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COVID-19 Update - July 21

TCA News on Safe Return to Curling Regulations and Guidelines

First off, we hope this message is finding everyone well. It’s been a very busy past few months as we have been sorting through a variety of updates and information. I am pleased to share with you an update regarding COVID-19 and the impact on curling at TCA clubs.

· *MOST IMPORTANT** The direction from the federal and provincial government regarding COVID-19 guidelines is being updated daily, so TCA clubs will be adjusting their re-opening strategies accordingly. Please keep checking back with your home club (website and contact info can be found here: https://torontocurling.com/clubs/) and on our website www.torontocurling.com/covid-19 for the most updated information. 

The TCA has been working with each curling facility, as well as CurlON and Curling Canada, to share information about the safe return to curling this fall. I am providing a couple of important updates and clarifications that we encourage you to carefully consider: 

· Many people have been curious about how decisions are made. Once federal and provincial guidelines regarding businesses re-opening are provided, the TCA and TCA clubs are able to react and adapt.

· TCA events and programs are under review and are pending more information provided by the government. We will update you as soon as more information becomes available. 

· Many clubs have been surveying members for their thoughts on returning to curling. These surveys are important to clubs, as they are using this information to guide their decisions on re-opening in the fall. We thank everyone who has taken the time to provide their feedback to their home clubs and encourage you to continue doing so going forward.

· The Return-to-Play Guidelines from CurlON can be accessed here: https://torontocurling.com/covid-19/ It’s also important to note that the Return-to-Play Guidelines set out by CurlON and Curling Canada are not hard and fast rules, but rather a guide on how to re-open safely

· CurlON has a helpful FAQ section that is being updated daily. We encourage you to visit it for the most up-to-date information. The link to it can be accessed here: https://torontocurling.com/covid-19/ 

· Each curling facility has its own unique factors and therefore there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to new rules and regulations that will be in place at each club. Each club will have to decide which approach they will have to take to re-opening based on many factors including physical layout of the curling facility. It is of the utmost importance that you watch for communications from your club on what next season will look like.

· The TCA and TCA club managers continue to meet on a bi-weekly basis to share information, best practices and work together to find a safe return to curling. We thank all TCA club managers for their dedication, thoughtfulness and team spirit in working towards a safe return for curling in Toronto and the GTA.

We will be updating https://torontocurling.com/covid-19/, at minimum, on a weekly basis going forward. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please reach out to TCA President Danielle Inglis at danielle.inglis@torontocurling.com.

Sincerely,

Danielle Inglis

TCA President

CurlON COVID-19 Update - July 8

Return to Play Guidelines available from July 6th

CurlON released the Return to Play guidance document on July 6th. The document is very detailed and will guide our sport for the anticipated curling season. CurlON has recorded and distributed the Return to Play Townhall webinar previously scheduled to be presented on July 8th. Townhall webinar meetings scheduled for July 8th were cancelled.

Link to Return-to-Play Townhall webinar

A Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ) document was also distributed on July 8. If you have more questions for CurlON, please email to them using the email. covid@ontcurl.com

More Townhall webinars will be scheduled as required.

Working together we will all achieve the desired results. Looking forward to productive discussions.

Passing of Hugh Murphy, TCA Past President.

It is with incredible sadness that the Toronto Curling Association has learned of the passing of Hugh Murphy. Hugh was a former TCA President and also the recipient of the 2019 TCA Outstanding Achievement Award. 

Hugh was the consummate volunteer over the past 22 years as a member of TCA clubs and put in thousands of hours developing curling in the Greater Toronto area. He was also a past Board Member of the Ontario Curling Association (CurlON).

In particular, Hugh was a strong advocate for youth curling, running the junior program at Oakville for a number of years, chairing the highly successful Optimist bonspiel and coaching several bantam and junior teams. In his time as TCA President, Hugh was instrumental in bringing the outdoor curling to the City of Toronto and for adding the Mixed Doubles to our TCA line up.

Hugh was not only a staple in the curling scene at Oakville C.C. and Mississaugua G&CC, but was also a competitive curler with highlights including competing in the Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship with his wife Janet.

We will always remember Hugh’s passion for the game and zest for life.

Our thoughts are with Janet, his children Jestyn and Hale and his extended family and friends.

Hugh Murphy
Mixed Doubles Curling Hugh and Janet Murphy

Outstanding Contribution Award for 2020


Does anyone at your club deserve some recognition? Now’s the time to nominate them.

Once each year, we stop to recognize the many contributions made by those individuals who keep the curling clocks ticking.  

