Sports Minister expects a wave of complaints about the new commissioner

Sarah-Ève Pelletier, the country’s first Sports Integrity Commissioner, will begin receiving and handling complaints on June 20th.

Founded in 2017, the US Center for SafeSport states that it has received 5,000 reports and disciplined more than 600 people in the first three years.

In his first five months as Minister of Sports for Pascal St. Onji, allegations of abuse, sexual abuse and misappropriation were filed against at least eight national sports organizations she called. crisis..

Minister St-Onge has set up the Office of the Sports Integrity Commissioner (BCIS) as an independent organization to investigate reports of abuse.

St-Onge told The Canadian Press. I know that I get a lot of calls just from what I’ve heard in the last few weeks or months.

I’m really upset by the story we heard. I am happy to have an independent mechanism. I think the first few years will be difficult, but I hope that as soon as the situation arises, athletes will know who they can rely on and have a future where they can intervene as soon as possible. Possible.

This year’s federal budget provided C $ 16 million to fund the operation of BCIS in the first three years.

Sport Canada has already paid over $ 1 million annually to Canada’s Sports Dispute Resolution Center (SDRCC), which provides arbitration and mediation services for dispute resolution.

By comparison, SafeSport’s funding in the United States in 2020 was US $ 18.2 million, with the US Olympic and Paralympic Commission contributing US $ 11.5 million.

If you have enough resources, carefully monitor the situation promised by Pascal St. Onji. We are already funding SDRCC. Let’s see what happens to that additional $ 16 million over the next three years. This new mechanism is an absolute priority and effective for me.

All national sports organizations are bound by a universal code of conduct. St-Onge says he met with the National Sports Organization (NSO) on safe sports.

“” They all know that this is a really big problem. I’m not going to continue to tolerate the situations and stories I’ve heard. They all know that we are working on cultural change and that they must be part of it. We will raise the bar on what to expect from them and how to prevent these situations from occurring. »»

— — Quote from Pascal strike Onji, Minister of Sport

Canadian basketball campaign

Pascale St-Onge supports the Basketball Canadian Learn About the Signs campaign announced Thursday in Ottawa at the Canadian Elite Basketball League match between Black Jacks and Scarborough Shooting Stars. The minister attended the match.

The campaign, funded by Sports Canada, contains ads that dramatically represent toxic behavior.

Not all gyms in this country can be attended, but all gyms can be held accountable, “said Michael Bartlett, CEO of the Basketball Canada. Our job is to use megaphones, platforms, marketing power and resources to bring the basketball community’s attention into what is acceptable and what is unacceptable, and to empower them to oppose unacceptable behaviour. .. Free access to tools and resources to know what to do in these situations.

We do this because it is our job to lead the sharing and facilitation of what is right and what is wrong.

Bartlett is set up for an advertising campaign aimed at potentially inspiring people to report cases of child abuse and abuse in basketball sports.

St-Onge is a good sign that a large organization like the Basketball Canada is trying to do something around this subject. In the light of the latest stories we have heard, one of the problems with the sports system is the culture of silence. People remained silent in the face of these situations. Talking about it is a really important first step.