto Scarborough, Warden of Hart House, and a Professor of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto. A former dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, he teaches and has written extensively about the history and political economy of Canadian and international sport and physical activity. He has authored or edited 12 books and hundreds of articles, papers, lectures, plays, and film and radio scripts. The Struggle for Canadian Sport won the Book Prize of the North American Society for Sport History in 1997. His most recent book is ‘Critical Support’ for Sport.

A lifelong advocate of human rights and athletes’ rights, Bruce is deeply involved in international development through sport. He was a founder of Commonwealth Games Canada’s International Development through Sport Program and initiated the U of T’s partnership with the University of Zambia on strengthening teacher preparation in physical education to enhance preventive education about HIV/AIDS. In 2007, he was commissioned by the International Working Group on Sport for Development and Peace to prepare literature reviews on sport for development and peace. As chair of the Commonwealth Advisory Body on Sport from 2009 to 2013, he significantly strengthened the Commonwealth Secretariat’s commitment to sport for development.

Bruce has participated in the Olympic Games as a track and field athlete, journalist, contributor to the arts and culture programs, and accredited social scientist. He was founding chair of the Olympic Academy of Canada and is an honorary member of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

Twice elected Canada’s Male Athlete of the Year by The Canadian Press, Bruce still holds the Canadian junior record for 5,000 metres after 51 years. He is a member of the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame (as an athlete and a builder) and the University of Toronto Sports Hall of Fame. In 2004, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2005, he was awarded the Canadian Olympic Order and in 2006 was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Commonwealth Sports Awards Foundation.

Richard W. Pound, O.C., O.Q., Q.C., Ad. E., F.C.A., is a lawyer in Montreal with Stikeman Elliott LLP. Long prominent in Canadian sport, he was president of the Canadian Olympic Committee from 1977 to 1982. He was awarded the Canadian Olympic Order in 1996 and has been inducted into the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. As an athlete, he was a double Olympic finalist in swimming at the 1960 Olympic Games and won one gold, two silvers, and one bronze medal at the 1962 Commonwealth Games.

He has served the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in many capacities, including its Executive Board; as Vice-President; as Founding Chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA); and as Chairman of numerous IOC Commissions. From 1983 to 2001, he was responsible for all commercial matters, including television, marketing, sponsorships, licensing, and new media.

Richard received the International Swimming Hall of Fame Gold Medallion Award 2002, was named to Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for his relentless efforts to rid sport of performance-enhancing drugs (2005), and was awarded the Laureus World Sports Award for his work as the head of WADA (2008).

His many honors and awards include Officer, Order of Canada; Doctor of Philosophy, United States Sports Academy; Doctor of Laws University of Windsor, University of Western Ontario, Lakehead University, McGill University, Université du Québec, and Concordia University; Doctor of Sports Administration, Laurentian University; Doctor of Beijing Sport University; and Doctor of Letters, Loughborough University. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1991.

Chancellor of McGill University from 1999 to 2009, he has been Chancellor Emeritus and Governor Emeritus since 2009 and was Chairman of the Board of Governors from 1994 to 1999.

Richard’s sport-related publications include:

Five Rings Over Korea: the Secret Negotiations behind the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Little Brown & Co., (1994)

Inside The Olympics, a Behind-The-Scenes look at the Politics, the Scandals, and the Glory of The Games, John Wiley & Sons Canada Ltd (2004)

Inside Dope, How Drugs are the Biggest Threat to Sports, Why You Should Care, and What Can Be Done about Them, John Wiley & Sons Canada Ltd (2006)


The 2015 Summer Conference Call for Proposals, Deadline: April 30, 2014

The Institute on is calling for proposals from members for the 2015 Couchiching Summer Conference, August 6-9, 2015. This is your chance to let us know what you believe would make a great Couchiching Conference topic and experience.*

Decision-Making Process

We are ensuring an open, transparent, and inclusive decision-making process. Proposals submitted by the deadline date will be distributed to the Board of Directors and the Program Committee in mid-April. There will be two opportunities to review and discuss the submissions and we invite Members to participate in person or by phone in these discussions in Toronto. Meeting details will be provided in April. The first discussion will take place on May 13, 2014, at the Program Committee meeting and the second discussion will take place on June 17, 2014 and will include a vote. The outcome of the vote and the final recommendation will be presented to the board at its June meeting. The 2015 Conference topic will be announced in August at the 2015 Summer Conference.


