Tag Archives: David Aitken

Is Edmonton Combative Sports Commission executive director Pat Reid criminally responsible for Tim Hague’s death?

If Pat Reid did his job Tim Hague would still be alive. Had Reid, whose sole job it is to enforce the City of Edmonton’s combat sports bylaws and policies followed his own governing statutes, Hague would not have been granted a licence to compete in the June 16 boxing bout that inevitably rendered him brain dead and deceased within two ...

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An open letter to Canadian combat sports stakeholders

We have a problem. We need to stop looking the other way, pretending it doesn’t exist and actually fix it once and for all, instead of burying our heads in the sand. Over the past several years the poor decisions and incompetence of the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission and its woefully inept executive director Pat Reid have turned the once respected ...

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2011 tampered gloves debacle should have earned Pat Reid a lifetime combat sports ban

If you’ve never seen Assault in the Ring, do yourself a favor and watch it and see how reputations, careers, and lives were ruined over a pair of tampered boxing gloves.   (Video courtesy of YouTube) On the undercard of the June 16, 1983 Roberto Durán-Davey Moore WBA light middleweight championship fight card at Madison Square Gardens undefeated 14-0 welterweight Billy Collins Jr. ...

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How Pat Reid was handed the keys to the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission

Pat Reid’s contentious reign as executive director of the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission nearly ended before it began. It would have, had it not been for his friends in high places at city hall. Just prior to Reid’s May 2009 interview with the City of Edmonton-appointed hiring committee, one commission member stumbled upon various online stories about two Pat Reids from Ontario — ...

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Edmonton pushing for provincial regulation power for cash-strapped ECSC

It’s no wonder the City of Edmonton has protected Pat Reid so fiercely from day one no matter how much or how badly he screwed up. If he goes down, they all go down, like a house of cards. Several city staffers were a part of the scheme that was concocted to anoint Reid with absolute power. And most have ...

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Audio: hear ECSC executive director Pat Reid admit to bylaw breach in Cody McKenzie case

I received an official response this weekend from the City of Edmonton regarding my story on the Edmonton Combative Sport Commission’s improprieties I uncovered while working on a news piece on how Cody McKenzie’s WSOF 18 suspension was decided upon by the ECSC. Before I respond to each faulty explanation in the letter, I think it’s important that I share some ...

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