𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐃𝐈𝐂𝐓 𝐈𝐒 𝐈𝐍...
The SDRCC’s Arbitrator, Ms. Janice Johnston, has issued her Final Award in the Arbitration (SDRCC 19-0434; Alberta Cricket Council vs. Cricket Canada).
Here are some of the excerpts from her Award:
“(𝑟𝑒𝑔𝑎𝑟𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑒𝑐𝑖𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑖𝑠𝑠𝑢𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑃𝑎𝑛𝑒𝑙 𝑠𝑒𝑡 𝑢𝑝 𝑏𝑦 𝐶𝑟𝑖𝑐𝑘𝑒𝑡 𝐶𝑎𝑛𝑎𝑑𝑎) I have absolutely no hesitation in concluding that by not following my specific instructions regarding the time for the review, which were intended to ensure a fair process, that the decision rendered based on the utilization of an erroneous time frame, is in fact not fair… I do not agree that in a case of this nature there should some sort of presumption in favour of the existing PSO. The fact that the Review Panel felt this way is another taint on the process that was utilized …Therefore, decision of the Review Panel cannot stand”
“(𝑟𝑒𝑔𝑎𝑟𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐴𝑟𝑏𝑖𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛) Both parties in their submissions have acknowledged my jurisdiction to determine this matter. The parties also agreed very early on in this process, that the matter could be determined based on the written submissions filed by the parties … My decision is a public document”
“(𝑟𝑒𝑔𝑎𝑟𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑑𝑒𝑐𝑖𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛) At this point in time, the sport of Cricket in the province of Alberta is very polarized and dysfunctional. This occurred under the stewardship of the ACA … after long and careful consideration I have come to the conclusion that it is time for fresh leadership in the sport of cricket in Alberta. I do not reach this decision lightly but I am satisfied in that it is the correct decision after having been involved in this case for more than a year and having spent countless hours reviewing the submissions and multitudinous documents filed in this case.
"(𝐻𝑒𝑟 𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑑𝑖𝑐𝑡) 𝐈 𝐚𝐦 𝐬𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭, 𝐩𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐮𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐁𝐲-𝐥𝐚𝐰 𝟐.𝟐 (𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐭 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐝𝐚), 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐀𝐂𝐂 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐞𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐥𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐚 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐡𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡 𝐛𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐚 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 (𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐭 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐝𝐚) 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐯𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐦𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐬 … 𝐓𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐜𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫, 𝐈 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐏𝐒𝐎 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐥𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐚 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐀𝐂𝐂 (𝐀𝐥𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐭a 𝐂𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐭 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐥)."
So ladies and gentlemen... after over 3 years of struggles, the truth has finally prevailed thanks to the strength and determination of all our members; and thanks to the laws and process of the wonderful country we live in.
𝐖𝐄 𝐇𝐀𝐕𝐄 𝐖𝐎𝐍!
And now we are ready to take this and move forward with developing the sport of cricket in this province. #albertastrong
We hope to work with Cricket Canada as the PSO and Provincial Member from Alberta; put our differences in the past and move on from here to bigger and better things.