Please submit no more than 3 pages and include the following:

  • Your name and team members
  • Conference working title
  • Conference theme: tell us why you believe it is important for the Institute to address this topic; what is the draw?
  • Brief conference descriptor (250 words), including key approach to the topic and questions to be addressed
  • Potential opening and closing sessions with potential keynote speakers (Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon). You can make your suggestions based on our general conference architecture over 3.5 days
  • Panel session topics and potential speakers: Friday morning, Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday evening, and Sunday morning.
  • Anything special that you believe would be a unique feature or approach to the program, i.e. a debate, a cultural event, etc.
  • Potential sponsors and funders (corporate/ foundation/ government)

Deadline: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Submit proposals to:

For further queries, please contact: Heather Keachie, Co-Chair, 2014 Summer Conference,

*Please be aware that the chosen topic will be developed further by the 2015 Conference Chair and will be subject to revision by the Program Committee in that given year.



Couchiching Conversations - Chair, Conversations, Salim Rachid,; @salim_rachid

Couchiching Conversations micro-site: Registering for future Couchiching Conversations is easier than ever before. We're happy to announce the launch of our Couchiching Conversations (embed link in "Couchiching Conversations" dedicated site. Check it out and tell us what you think.

Conversations Held

Spirit of Social Change Conversations Series: In partnership with the Inspirit Foundation (embed link, and with support from the Baha'i Community of Canada (embed link, we have successfully held seven conversations in the month of March in Calgary, Ottawa, London, Montreal, Edmonton, and Toronto. Read more about these past Conversations (embed link in "Past Conversations"

Conversations Upcoming

Orillia Series

April 29th Orillia Conversation: "Sports and Higher Education” will be discussed from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Lakehead University. For more information contact Doug West

May 27th Toronto Conversation: A Conversation on “Sports and Public Space: The Revitalization of Local and Neighbourhood Sports” will take place at the LAMP Community Health Centre from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Find out more about our local partners (embed link and details of these events by visiting our Couchiching Conversations micro-site.

Orillia Series

April 29 th Orillia Conversation: "Sports and Higher Education” will be discussed from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Lakehead University.

May 27th Toronto Conversation: A Conversation on “Sports and Public Space: The Revitalization of Local and Neighbourhood Sports” will take place at the LAMP Community Health Centre from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

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A Special Annual Event Report

On March 19th, guests pulled up a chair and came together to learn about the health of children around the world at the SickKids Café Scientifique co-sponsored by the Institute.

Dr. John Kirton, moderator and Institute board member, anchored the evening’s discussions with wit and knowledgeable facts. Panel experts, including Dr. Stanley Zlotkin, Chief, SickKids Centre for Global Child Health, Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, Director of Research at the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health, Dr. Daniel Roth, SickKids Clinician-Scientist, and Rebecca Harry, Program Officer at Save the Children Canada, quickly grabbed the crowd’s attention by focusing on key global issues affecting children’s health.

Bhutta highlighted the progress that has been made to reduce the number of preventable childhood deaths from causes such as diarrhea and pneumonia. Since the launch of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), global initiatives have saved millions of children’s lives, demonstrating an immense international effort. The panel agreed that despite huge progress, there was still work to be done. Since 2002 global initiatives have saved the lives of four million children each year, going from 10 million preventable child deaths a year to six million.

“The integration of maternal and child health is key to prevent newborn deaths in low and middle-income countries,” said Bhutta. For older children, “preventive strategies such as vaccinations, sanitation, nutrition, and also appropriate detection and management of illnesses are four ways we can save these children’s lives.”

After some insightful remarks from the panelists, the floor was opened up to the audience, many of whom were seeking perspectives on challenges surrounding strengthening health care systems and the future surrounding the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. These important topics brought about exciting discussion between guests and panelists on how to improve the state of global child health moving forward.

“By working together and solving problems step-by-step, we can make a difference,” said Zlotkin. “You shouldn’t feel the problem is too big for you to solve. Each of us has a role to play in making children healthier, worldwide.”

