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Artistic Swimming

Tyr LLP and Davies Ward Phillips and Vineberg LLP are jointly prosecuting this proposed class action on a pro bono basis on behalf of the plaintiffs.

Case Details

The proposed class action has been brought on behalf of all individuals who trained with the Canada Artistic Swimming ("CAS") national teams from January 1, 2010 to present and who were subjected to psychological abuse, neglect, and harassment by CAS coaches or staff.

The proceeding alleges that the types of harm suffered by members of CAS national teams include:

  1. psychological abuse, including criticisms of a person's body (body-shaming), intimidating, humiliating, degrading or threatening comments and deliberate denial of attention and support;
  2. neglect, through failing to provide reasonable care, attention to athlete's needs and wellbeing. This includes withholding or denying adequate nutrition, medical attention, inadequate supervision, ignoring an injury or athlete's report of pain, knowing about the psychological abuse and harassment and failing to report; and
  3. harassment, including sexual and racial comments that were insulting, humiliating, malicious, and offensive.

The action alleges, among other things, that CAS:

  1. Directly engaged in, knew of, encouraged, and tolerated the psychological abuse, neglect, harassment, and suffering of its national teams athletes;
  2. Failed to act or intervene in response to such misconduct committed by successive CAS head coaches and other staff members;
  3. Failed to provide its athletes with a safe and respectful training environment; and
  4. Unlawfully and intentionally interfered with its athletes' rights protected by Quebec's Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

Tyr LLP and Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP are jointly prosecuting this proposed class action on behalf of the plaintiffs.

Join Class Action

Updates related to the class action will appear here...

Any files or documents related to the case will be posted here. Feel free to download and retain these documents for your personal records.

Download Originating application for authorization to institute a class action.

Download Amended originating application for authorization to institute a class action.

Download Judgment on request to amend and to file evidence.

  1. Who can participate in the proposed class action?

    All individuals who trained with the CAS national teams from January 1, 2010 to present and who were subjected to psychological abuse, neglect, and harassment by CAS coaches or staff.

  2. Do I need to do anything to join the proposed class action?

    No. The action has not yet been authorized by the court. If it is authorized, a person who fits within the court's definition of the class is automatically included in the class action unless he or she follows the court's instructions on how to be excluded.

  3. What should I do now?

    Keep any documents that relate to your experiences on the CAS national teams, such as texts or emails.

    Complete the contact form with any pertinent information to receive case updates. Please indicate whether you wish to keep your identity confidential.

Jim
James Bunting
Partner
Carlos
Carlos Sayao
Partner
Anna
Anna White
Associate

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DISCLAIMER

Do not rely upon information on this website as legal or professional advice. Information on this website should not be treated as a substitute for legal advice relevant to particular circumstances.

This website will be regularly updated to provide class members additional information regarding the proposed proceeding.