The TCA’s annual Outstanding Contribution Award is awarded to a member of a GTA club for anything from their on-ice accomplishments to their efforts organizing open-competitive club leagues—and everything in between.

We’ve been doing this for years!  (Click here for the proof!) Earl Hushagen won the award in 1973…and the list of award winners is truly impressive.   Don’t let this season’s good deeds go unnoticed — nominate someone now!

Deadline for 2020 submissions is September 1, 2020
The award is presented each fall at the AGM by the TCA.

TCA Outstanding Contribution Award Form

Olympics Deputy Chief Umpire - Michele Gower

Congratulations to the TCA’s Michele Gower, who has been named by the World Curling Federation (WCF) as the Deputy Chief Umpire for the 2022 Olympic curling competition in Beijing!

Please read the WCF’s announcement for this news

WCF Beijing Olympic Officials

COVID-19 Update

The TCA continues to work in partnership with our provincial and national associations as conversations continue about return to play guidelines for this fall season. The TCA will continue to share updates as more information becomes available. 

Please see the links below for COVID-19 resources:

Temporary Wage Subsidy, Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA) and the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)

New TCA Logo Design Contest

Toronto Curling Association 2020 Spring Contest

Are you an enthusiastic curling fan and/or participant?

Does helping an organization illustrate their brand excite you?

Could your creative design skills help promote curling in the GTA?

If so, the Toronto Curling Association (TCA) has an exciting opportunity for you!

We are looking for ideas to help us develop a new logo this fall that better reflects who we are and our mission. You can use your preferred media (original drawing, photography, video, writing) to share your ideas.

Some background about the TCA:

  • The Toronto Curling Association (TCA) is a volunteer organization dedicated to building the health of the sport of curling in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) for our generation and the next.
  • Our Mission Statement is to ensure that curling clubs prosper and grow across the GTA.
  • The TCA organizes events and competitions for curlers of all ages, responds to member and public inquiries, and raises funds to support the promotion of curling.
  • There are 24 curling facilities in and around the Greater Toronto Area that are members of the TCA.

Contest period:

The TCA Spring Logo contest will launch on May 8, 2020 and run until June 12, 2020.  All entries must be received by 11:59 pm on June 12, 2020. Entries are to be submitted using the attached entry form. Entries will be accepted from Ontario residents only.

Judging:

A panel of judges representing various TCA member clubs will be selected to judge the entries. Judging will take place from June 15-26, 2020.  The winning entry will be announced by the TCA on June 29, 2020.

Award for winning entry:

The winner will receive $300.

For more information, please contact Melissa Hogg Cunningham at Melissa.hogg@rogers.com.

2020 TCA Facility Fee Payments

Refer to the linked table to see the 2020 TCA Facility Fee payments.

Payment for ice used at all Championships, except the Youth and Mixed Doubles, was included .

For the 2019/2020 season, the Facility Fee was $15 per sheet.

Link to facility-fee-2020-payments

Support the Goldline Youth Championship with Irish Gurl T-Shirts

Irish Gurl Custom Creations will donate a portion of the sale of their T-Shirts to support the Goldline Youth Championship!

Below is a link that goes directly to the Curling T-Shirt page. 

Irish Gurl T-Shirts for curling

About Irish Gurl Custom Creations

Whether it is clothing, decals, banners or signs, we can create just what you are looking for.  

ORDERS LARGE OR SMALL

We can do single items at a reasonable rate or large orders at a bulk discount.

CurlON is looking for Host Clubs for Upcoming Clinics - Apply to Host extended to July 31

New Promotion for Clubs! CurlON will host at least one ‘FREE’ Clinic Series in each of the Zones. If your club is a willing host please express your interest to Laurence before July 31.  

Extended Deadline July 31

This fall CurlON will be expanding its offerings from the Clinic Program in order to help clubs attract and retain members. As part of the program, interested clubs will host a TryCURLINGnow program (before October 25th). CurlON will supply a Clinic instructor who will help teach club volunteers to run the 4 hour clinic. CurlON will invest in social media targeted marketing, specific to your club, to attract new curlers to the clinic. Your club will host the clinic (with the help of CurlON) and then host a minimum six (6) week Learn to Curl program (a training session will be held after the clinic).

If your club is already running a TryCURLINGnow or an Adult Learn to Curl program we can tailor a CurlON paid social media marketing package that will support your efforts … Just ask us how.

https://ontcurl.com/member-club-services-old/clinic-team/try-curling-now-showcase/

Contact Laurence for more information.     lbishop@ontcurl.com

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