SickKids Café Scientifique is supported by the SickKids Research Institute, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs.


The Globe and Mail, April 11th: On the death of Hon. Jim Flaherty, reporter Gary Ottman wrote: “Right from birth, the odds were stacked against Jim Flaherty’s success. The sixth of eight children in a family of Liberal supporters. A hockey player measuring in at 5-foot-3. A kid from a blue-collar suburb navigating the leafy, gentlemanly climes of Princeton University. A twice-defeated candidate for leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives. Hands on the country’s purse strings just as all the money was vanishing.” The former minister was a speaker at the 2010 Summer Conference, “Watershed Moment or Wasted Opportunity (

Summer Conference 2013 Update

C’est la Vie, April 14th: National news icon, Gareth Hampshire, reports in-depth on the new Grandin Station Murals in Edmonton. Join him in discussion with host Bernard St-Laurent as they explore the deeper meanings and even deeper feelings that surround this hot button issue. (For background, visit Aaron Paquette Network below, March 21st).



Canadian Politics and Public Policy, March-April 2014: Robin V. Sears wrote: “History is often written in moments of unforeseen oppor­tunity, blessed serendipity and politically harmonic con­vergence. When Stephen Harper and Shawn Atleo jointly announced a new, long-sought deal between the federal government and First Nations on education February 7, it wasn’t simply the predictable product of bureaucratic slogging. There was an element of chance involved, best illustrated in an astonishing message Atleo received while attending Nelson Mandela’s funeral with the Canadian delegation.” Atleo, the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, was a speaker at the 2013 Summer Conference, “Coming Together: Navigating the Relationship Between Indigenous Peoples and Canada ( )

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The Canadian Press, April 3rd: National affairs reporter Bruce Cheadle wrote about how the proposed Fair Elections Law would hamper aboriginal voters: “Gladys Christiansen had a question of her own for the Conservative government as she testified before a parliamentary committee studying controversial election law changes.

“The government continually stresses the accountability of First Nations,” Christiansen, the human resources director for Saskatchewan’s Lac La Ronge Indian Band, told MPs.

“What about the government’s accountability to Canadians?”

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Aaron Paquette Network, March 21st: Aaron Paquette, a speaker at the 2013 Summer Conference, unveiled a mural on the east wall of the Grandin LRT Station in Edmonton, and wrote: “If you believe you are small, you are small.

“That was the hope of the federal government and various churches who attempted to eradicate the culture and identity of First Nations children across Canada. Murder, theft, lies and betrayals. Indoctrination, torture, rape and abuse. Such were the tools.

“To be fair, there were some well meaning goals and intentions among a few. There were many children who received a gentle education in the ways of the European mindset.

“But there were many who did not.”

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Our Members Write ...

The Globe and Mail, March 18th: In an op-ed on the Mosaic Institute’s study , “The Perception & Reality of ‘Imported Conflict in Canada”; (!imported-conflict-study/c25e), Rima Berns-McGown, Mike Morden, and John Monahan wrote: “Without exception, all the communities from all the conflicts we studied wholeheartedly repudiated the use of violence in Canada … [but] while we don’t import violent conflict, we do import trauma from conflict zones – and we do a poor job of helping its victims recover from it.” Rima is the senior project advisor and research director; Mike is the research director of the study; and John is Mosaic’s executive director.


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The Globe and Mail, April 10th: Ken Dryden, an author, former Liberal member of Parliament, and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame who will speak at the 2014 Summer Conference, wrote: “It is hard to imagine how Pauline Marois could have run a worse campaign. Just a few weeks ago, her Parti Québécois was on its way to a majority victory and a third referendum. Quebec voters’ minds were focused on the past, where she wanted them – on the provincial Liberals’ record in government, kept fresh by daily testimony at the Charbonneau commission. On her government’s corruption-busting efforts, and on its widely supported Charter of Quebec Values.”

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Inside the Games, April 4th: Richard Pound, the veteran Canadian lawyer and sport administrator, and a speaker at the upcoming 2014 Summer Conference, returns to a key role in Olympic broadcasting.

