Unit 3: Tort and Dispute Resolution
CHAPTER 11: RESOLVING CIVIL DISPUTES
E-ACTIVITY: VIOLENCE IN SPORTS (p. 313)
Activity: Debate the Issue of Hockey Violence
Slashing. High-sticking. Body-checking. In recent years the issue of
violence in sports has centred on the sport of hockey, especially in the
professional leagues. What should or should not be allowed in this contact
sport? Should there be limits to body contact or physical application
In this activity, you will participate in a class debate about hockey
violence. Specifically, you will argue for or against the following resolution:
Be it resolved that violence be banned from hockey.
The catch is that as you conduct your research you will not know which side
of the debate you will be arguing. Therefore, you will have to find arguments
to support both sides of the issue.
- Visit the following Web sites to find supporting arguments for both
sides of the hockey violence issue.
- The Marty
McSorley case, as covered at the CBC News Web site
- A summary of the McSorley
case at the Web site of criminal lawyer Ron Jourard
- Commentary from Ron
Watson, an expert on hockey violence, at the Web site of the
University of Western Ontario
- The position of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport at the
- Copy the following argument sheet into your notebook, and use it to
list the arguments you identified in Question 1 both for and against
the statement, "Be it resolved that violence be banned from hockey."