Letter to Members on Ottawa Lions Suspension of Ken Porter

In light of the recent allegations made against Ken Porter on Athletics Canada’s social media feed, the Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club is, effective immediately, suspending Ken Porter’s affiliation with the Club pending the outcome of the independent investigation being conducted by the Athletics Canada Commissioner’s Office.

The Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club recognizes and acknowledges the interim suspension that Athletics Canada Commissioner Fowlie imposed upon Ken Porter on March 25, 2019. The Club is taking the additional step of implementing its own suspension in addition to that brought by Athletics Canada to make clear our procedures when allegations of harassment are brought forward to the Club.

We want to assure all members that creating and maintaining a healthy, safe and secure sporting environment for all our athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and employees is a top priority for our organization. Any actions that contravene our Statement of Expectations or Harassment Policy are incompatible with that environment and strictly prohibited.

As such, members are encouraged to contact the Club’s Ombudsperson if they are aware of any such actions. The Ombudsperson has been given the authority by the Board of Directors to investigate all complaints of violations of the Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club’s Statement of Expectations or Harassment Policy.