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Inside the Games, March 28 – Reporter Gary Anderson wrote: “Glasgow 2014 organisers have been urged ‘to keep the hard work going’ by Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Vice-President Bruce Robertson, who warned there is "no room now for complacency" with less than 120 days to go.” He is the chair of the CGF’s 2014 Coordination Commissions and a member of the 2014 Summer Conference Program Committee and the Fund-raising Committee.

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The Toronto Star, March 30th: Orlando Bowen says he was brutally beaten by two police officers in 2004. Ten years later, he wants them to know he forgives them. He will be a speaker at the 2014 Summer Conference.

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Couchiching Alumni in the News

The National Post, April 9th: Reporter Jason Fekete wrote: “Several current and past Conservative members of Parliament are hoping former federal cabinet minister — and potential Stephen Harper successor — Jim Prentice will jump into the race to be the next Alberta Progressive Conservative leader and premier.” He was a speaker at the 2011 Summer Conference, “From the Ground Up: Civic Engagement in Our Time” (

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The Globe and Mail, April 4th: Middle East correspondent Patrick Martin wrote: “After eight months and lots of hype, the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, intended to finalize a two-state solution to the 66-year conflict, came unravelled this week.” He was a speaker at the 2012 Summer Conference, “The Arab Spring: Implications and Consequences for Canada” (

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The Canadian Press, April 3rd: Reporter Joan Bryden wrote: “Sheila Fraser, the former auditor general who became a virtual folk hero for exposing the sponsorship scandal, is training her sights on what she sees as a new abuse by the federal government: its controversial overhaul of Canada’s election laws.” She was a speaker at the 2013 Summer Conference, “Coming Together: Navigating the Relationship Between Indigenous Peoples and Canada ( ).

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The Globe and Mail, April 1st: Paul Heinbecker wrote: “In the alternative universe that is contemporary Ottawa, secrecy is accountability, subversion is reform, communications are policy, movement is action, convictions trump evidence and incompetence passes for effectiveness. From the Fair Elections Act to the long-form census to the long-gun registry and tough-on-crime legislation to Senate reform to climate change and the stifling of science, to a long list of exceptionally bad senior appointments, reality is what the government and its acolytes say it is, neither more nor less.” Canada’s last ambassador to serve on the United Nations Security Council, he is a former chief foreign policy adviser to prime minister Brian Mulroney. He is currently with Laurier University and the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ont., and was a speaker at the 2012 Summer Conference.

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National Post, March 12th: Former board member Dr. Danielle Martin was the focus of an article by reporter Tristan Hepper, who wrote: “A Toronto doctor snidely held her own Tuesday after an obscure U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing suddenly turned into a quarrel over the purported deadliness of Canadian health care. “On average, how many Canadian patients on a waiting list die each year? Do you know?” Republican Senator Richard Burr asked at the end of a prickly exchange with Dr. Danielle Martin, vice president of Medical Affairs at Toronto’s Women’s College Hospital.”

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Relevant Readings and Viewings


CBC Player, March 27th: Duncan McCue explores how hockey provided an outlet for many aboriginals in the country’s residential school system.




The Spartan Daily, April 3rd: Reporter Austin Belisle wrote: “It's been one of the most challenging questions athletes have had to deal with since performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) and steroids were injected into the culture of American sports, changing the public's perception of athletic achievement forever.”

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Play True Magazine, April 2nd: “Recently-appointed WADA Athlete Chair Beckie Scott called for fellow athletes to become more outspoken on anti-doping issues within their respective sports. Read more:

Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, March 31st: “In its third quarter, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport announced how the more than $800,000 one-time contribution from the Government of Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee, and the Canadian Paralympic Committee would be used to help fight doping in sport.”

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Science Codex, March 19th: “While the world's best athletes competed during last month's winter Olympics, doctors and scientists were waging a different battle behind the scenes to make sure no one had an unfair advantage from banned performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). Now, for the first time, researchers have unveiled a new weapon.”

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Swimming World, March 18th: “In what is becoming a scourge of the sport of swimming worldwide, Methylhexaneamine has struck down another swimmer as FINA has announced two more doping bans from Italy and Australia. If you've been following FINA's anti-doping reports in recent years, you will know that no other substance has tested positive more in the sport.”

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Herald Scotland, March 14th: Sports columnist Susan Egelstaff wrote: “The world of doping has always been murky and complicated but if such a thing is possible, it has become even more labyrinthine in recent weeks. In the aftermath of last month's Winter Olympics in Sochi, reports emerged that a number of Russian athletes had been using xenon gas to enhance their performances.”

Read more:, Match 8th: Kathleen Skene, chief reporter for the Gold Coast Bulletin, wrote:

“Cheap steroids and hormone supplements are adding to the attraction of Thailand as a destination for young Australians hoping to boost their bulk and self- image.”

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CBC News, April 2: “A Winnipeg mother and father have been banned from watching their eight-year-old son play hockey for three years after they got into a fist fight with the opposing team's coaches during a kids tournament in Fargo, N.D., earlier this year. The parents are appealing the three-year ban.”

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IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) news release, March 13th: Following the approval by the IAAF Congress last year of the IAAF Code of Ethics, which came into force on 1 January 2014, the seven members of the IAAF Ethics Commission have been appointed by IAAF Council for a four-year term

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“Facing the explosion of online sports betting, many European States have chosen to legalize the activity in order to better control it.”

Read “Money Laundering: the Latest Threat to Sports Betting?”, a white paper published by Iris,



The Canadian Press, April,2nd: “Gymnast Kyle Shewfelt, speed skater Cindy Klassen, and the Canadian men's rowing team of 2008 headline this year's inductees into Canada's Olympic Hall of Fame. Hockey coach Pat Quinn and the late Ralph Klein, who spearheaded Calgary's bid to host the 1988 Winter Games, will enter the hall as builders.”

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CBC News, March 31st: “The City of Edmonton is bidding for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. City manager Simon Farbrother said the city decided to submit a bid after the province agreed to fund most of the $1 billion cost.”

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The Edmonton Journal, March 31st: Reporter Gordon Kent wrote: [Edmonton’]”made a last-minute bid to revisit one of Alberta’s historic high points by hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Edmonton, site of the wildly successful 1978 Games, has been working on the idea for years, but 18 months ago the scheme appeared dead.

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The Moscow Times, March 25th: “President Vladimir Putin launched a program to improve the physical fitness of Russians, using funds from the Winter Olympics to revive a Soviet-era plan. Speaking at a meeting with officials in the Kremlin, Putin said that reinstating the plan, first introduced in the 1930s under Joseph Stalin and known in Russia by the acronym GTO, would "pay homage to our national historical traditions."



Inside the Games, April 10th: Reporter Nick Butler wrote: “Integrity in sport was roundly criticized during the final panel discussion of the SportAccord Convention as the sports world was accused of ‘over-promising and under-delivering’ by former NBA player John Amaechi.”

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SportAccord The Daily, April 11th: “A cry for help to combat match-fixing and doping in sport went out to governments around the world “at the 2014 SportAccord Convention in Belek, Turkey.

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Toronto 2015 March 7th: “Toronto 2015 announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Huron-Wendat Nation, which will see the indigenous people get involved in the Games.”


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CBC, March 12th: “The opening weekend of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games drew 15 per cent of the Canadian population to the English-language television coverage provided by the CBC-led Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) Broadcast and Digital Media Consortium. Between Friday, March 7 and Sunday, March 9, approximately 5.3 million Canadians watched at least part of the TV coverage, including Friday's Opening Ceremony.”

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Environmental Scan 2010: Trends and Issues in Canada and in Sport: “This scan identifies key trends and developments that are likely to play an important role in shaping the social, cultural, economic, governmental and sport landscape in Canada in the coming 10-15 years. The areas for inclusion in this document encompass a broad spectrum of issues that have the capacity to impact Canadians, and therefore potentially how Canadians relate to sport. While some trends in this document might not seem linked to sport issues, it is important to note the sport choices Canadians make are not linked only to sports trends and issues, but to a combination of factors. This environmental scan attempts to summarize important trends and issues in many areas of Canadians’ lives.”


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SIRC, April 6th: The Canadian Sport Tourism Commission (CSTA), an organization with 400 members including 142 municipalities, over 200 national and provincial sport organizations as well as product and service suppliers to the industry celebrates the recent Global Sports Nations Index which ranks Canada as the number two sporting nation in the world.”

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